I was going to write my own words on this, but it started off with the headliner "Spineless Pricks" and degenerated from there.... So here's bits and pieces from around the net

From the Guardian Patricia Fara said

senior college officials were locked in urgent talks about how the material came to be published and what action to take against the student.

In a statement issued by Clare College, a senior tutor, Patricia Fara, said: "Clare is an open and inclusive college. A student-produced satirical publication has caused widespread distress throughout the Clare community.

"The college finds the publication and the views expressed abhorrent. Reflecting the gravity of the situation, the college immediately began an investigation and disciplinary procedures are in train."

Stupid fucking cow. What views were they? Let's go to the press release from the National Secular Society

“Satire aimed at religion is no different to satire aimed at any other ideas and should not be punished or restrained. The freedom to poke fun at those who take themselves too seriously is a time-honoured tradition in this country. Regrettably, it is rapidly being eroded by cases like this. We urge you to think again and stand four-square behind the satirists, instead of disciplining them.

We would like to remind all concerned that satirising religion – even if that religion is Islam – is not racism, as this episode has been dubbed. Religion and race have very different characteristics. We would have heartily joined the condemnation if the satire had been racially motivated, but according to the reports we have read, the issue of Clareification in question was devoted to religious satire.

“We would like to draw your attention to a case that is pending in France at the moment, in which a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has been brought to court by an Islamic organisation for re-publishing the Danish cartoons that are at the centre of so much controversy. In the French case, academics, artists and politicians of all hues have rushed to the defence of the magazine. Letters of support and statements defending free speech have been issued by some of the most influential people in the country – including Mr Sarkozy, who is potentially the next President of France.

“Your own reaction – as reported – does not bear comparison with the principled French reactions. It sides with the oppressors and censors who are doing so much to retard open debate in academe and elsewhere.

“We call on you to support the publishers of the magazine and to tell the would-be censors that their protests have been heard but that they will not prevail. Without the freedom to debate, discuss and, yes, mock, ideas and ideologies, there can be no informed political discourse. Satire is an indispensable tool in the operating of a truly free society.”
Hear, hear.

From the Independent

In a rare move, Clare College fellows have called a Court of Discipline, which will sit in judgment on the student. An insider at the college said: "It's the first time in living memory a Court of Discipline has been set up."

The college chaplain has also been involved in talks aimed at trying to ease racial tension and is known to have met members of the Islamic Society and a local imam to discuss how best to quell fears over potential racial clashes.

Major cultural cringe. Euch. I have an inkling the local Imam and the Islamic society would be opposed to satirising Mohammed. Just a an inkling. Mohammed, according to "authentic" sources did say on the subject of free-thought.


Our values aren't all the same. Values such as equality, freedom of expression trump totalitarian quasi-facist ideals, for fucksake.

Thanks to Religion of Pieces and Steve at Pub Philosopher, who has several excellent posts up.

Also Granny Wetherwax at New English Review and Brownie at Harrys Place in the comments sums up the outrage quite succcintly when addressing another commentor

I'll tell you what's "offensive". What's "offensive" is that some 19-year old student has had to be whisked off to a secret location because there are now very real concerns for his safety, and all because he printed a cartoon some other people find "offensive".

If you want to get angry about something, fucking get angry about that.

Indeed.

11 Responses to “College Principals Should Stand Up For Free Speech Instead Of Supporting The Censors”

  1. # Blogger Granny Weatherwax

    This is very worrying.
    Where are his fellow students? Where are the sit ins? The demos in support of a comrade and freedom of speech?  

  2. # Anonymous MB

    I'm sick of the definitions of Democracy being warped to suit; almost as much as the professors who appease the totalianists! :\

    It was essential that editor of Charlie Hebdo take a position towards Democracy...
    (Either France is going to consider electing Sarkozy; or eventually find a Napoleon Clone!)  

  3. # Blogger A Free Man

    These people are traitors, pure and simple, if this guy had been hounded for printing libel about Bush or Blair, or if he was had slammed Christianity, the official reaction would be very different  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/content/towerhamlets/advertiser/news/story.aspx?brand=ELAOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newsela&itemid=WeED13%20Feb%202007%2015%3A42%3A48%3A620

    Estate gripped by fear

    13 February 2007
    RESIDENTS have spoken of being prisoners in their own home after a gang of marauding youths terrorised their estate.

    The Advertiser reported last week how residents locked themselves into their homes as youths clashed around the Bede Estate on Bow Common Lane.

    Over two days of violence on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 February, car windows were smashed, a pub had a window broken and bystanders were attacked.

    Many believe the motive for the mayhem was to stir up racial tensions, after claimed the yobs chanted abuse and called residents "white trash.”

