University Stuns World: Pledges To Support Free Speech, "Censorship Is Not The Answer"

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Did the politically-correct insanity just reach its tipping point? Just weeks after a notably politically-incorrect Donald Trump was swept to victory in the US election, HeatSt.com's Kieran Corcoran reports a university has pledged to end its culture of censorship and no-platforming, and has instead pledged to defend free speech.

Cardiff University in Wales has said it will no longer ban events by controversial speakers, declaring “censorship is not the answer.”

The decision was made by the Cardiff University Students’ Union at their annual conference last week, where they passed a motion called “Challenge, Don’t Censor.”

 

 

The move pushes back against the tide of safe space culture which seeks to insulate students from opinions they might find challenging.

Cardiff itself was the scene of one such incident last year, playing host to a virulent campaign to shut down a speech by feminist Germaine Greer over her views on transgender surgery.

Cardiff students passed their free speech motion – the full text of which can be found on page 25 of this document – on Thursday.

 

 

The motion committed the union to the observation that “students are capable of challenging intolerable views through rigorous debate; censorship is not the answer.”

It added: “All students should be allowed a voice on campus regardless of age, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views and disability within the remits of national and devolved law.”

In pursuit of these principles, it said that “All students, no matter their views, will not be censored in so far as their actions are performed inside the law.

“Events, societies and sports clubs at the SU will not be banned as long as their actions are within the law and subject to the Union’s bylaws.”

Speaking to Heat Street about his decision to propose the motion, Cardiff student James Daly said the “negative perception” of the student body’s approach to free speech after the Greer debacle helped spur him on.

He added that few people opposed the motion at the crucial moment, though some have criticised it on social media since.

The stand against being told what they can hear and think echoes the response of a group of sixth-form students, who were due to hear from Milo Yiannopoulos before his speech was shut down by the UK Government.

In an open letter to censorious authorities, pupils from Simon Langton Grammar School expressed their dismay, saying “we do not need to be protected” from controversial speakers.

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gregga777's picture

The violently negative reaction of the whining, self-absorbed LGBTQQPedophile-K9HorseDonkeyGoatKat-MonkeyBLMWhatever millennial generation to President-elect Donald Trump is a glaring reason to get the Federal government totally out of colleges and universities. Withdraw all Federal funding from colleges and universities. Academia should be 100% free from any and all forms of Federal government funding, including student loans. We don't want the Federal government dictating politics to anyone in academia. Federal funding to colleges and universities is also very Unconstitutional. That should be one of the first policies enacted by President Trump.

Bumpo's picture

The Real Turning Point:  Pussy is hard to come by, when you yourself are a Pussy. 

American Psycho's picture

Is this an article from the Onion?  The news is too good to be true.

Jim in MN's picture

The University hasn't done anything positive.  The STUDENT BODY has.

Let's see if the high-dollar Powers That Be even stir. 

techpriest's picture

Wait and see at this point - either the university will realize that they are losing too many qualified students and therefore money (doubtful - plenty of people would be willing debt slaves), or this might mean that the Left is merely trying out some new tactics.

I do hope that I'm wrong and we've really reached the tipping point.

JRobby's picture

Line at the registrar's office out the door, down the stairs, all along the walkway back to the cafeteria. 

No refunds after October 1 idiots.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) JRobby Nov 30, 2016 12:37 PM

Did the LIBERAL educators finally feel the releif of removing the weight of CENSORSHIP from their shoulders?  I doubt it.  Remain cautious.

 

Son of Loki's picture

Ihelp my dad put up his Christmas tree this weekend. I hope Obama doesn't send his thugs to arrest us since we had no intent.

SafelyGraze's picture

boycott Cardiff University.

boycott now.

how dare they deny the people's right to censorship.

absolutely ridiculous.

 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Hopeless for Change Nov 30, 2016 3:29 PM

Damn!!! No more Safe Spaces (censorship zones)? How will the special snowflakes survive? Somebody might write "Trump" in chalk on the sidewalk. Terrifying...

zippedydoodah's picture

I think a Welsh University student is more likely to write "Fuck The EU" on the pavement.

53% of the Welsh (that means they're from Wales) voted to leave the EU.

