Event: Speech, Spaghetti and Sensibility

LSBU AtheistsThe LSS is delighted to support the London South Bank University Atheists Society “Speech, Spaghetti and Sensibility” event.

The event will take place on Friday 13 June 2014 at 6pm, at the LSBU Students’ Union, Student Centre, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA. The Facebook event is here.

LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian will be speaking, as will the philosopher AC Grayling.

The event is to celebrate the Society’s first birthday and more importantly, to acknowledge the crucial importance of free speech and the right to offend in the context of religion.

This year the Society was – in their words – “sent to the naughty step” by their students’ union for using posters which replaced the image of God from the Sistine Chapel with a picture of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster”. The students’ union removed the posters. Thankfully the Society eventually received an apology. You can read more here and here.

Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:

“Unfortunately the university campus has in some ways become the front line in the battle of free speech, and of the tension between established secular values and religious demands more generally.

“The LSS acknowledges the supreme importance of asserting the right to free speech in the context of religion, even where this offends, and it will continue to do so without reservation or apology.

“The LSS wholeheartedly thanks LSBU’s Atheist Society for their resilience this past year.”

Update: you can watch Charlie Klendjian’s speech from the event on YouTube here. (Apologies, this link needs to be replaced. We’ll fix it as soon as possible.)

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