    NOTICE HOW THE JOURNO SUGGESTS THAT THE MOTIVE MAY BE 'TO STIR UP RACIAL HATRED'. WHY NOT THAT THIS WAS AN EXPRESSION OF RACIAL HATRED? CAN THE JOURNOS NOT UNDERSTAND THE VERY VERY SIMPLE FACT: THEY HATE US. GET IT? THEY HATE US. VERY SIMPLE. IMAGINE IF WHITE YOUTHS HAD RAMPAGED AROUND ASIAN HOMES SHOUTING 'PAKI BASTARDS' OR SOMETHING SIMILIAR, WOULD THE JOURNO SUGGEST THIS MAY 'BE AN ATTEMPT TO STIR UP RACIAL HATRED'? NO, THIS WOULD SIMPLY BE DESCRIBED AS RACIAL HATRED/RACISM AND THE REST.
    THIS INSANITY HAS GOT TO STOP. IT IS GINING ME A HEADACHE. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF IT IS ALL A JOKE, THEN I REALISE IT IS NOT A JOKE.  

  5. # Blogger jonz

    Thankyou Anon. A post will be drawn up tommorow, when i have collected my thoughts.  

  6. # Anonymous religion of pieces

    SUPPORT THE CAMBRIDGE PATRIOT !

    Mobilize the Blogosphere!

    Counter-jihadist bloggers must not abandon this young man. Cambridge University is trying to hush things up, probably to avoid interrupting the flow of petrodollars rather than protecting the student from any more death threats in addition to the ones he's had from the University and City Muslims (town and gown Muzzies united!)

    When everything has quietened down, the student is likely to be hauled before a Kangaroo Court - the Clare College Court of Discipline, which will meet for the "first time in living memory" (do they still conduct their trials in Latin?).

    He is likely to be charged with 'Racial Incitement' (Yes I know Islam isn't a race - but try explaining that to a Cambridge professor). He will be given a fair trial and then expelled.

    The two other possible charges are 'Blasphemy' and 'Bringing the College into Disrepute'. The former is extremely dodgy because blasphemy has historically only applied to the Christian religion.

    As for ' Bringing the College into Disrepute' , it could be argued that the spineless dhimmified College dons have done far more damage to its reputation by grovelling before the threat of Mohammedan thuggery than has the student. Counter- jihadists may choose to put this view to the Clare College authorities.

    Clare College has obviously many moonbats in its ancient belfry - their first reaction on seeing the cartoon was to call the police! In this environment a fair trial is impossible.

    It is likely that the Kangaroo Court will be a travesty of justice and will sit in private with the student not being allowed representation or to call supporting testimony (Contrast with the very similar Charlie Hebdo case in France).

    The judge and jury will no doubt consist of those sneering postmodernists, Marxists and politically correct jobsworths who detest and work to undermine the very civilization that supports these parasites in the style to which they are accustomed.

    Islamically-aware bloggers need to send out the message loud and clear that it is every Briton's birthright - and indeed every Briton's patriotic duty - to ridicule the three totems of the barbarians.

    Islam is an absurd and primitive belief system - philosophically, theologically and cosmologically (the sun setting in muddy spring etc).

    However, it is impossible to defeat Islam by rational argument, because most Muslims are profoundly irrational and ignorant. They are primitive tribalists who have no understanding of logically reasoned discourse. But like all tribalists they are acutely sensitive to their totems being dishonoured. This, as Ali Sina pointed out [1] , is where they are at their must vulnerable. They cannot tolerate their totems being mocked .

    THE FIRST TOTEM which we should ridicule is the one and only foundation of this Satanic cult, that depraved violater of innocence, the monstrous Pervert Mohammed himself. The original Danish Motoons were actually quite mild compared with what was to follow [2]. The Clare college student is to be congratulated in bringing his fellow undergraduates' attention to the intrinsically violent nature and institutionalised pedophilia of those who model themselves on Mohammed's sick psychotic personality.

    THE SECOND TOTEM which we should ridicule is the basic doctrine of Islam. The foundational belief of Islam is that Allah is a brothel-keeper [3] and Mohammed is his ponce, and you get to screw 72 virgins and bugger 24 pretty pre-pubescent boys in Allah's brothel in the sky if you kill enough infidels. If bloggers can make this doctrine into a standing joke we've gone a long way towards destroying Islam.

    THE THIRD TOTEM of Islam is the koran - Mohammed's murderous hate manifesto . Mohamedans are acutely sensitive to the book being 'humiliated' in any way (like being put on the bottom shelf in a bookshop - it should always be on the top shelf next to the porn). There are many ways of humiliating a koran, and infidels are encouraged to find novel approaches. You don't even need to vandalise or deface the book. Returning it to the college library containing that greasy bacon wrapper which you were using as a bookmark should cause a major riot.

