UK: National Union of Students bans free speech, won’t condemn ISIS terrorist group for fear of being thought of as “Islamophobic”

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The National Union of Students has come under fire after it refused to condemn ISIS – because of fears it was ‘Islamophobic.’ Students put forward a motion at the body’s National Executive Council meeting calling for the condemnation of terrorist atrocities and support for the Iraqi people.

UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J)  But the call was defeated after a rebellion led by Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia, who said the motion was merely a ‘justification for war’. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘Islamophobia is a meaningless term used by irrational people when unable to rebut a rational criticism.

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‘Malia Bouattia should realise how lucky she is to be able to stand up and express her opinions with freedom and security. ‘She would not enjoy the same freedom if she were to visit the ISIS/ISIL that she refuses to condemn, and protested her opinions.’

Anorak  The Tab reports:

The bill called for the Union – which claims to represent UK students – to support unity between Muslims, condemn the bloody terror of ISIS (also known as the Islamic State), and support a boycott on people who fund the militants. But the motion offended Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia, who said: “We recognize that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamophobia. This rhetoric exacerbates the issue at hand and in essence is a further attack on those we aim to defend.”

ISIS has been beheading a lot of Muslims in the name of Islam. Is that Islamophobic too?
ISIS has been beheading a lot of Muslims in the name of Islam. Is that Islamophobic too?

Students have decreed that some things are unsayable. They are the iliberal moralists. The kids know best. Free speech is not for them. 

Sarah Ditum states:

No platform now uses the pretext of opposing hate speech to justify outrageously dehumanising language, and sets up an ideal of “safe spaces” within which certain individuals can be harassed. A tool that was once intended to protect democracy from undemocratic movements has become a weapon used by the undemocratic against democracy.Not merely false, not something to be robustly opposed, but a position so appalling it simply shouldn’t be heard.

They want ISIS to speak. They won’t condemn. They will debate. Well, not exactly. It turns out that what we took for radicalism is just another attempt to limit the conversation and shout down alternative views.

Birmingham student Bouattia says she plans to put forward another motion in the next meeting to condemn ISIS that “will in no way pander to Western imperialistic intervention or the demonisation of Muslim peoples.”  In doing so we recognize that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamophobia.”

You can just imagine the people trapped in the ISIS surge cheering on the NUS Black Students’ Campaign. Sure the spaced-out loons are going to rape and kill us because of our beliefs and culture, but it’s just terrific that these students are taking care to prevent ‘Islamophobia.’

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