The Snubbing of Tatchell

The Guardian report that the LGBT officer for the National Union of Students (NUS), Fran Cowling, declined to share a platform with Peter Tatchell at an upcoming talk on the subject of ‘re-radicalising queers’. The first I heard of this was from various social media posts from people outraged that Peter Tatchell, of all people, had been no-platformed. This wasn’t the case though as he hasn’t been denied a platform and Cowling has simply stated in correspondence with the event organisers that she would not share a platform with him. Continue reading The Snubbing of Tatchell

The Shirt That Matt Wore

I started blogging about seven or eight years ago and in that time many people have found the things I write about to be offensive, usually because I criticise or disagree with ideas they believe are true. Some people have written to people I was employed by to demand I be fired from my previous jobs, others have threatened to harm me if I didn’t take down what I had written and I’ve had more fake legal threats sent my way than I can remember… all because they found what I had said to be offensive. Continue reading The Shirt That Matt Wore

Hate and Discrimination: Forgetting Atheist Students

no place for hateIn 2012, after interviewing 9,229 students about their experiences with religiously motivated hate crime in Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE), the National Union of Students (NUS) published the ‘No Place for Hate’ report.

In it they concluded that ‘hate incidents on the basis of prejudice against peoples’ religion or belief are relatively rare, affecting a small minority of the students’ surveyed. However, our findings show that these hate incidents are not exceptional occurrences, indicating that colleges, universities and students’ unions need to take action.’ Continue reading Hate and Discrimination: Forgetting Atheist Students

What are you doing, pro-choice allies?!

I’ve just read a really interesting blog post by Jen McCreight in which she Live-blogged a talk by Abby Johnson called ‘do women have too many rights?’ at the University of Washington, sponsored by Students for Life of America and the Catholic Newman Center. Throughout the talk Johnson promoted nonsense ideas that Jen touches upon in her blog post, however the main theme throughout the post is about how pro-choice protesters were disruptive throughout the talk. Continue reading What are you doing, pro-choice allies?!