    Finally, to repeat my main message. We need to let the snivelling dhimmis at Brown-nose college know that the bloggers are watching them like hawks.


    TOTEMS

    [1] Why mocking Islam is so effective: http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2006/02/some-very-enlightening-thoughts-from.html


    [2] More Motoons
    http://www.zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/extreme_mohammed/
    http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000783.html
    Mo the filthy child molester...
    http://www.faithfreedom.org/audio/Islamsnot4me.htm


    [3] Taking the piss out of Islam. 72 virgins and 24 boys with liquid brown eyes....
    http://www.factsofisrael.com/blog/archives/000079.html
    http://www.islamcomicbook.com/lyrics3.htm
    http://www.newyorker.com/shouts/content/articles/070129sh_shouts_martin  

  7. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Educational establishments should be worrying about other things, not a few cartoons
    http://www.killology.com/art_mass_slaughter.htm

    Anyway, why don't the police go and look for whoever is threatening the student? Doh! There's the crime, right there.
    Clare College are evil if they sacrifice this student. They must stand up for him.  

  8. # Anonymous Anonymous

    jonz, if youa re drawing up a post about the unreported (by mainstream media) low scale war going on at the moment then please consider including matters such as the recent disturbances in Windsor, Preston and such like. Also the largely unreported hammer attack in Wiltshire and perhaps mention the forgotten murders of Gavin Hopley, Ross Parker, Kriss Donald, etc.. It is all part of the same problem, and it is all largely ignored by the mainstream media - nothing to see here, move along now.
    This censorship is on a massive scale.  

  9. # Anonymous Anonymous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_Society

    http://whale.to/b/wolfe.html

    http://coleman300.com/view_tavistock.htm

    http://www.politic.co.uk/archive/index.php?t-1353.html  

  10. # Anonymous Anonymous

    http://www.bnp.org.uk/news_detail.php?newsId=1362

    A devastating report from the London School of Economics has revealed the true costs of immigration into the UK and how it impacts on council tax payers. The report entitled ‘Population Mobility and Service Provision’ is a damning indictment of the present lunatic immigration system.

    The report states that immigrants are costing council tax payers at least £200 million a year. Costs for personal translators for immigrants are costing council tax payers at least a £1,000 per year per immigrant. In London with an estimated official growth of 100,000 immigrants per year this equates to costs of tens of millions per year out of council taxes just to teach them how to speak English.

    Council tax payers are also paying millions of pounds per year in ’destitution payments’ to illegal immigrants who have just arrived in the country and who are unable to claim benefits because of government rules that require them to follow the legal asylum process.

    The report details that schooling for the indigenous children of the UK is suffering and impacting adversely on the education of British children, that unbearable strain is being put on the housing and health systems, that social cohesion is being damaged by the influx of immigrants into the UK, that the council housing systems are in total crisis and that council taxes will have to rise vastly in coming years to cover the costs of the immigration crisis.

    Population crisis

    The report also reveals that in ten London boroughs, over a third of the population were born overseas with Brent a staggering 46.6%.

    Brent - 46.6 %
    Kensington and Chelsea - 44.6 %
    Westminster - 44.5 %
    Newham - 38.2 %
    Ealing - 37.3 %
    Haringey - 37.1 %
    Camden - 36.8 %
    Tower Hamlets - 34.7 %
    Hackney - 34.5 %
    Hammersmith and Fulham - 33.6 %

    This report is political dynamite. It reveals that even we in the BNP have been conservative in our estimates of the costs of immigration to the UK. This report only provides one portion of the true picture as it reveals only the costs of immigration as burdened by local councils and not central government. The true costs of immigration to this nation are enormous and unsustainable.

    Smoking gun

    This report is the smoking gun on immigration, and because it comes from the LSE which is well known as being a liberal-left institution means the report and its conclusions can be smeared as somehow ’racist’ or having an ’agenda’.

    The report is based on official government figures as regards the estimates of numbers of immigrants entering the UK. As we all know the Labour government lies out of its back teeth about the real figures of immigrants entering the country. When the Labour government said only 30,000 Eastern European immigrants would enter the country the real figure they later revealed as nearer 300,000. Only last week the Polish Prime Minister revealed that the actual figure of Polish citizens alone who have entered the country in the last two years is nearer 600,000.

    The actual numbers of immigrants in this report does not include the estimated 2-3 million illegal immigrants also in the country.

    This report is a watershed moment for the UK and a wake up call to all British people.

    The British people must sit up and take notice and stop believing the lies peddled to them by the media and the government and vote for the British National Party or else within a generation we will become strangers in our land.

    The full LSE report can be downloaded here.  

  11. # Blogger jonz

    Thankyou RoP for that, and thanks to everyone else...

    I don't have time to answer the BNP supporter commentor in detail. I am not familiar with the LSE report.  

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