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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Our universities are guilty of cowardice

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In response to Jane Kelly: Our universities fail to defend Muslims battling for human rights, Politically_Incorrect wrote:

UCL has been in the news quite a bit recently: usually for the wrong reasons. As a former student there I am beginning to feel a bit ashamed over its poor press recently. The behaviour of Warwick University seems little better. The refusal to let Maryam Namazie speak there is not a sign of cultural sensitivity or a wish not to cause “hatred”. It is sheer cowardice. If the university really believed in free speech it would allow her to speak there.

At the same time, I am reluctant to take sides with anybody who calls themselves a “feminist” because we have all seen what it means in Western terms. I’m not sure what kind of feminism she advocates. If it is the right for women to be equal under the law, then I support her. If she advocates the kind of looney, man-hating, ball-crushing, baby-slaughtering feminism we see in this country, then I don’t support her.

There is also the question of the clash of cultures. Like it or not (and I don’t like it), that is the way Islam tends to treat women. Nothing we can do will change that attitude to women. Islam fundamentally clashes with Western culture, yet the Left constantly appease it even though it opposes almost everything socialism stands for. It is bizarre and totally illogical. If the Left really had any courage they would simply say “No” to Islamic values.

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