WordSmith2013's picture

MSM censorship is now under fierce attack by the Alt Media.

The war has begun in earnest!

http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=17097

 

Alternative Media is the New Guerrilla Warfare: Time for Citizens to Expose Globalists
glenlloyd's picture

I'm in agreement with anyone who believes that getting fed govt out of education is a positive thing. This is not just from the University perspective but from all levels of education.

Since govt got involved in the funding / loan side of it educational costs have done nothing but increase. Institutions help to 'facilitate' the loan application process and receipt of that money and before students get any of it the institution scrapes off their portion of the funds. It's a guaranteed funding stream and that's what everyone looks for these days, auto makers / lenders / etc.

Businesses today want one thing and that's a guaranteed stream of income and that's why you notice today that 'payments' have become prevalent in every form of sales.

There are so many things today that are monthly payments, you can't just buy it outright, and that's the intent. If there's something that can be paid for that's discouraged and attempts are made to convert it to a stream of payments. Auto loans at 0% are enticing because if you pay on time there's no interest but it's also converting a lump sum purchase into a stream of payments.

There are people out there who specialize at developing businesses that wedge themselves between consumers and the payment mechanism. Think of SS and medicare and even medicaid. If you have a biz that can wedge itself between these two (think oxygen suppliers, med supplies, diaper makers, catheters, back braces, knee braces, scooters etc etc) then you can live high on the hog because you just appeal to the govt for payment on these. People specialize in reading the legislation and advising what businesses will prosper this way.

If we got govt out of education the costs involved would come down and these ivory tower idiots could potentially be out of a job if the U goes under and closes. We know that if there was no fed funding that the U probably couldn't stand on it's own. We need to get rid of the funding mechanism.

booboo's picture

Colleges are like any other large commercial enterprise (think GE or Tesla) will have to deal with a leader or leaders that their predecessor paved a very large road around the law and can drive a tank right up into their front yard unimpeded.  I despise what our congress has allowed past presidents to get away with without checking them hard into the glass.

larz's picture

+1000 for the hockey reference

SumTing Wong's picture

But ths has to happen over in Cardiff. Only UChicago in the US has really stood up for free speech and lack of "safe spaces."

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Oh so censorship & politcorectness are acceprable practices in a democracy only when libtards can use them to advance their agenda? cry me a river fuckers

Luc X. Ifer's picture

To the downvoters - thank you, thank you, thank you! You just proved my point - libtards :)!

SmackDaddy's picture

The same UShitcago that brought us Saul Alinsky?  GTFO with this kosher bullshit....

MPJones's picture

I think something intelligent and ratinal may be about to happen. Loughborough University' Student Union as dissociated itself from the NUS, the National Unions of Students. Maybe we shall finally see the dams breaking.

NoDebt's picture

That university is in Wales, fer crying out loud.  It's not even in the US.  

We have to respect their backward culture of non-censorship even though we have achieved a higher level of enlightenment and realize the importance of censoring any viewpoints that utilize logic, emphasize liberty or mention any portions of the Constitution of our own country.

Those poor, poor Welshies.  They have no idea what they're asking for.  Somebody could become confused or worse.... microaggressed.

SoDamnMad's picture

Does this mean they can write that, "a muslim Somali refugee stole the purse and later killed the 80 yr old woman" or will it continue to say " a young man in a black coat was seen near the body of a robbed 80 yr old pensioner".

Kayman's picture

 "in Wales, fer crying out loud.  It's not even in the US."

It's not?  Jeez, I need a refund on my college degree.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

don't worry. it is still a crime to suggest that less than 6 million jews were murdered by nazis, and it is the only topic in all of history that it is absolutely forbidden to discuss.

free speech?

free* speech.

and the '*' seems to mostly be about preventing not conspiracy theory and lies, but about keeping certain truths buried.

of more concern: can one still legally boycott Israel?

Illegal in France based on absurdly tortured logic, and illegal for corps in the US, (needs a challenge post-Citizens United actually) because ZOG.

Mr. Universe's picture

Do you want to know who is really in charge? Just take a look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Don't get too excited. Rest assured that only the 'right' type of free speech will be allowed to take place.

