Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Islamic radicals should be free to express their views

In response to news that Oxford University has called in the police to tackle Islamic extremism on campus, Nick Cowen, President of the Oxford Libertarian Society, commented:

“If students were advocating murder on the streets, then obviously the University would be right to intervene.

“But there are many fewer Islamists now than there were hardcore Marxists advocating the overthrow of the state back in the day. It’s a fuss over nothing.

“What they’re effectively saying is that it’s alright to whinge about democracy if you’re white, but as soon as the criticism comes from a theocratic angle, it is seen as threatening. We need more free speech not less to promote the liberal interpretation of Islam.”

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