Update: with less than 24 hours to go, the University of West London has cancelled this event. More details here.
On Wednesday 12 November 2014 Sharia Watch UK (SWUK) will be publishing a new report on Islamic extremism and its influence in British universities. The report will cover:
- Jihadist speakers
- Gender segregation
- The role of student unions
- Funding of British universities
- The Prevent Strategy
The publication of the report will be accompanied by a discussion at the University of West London (UWL) on 12 November. Anne Marie Waters of SWUK will be presenting the report’s findings and LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian will also be speaking. The LSS is very grateful to UWL’s Law Society for kindly hosting the event.
The event is primarily for UWL students and is not open to the general public, but it will be filmed and a link to the film will appear on this page in due course. The report itself will be on SWUK’s website from 13 November, and again a link to the report will appear on this page. Update: the report is here (PDF).
Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:
“There was already ample cause for concern about the influence of Islam on British campuses even before the stomach-churning spectacles of Islamic State’s medieval barbarism, and the deeply unsettling fact that many British Muslims are enthusiastically choosing to travel abroad to fight with them.
“To give just two examples over the last year or so, the LSS has been shocked to see the ease with which gender segregation and censorship have become features of British university life, and also that some student and university bodies have not just stood by and allowed this to unfold but have actively encouraged and enabled it.
“The rise of Islamic State, together with the ideological and even physical support it enjoys from many British Muslims, including university students, has merely raised the stakes even higher and brought into sharper focus the often highly dysfunctional relationship between British universities and Islam.
“For far too long any criticism of Islam and the harm carried out in its name, on campus and beyond – and no matter how measured or indeed factual that criticism is – has been met with instantaneous accusations of “racism” and “Islamophobia”. No doubt there will be similar accusations in the wake of this report. We can set our watches to that.
“The LSS will press on regardless. We will continue to speak out, we will continue to support organisations like Sharia Watch UK that speak out, and we will refuse to be silenced by straw-clutching playground antics such as accusations of “racism” and “Islamophobia” which are designed to shut down scrutiny and to intimidate.
“The LSS urges anyone who shares our concerns to speak out about these issues. Otherwise our predicament will only follow an already very familiar pattern: it will just get worse and worse.”
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