J S Bach's picture

They can't afford to allow free thought.  The logic of the Right will inevitably bring all of their Leftist lies crashing down.  This rogue University will be castigated, blackballed and shunned... mark my words.

Handful of Dust's picture

Ok, so there's this Welch Uni and then U of Chicago both endorsed free speech on campus.

 

The rest of the colleges...."No free speech for you!"

Free Speechers will be banned from flying on Delta fo' life!

bh2's picture

Has it occurred to anyone to wonder why the student body would be in a position to dictate university policy?

Inmates, asylum, etc.

GreatUncle's picture

But we stopped listneing to thim ... did a left try to say something just then ... no another moaning snowflake.

Oh okay, and you carry on oblivious to their rants now.

So up pops free speech and now the left think they should be listened to.

+1 also because globally right now the globalists are trying to crush free speech especially if it genenrate objections to their globalist plans.

 

True Blue's picture

Their own lack of logic will eventually bring the leftist lies crashing down anyway. Look at what they cite as reason behind this -they invited a leftist feminist to give a speech; but this particular leftist feminist committed the unforgivable sin of pointing out that leftist males who had their genitalia surgically removed are not magically transformed into women, but merely exist as a stereotypical parody of females -the gender equivalent of Al Jolsen in blackface; and a mockery of everything 'female'. 

Proglodyte heads must have been exploding all over Wales.

Like starving (idiot) cannibals -they will soon devour each other and themselves. All the Right has to do is make some popcorn and settle back to watch. The entire leftist cultural Marxist strategy of dividing everyone into competing tiers of victimology will quickly turn into a vicious little dogfight as each group (naturally) tries to snap up the best scraps for themselves.

Amagnonx's picture

OMFG brilliant - this deserves to be made into a million bumper stickers and T-shirts ..

Deplorable Vet Wife's picture

Maybe the pussies don't know they attract a lot of dicks? Hope they can handle it!

Mr.BlingBling's picture

 ". . . is a glaring reason to get the Federal government totally out of colleges and universities. Withdraw all Federal funding . . ."

+1, if only to help eliminate egregious abuses like this one that surfaced yesterday.  Please keep in mind that Montgomery College is a COMMUNITY college offering two-year degrees.

An NBC4 investigative report found that Montgomery College’s president, DeRionne Pollard, has spent about $160,000 on travel, meals and transportation since 2013, despite receiving a $281,000 salary and $3,000 monthly home allowance. Her trips have included airfare for her wife and stays at pricey hotels in Honolulu and Austin as well as at least $3,700 in payments for extra and overweight baggage . . . [more at link]  http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Presidential-Perks-Students-...

Incidentally, one of the other percs of El Presidente's job is that she also has an armed driver, leased vehicle, access to car service for her wife, etc. ALL FOR RUNNING A SHITTY LITTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

DosZap's picture

B_I_N_G_O,Since this will be the LAST CONSERVATIVE admin in US History, I would use all my power(through the Congress) to make a FEW  changes in the SCOTUS, and it the CONST, and BOR's.( some new wording is needed)Just pray that Trump doesn't nominate another dumb ass like Roberts.IF Harry Reid did anything WRONG that should turn out SWIMMINGLY, it's invoke the NUCLEAR option,now it's OUR turn to be BUBBA.

zippedydoodah's picture

Except this is fuck all to do with the USA.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Time to get another degree, bitchez!

Rey dTutto's picture

Something fact based, and Useful

Nobodys Home's picture

Arguments are not fights and everyone should be able to present theirs!

Implied Violins's picture

...unless you're arguing against Ginsu knives.

DirtySanchez's picture

Dean Wormer of Faber College is speaking shortly.

The Delta House was asked to draft the speech.

TeamDepends's picture

Was it over when Soros bombed Pearl Harbor?

Implied Violins's picture

We'll know it's over when George Soros stops wearing Depends.

ZIRPY's picture

Now how about some American University pop the seal and get the ball rolling here. 

zippedydoodah's picture

Just to clarify ... this is the students themselves that have passed this motion. Also known as the "Student's Union" in the UK since "forever". It's not a political thing, more to do with getting cheap beer and discounts at local curry houses.

It is NOT the University that has said this.

Ghost of Porky's picture

I am literally shaking with fear right now. Literally.