From the Guardian article:
Maryam Namazie, an Iranian-born campaigner against religious laws, had been invited to speak to the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists Society next month. But the student union blocked the event, telling the society that Namazie’s appearance could violate its external speaker policy.
In an email to the society’s president, Benjamin David, a student Union official said the decision had been taken “because after researching both her [Namazie] and her organisation, a number of flags have been raised”.
It went on: “We have a duty of care to conduct a risk assessment for each speaker who wishes to come to campus. There a number of articles written both by the speaker and by others about the speaker that indicate that she is highly inflammatory, and could incite hatred on campus.”
Talk about passing the buck.
Heard about this through the grapevine:
Where does cultural sensitivity end and plain victim blaming begin? We can’t let you speak about how to bring an end to the conditions which lead to violence because people invested in the system which proliferates violence will use violence to stop you speaking in order to perpetuate that system. Of violence.
My head is spinning.