Oh boy, here we go again, and as beautifully summed up by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian ... Student union officials took down the advert for the Atheist Society at London South Bank University in what has to be one of the daftest and most anti-intellectual acts of censorship since the Catholic church told Galileo to point his telescope the other way round in case he discovered something that offended flat-Earthers. Yes indeed, they had a poster that was deemed to be "religiously offensive", so they stepped in to protect those of a religious disposition from catching a glimpse and so they saved them from being "offended". Does this now imply that the South Bank University's students union … [Read more...]
You might, or perhaps might not, be aware, but at the start of term during their annual Freshers’ Fair last Oct, the students union at the London School of Economics came down upon two students like a ton of bricks. The hideous crime being purged by these self-appointed thugs was the demand that two members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society would be physically removed from the annual Freshers’ Fair unless they covered up t-shirts deemed “offensive”. A member of the LSE Legal and Compliance Team and Head of Security turned up at their stall and said that the wearing of the t-shirts could be considered "harassment", as it could "offend others" by creating an … [Read more...]
Over here in the UK we have various means for supping TV. One such option is Virgin Media, who this weekend went a bit F***ing crazy. In an effort to stop various sensitive individual from being offended they switched on some software that sanitized their TV listings, so I suddenly found that I had the following viewing options available ... A movie called Hanc**k starting Will Smith The Christmas special by a well known Victorian chap called Charles D***ens. The BBC 2 comedy panel game was now "Never mind the Buzzc**ks" Oh and a match was being played by A***nal. In a statement, a Virgin Media spokeswoman said: "The altered titles have been … [Read more...]
I stumbled across a Facebook page today called "Against Anti Islamic Groups and Anti Islamic Content on FB". Basically, the sole purpose of this group is to encourage other Muslims to report any other Facebook group or page as a hate group if they dare to insult Islam or their Prophet. The guidance they give says ... Anti Islamic Groups to be removed no more insult of Islam in the Name of freedom of Speech
The New Scientist had a story by their book editor Amanda Gefter called "How to Spot a Hidden Religious Agenda". It was pulled from their web site; the explanation being that they "received a complaint about the contents of the story." You can still find a copy here, and we've copied the text until we find out what caused them to pull the story.