King’s College London facing censorship claims amid Lord Carey gay marriage row

Feb 25, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: One of Britain’s top universities is facing accusations of censoring debate amid plans to remove a prominent photograph of the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey because of his opposition to gay marriage. King’s College London is considering stripping the peer of his place among a line-up of famous former students outside its main building after campaigners condemned his views on same-sex marriage as “offensive”. It follows calls from student activists for...

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Congratulating Wesleyan

Feb 25, 2015 by

By Carl Trueman, First Things: Several friends contacted me over the weekend with news that Wesleyan University has taken the ever-expanding list of initials used to refer to sexual identities to new heights of absurdity or sensitivity, depending on one’s perspective. We are now apparently up to fifteen letters:LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. It is easy to laugh at such gibberish on the grounds that it is as absurd as it is self-regarding. Yet that would be a mistake. First, there is the long-established...

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Identity politics has created an army of vicious, narcissistic cowards

Feb 20, 2015 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spectator: Has there ever been a more petulant mob of moaners than that which is currently hurling abuse at Peter Tatchell? On Twitter, which is where these people live, self-styled queers and gender-benders are insulting and even threatening to kill Tatchell, the man whose risk-taking and street-fighting over 40-odd years helped to secure their liberation, to create a society in which they could live and speak freely. And how do they repay him? By tweeting their...

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The British left is in open civil war over free speech … and transexuals

Feb 16, 2015 by

By Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart: We report today that gay rights icon Peter Tatchell and other prominent figures on the British Left are currently the subjects of a bizarre and vicious witch-hunt by transsexual rights campaigners and their allies. “I’d like to tweet about your murder you f–king parasite,” wrote one anonymous tweeter to Tatchell over the weekend. It’s worth taking a moment to consider how this extraordinary state of affairs came about. The row started when 150 of Britain’s...

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We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals

Feb 16, 2015 by

Letter to The Guardian: Universities have a particular responsibility to resist this kind of bullying. The fate of Kate Smurthwaite’s comedy show, cancelled by Goldsmith’s College in London last month (“What could be more absurd than censorship on campus”, Nick Cohen, Comment) is part of a worrying pattern of intimidation and silencing of individuals whose views are deemed “transphobic” or “whorephobic”. Most of the people so labelled are feminists or pro-feminist men, some have experience in...

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Freedom of speech is a sacred British value

Feb 10, 2015 by

by Douglas Murray, Spectator: In the aftermath of last month’s Paris atrocities there was a remarkable piece in one of Denmark’s leading papers signed by more than a dozen prominent Danish Muslims.  It said that France, like Denmark, is a country where there is freedom of speech and freedom of religion and that writers and cartoonists had every right, in such societies, to draw and cartoon whatever they wanted, including Islam’s prophet.  Muslims should get used to it. At the end of...

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