LSE statement on events at LSE SU Freshers’ Fair
The London School of Economics and Political Science has today apologised to two students from the LSE Students’ Union Atheist Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH) who wore t-shirts depicting Mohammed and Jesus at the SU Freshers’ Fair on 3 October 2013 and who were asked to cover their t-shirts or face removal from the Fair. The Director of the School, Professor Craig Calhoun, has written to the students acknowledging that, with hindsight, the wearing of the t-shirts on this occasion did not amount to harassment or contravene the law or LSE policies.
[Full statement can be read here]
This apology needs to heard throughout all campuses in the UK. Free speech allows debate – the t-shirts that they wore were never hate or harassment.
Background to story and what the T-Shirts looked like can be seen here. Their treatment was heavy handed, disproportionate and unacceptable.
Congratulations to Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis, plus those that supported their appeal and campaign.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog