Saturday, January 24, 2009

LSE blocks free speech

Yesterday, the London School of Economics banned Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, from chairing a debate on Islam hosted by the school. The LSE, according to Melanie Phillips, fears that his views will Islamist violence. "Those views are outspoken opposition to the islamicisation of the west and strong support for Israel. The LSE, where some Jewish students report a poisonous and frightening atmosphere at present, has just seen a week-long anti-Israel protest over Gaza." Just think, the LSE is the middle of London.

For more info on the Centre for Social Cohesion, see two earlier entries: one contains a link to a report they published on free speech for Muslims; the other summarizes their poll about Islamic extremists in UK universities. Like Geert Wilders, Murray and his think tank are a target for Islamists, whose goal is to silence or intimidate them.

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