RDFRS also received this letter:
“Dear whoever it may concern,
My name is Asher Fainman and I run the Goldsmiths university Atheist, Secularist and Humanist society. We recently invited the speaker Maryam Namazie to give a talk which was aggressively interrupted by members of the Islamic society and associates, who tried to shout and intimidate Maryam in order to cow her into silence. This was widely covered in the media and there is an ongoing investigation into the event by the SU and in regards to a death threat that was made by one of the Isoc members.
Yesterday we put up a petition campaign to call on the NUS to change their ‘safe space’ policy because this was abused by some of the Isoc members to try and justify their actions. There was also a lack of response from our SU in regards to changes to their policy that we had requested. The silencing of dissenting and blasphemous points of view seems to be a recurrent trend at universities and often it is because of these policies vagueness, which is open to structural abuse. We want to call on the NUS to change these policies that impose unfair restrictions on freedom of expression.
Richard Dawkins himself posted about this event and we would greatly appreciate the Richard Dawkins foundation reading our public statement in full which details our proposals and publicising it formally so that others may sign our petition posted below:
Thank you for your support in this matter and we hope to hear back from you soon.
Asher Fainman (GUASHSoc president)”
Members of Goldsmiths Islamic Society (ISOC) attempt to intimidate and disrupt during a talk by Maryam Namazie at Goldsmiths University, UK.
Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1ZiZdz5nao&feature=youtu.be
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