Once again, the opposition to Islam is silenced by the threat of violence. This time it's Douglas Murray who's banned from speaking at the London School of Economics. Apparently, the mere presence of someone who questions Islam as a religion of peace causes Muslims to behave violently. Therefore, in order to placate the violent Islamists, we silence Murray the peaceful dissent.
The West needs to understand that this is simply bad strategy. Every little slice of free speech that is surrendered only emboldens the Islamists to further the threats. Freedom of speech is toxic to the Islamists, and the LSE has chosen unwisely.
A right-wing writer has been banned from chairing a debate on Islam at the London School of Economics today amid security fears, the Standard has learned.
Douglas Murray, a self-confessed “neo conservative”, was due to chair “Islam or Liberalism: Which is the Way Forward?” at the university tonight — 24 hours after the end of a week-long sit in at LSE in protest at Israel's attacks on Gaza.
"Self-confessed" is interesting wording. A confession is an admission of guilt. Self-professed is more like it.
The commentator and author, who is the director of conservative think-tank the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: “This is back to the bad old days of the LSE — where the most violent get to dictate people's education. It is worse than censorship — it's intimidation.” The debate, which is set to go ahead, is between Dr Alan Sked, a senior lecturer in international history at the university, and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, a Muslim writer and lecturer.
The LSE asked Mr Murray not to attend in the interest of public safety as his presence could provoke further unrest. A spokesman added: “He has spoken at LSE in the past and will be welcome to do so again in the future.”
Below is a video of Murray speaking at the "World Civilisation or a Clash of Civilisations" debate.
Murray joins the List of things that offend Muslims.