Because of freedom of speech, Victoria University can host as a speaker whoever they like. This is a freedom we should support because otherwise, we cannot stand up to defend speakers we like when others try to shut them down. It is equally important that we counter hateful ideas and debate them. We have written…
Stuff co.nz 16 May 2017 Conservative Christian lobby group Family First is expected to lose its charitable status, according to NZME. The group was told by the Charities Registration Board in 2013 that its status was questionable. Family First, in a statement, said the organisation was told by media that the board still wanted to…
By Camilla Turner 10:32 AM Friday Mar 3, 2017
A university has banned phrases such as “right-hand man” and “gentleman’s agreement” under its code of practice on inclusive language.
Cardiff Metropolitan University’s guidance dictates that “gender-neutral” terms should be used where possible, adding that students should not allow their “cultural background” to affect their choice of words.
It advises that the terms “forefathers”, “mankind” and “sportsmanship” should be avoided, as part of efforts to “embrace cultural diversity” through language.
The university has been accused of undermining free speech and “insulting” students and academics by attempting to dictate their choice of words.
Dr Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education the University of Kent and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said that advising that certain words are banned is “unnecessary”.
“It is a very authoritarian attempt to control the way people think and the language people use,” she said.
“The idea that in a university people need to be dictated to in this way is really insulting to students and academics, we should be able to cope with words. These words have evolved over a long period of time and they don’t have sexist associations.”
The guidance – which includes a list of 34 words and phrases that should be avoided – says that student need not be “too anxious” about the use of language.
Earlier this week it emerged that Cambridge University students had complained about being served “Jamaican stew” and “Tunisian rice”, claiming that the cultures were “misrepresented”.
Prime Minister Theresa May has hit out at universities for implementing “safe space” policies amid concerns that self-censorship is curtailing freedom of speech on campuses.
The Prime Minister said it was “quite extraordinary” for universities to ban the discussion of certain topics which could cause offence. She warned that stifling free speech could have a negative impact on Britain’s economic and social success.
A survey by the radical magazine Spiked, published last month, found that 90 per cent of British universities have been involved in restricting free speech on campus.
It found that in the last year, 21 universities banned high profile speakers from attending lectures, debates or speeches because of their views, including Oxford, King’s College London and University College London.
According to the survey, more than 60 per cent of universities now “severely restrict” free speech, meaning they actively censor particular ideas, speakers and texts on campus.
A spokesperson for Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “The University is committed unreservedly to the principle of academic freedom within the law. It is also committed to providing an environment where everyone is valued and treated with dignity and respect. These two commitments are cornerstones of academic life at the University.
“The Code of Practice on Using Inclusive Language sets out a broad approach to promoting fairness and equality through raising awareness about the effects of potentially discriminatory vocabulary. “In particular, it includes some suggestions to support gender equality; these are consistent with other guidance (e.g., British Sociological Association’s information on Equality and Diversity).”
By Camilla Turner
After mounting public pressure, the ABC appears set to keep Yassmin Abdel- Magied working for its network. This should be viewed as unfortunate; given the inexplicable litany of falsehoods regarding Islam she recently spread on Q&A. While some have perceived the petition calling for Yassmin Abdel- Magied’s sacking as a move to ‘suppress’ freedom of speech, it […]
“Free speech? You can’t handle free speech.”, The Spectator, February 17, 2016: Australia’s race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free speech restrictions in place to protect liberal values. The debate over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is heating up ahead of a parliamentary […]
Glenn Reynolds writes: They told me if Donald Trump were elected, voices of dissent would be shut down by fascist mobs. And they were right! At the University of California, Berkeley campus, for example, gay conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos had to be evacuated, and his speech cancelled, because masked rioters beat people, smashed windows, and started…
by SB of WHALE OIL BEEF HOOKED on January 10, 2017 at 2:30pm
Twitter is banning conservative voices like it is going out of fashion and now Facebook is enforcing Sharia law on non-Muslims. Outspoken Free Speech advocate Pamela Geller got sick of Facebook enforcing Sharia law and so her organisation filed a free speech lawsuit against the Department of Justice. She is challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which allows…
” these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge. The sharia restrictions Facebook continues to impose has chilling effect and ramifications especially in countries where such freedoms can make the difference between freedom and submission, life and death.”
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