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British Humanist Association Shuts Down 'Insecure' Students Who No Platform University Speakers

03/12/2015 15:45 | Updated 03 December 2015

An atheist charity has issued a series of scathing tweets directed at "insecure" students who create "safe spaces" at university and 'no platform' speakers who offend them.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) was addressing an incident which took place at Goldsmiths University in London, where the feminist and Islamic societies reportedly condemned an atheist speaker as an "Islamophobe".

Maryam Namazie, an Iranian-born secularist who campaigns against Islamic extremism was speaking at a lecture on "Apostasy, blasphemy and free expression in the age of ISIS", when she and other speakers were "subjected to death threats".

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Maryam Namazie was heckled and accused of "intimidating" students by the man in the front row

The BHA has now tweeted its frustration at students shutting down debates and refusing to let external speakers have a platform if they express "controversial" views.

Famous feminist Germaine Greer was recently the centre of a row after she was scheduled to deliver a guest lecture at Cardiff University. A group of students tried to ban Greer from appearing at the university, saying she was dangerous due to her transphobic views.

The National Union of Students (NUS) has currently no platformed the BNP, the EDL and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, among others.

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