DDU supporter Khadija Khan writes for Areo about the double standards in our attitudes to violence against women of Muslim heritage. When we fail to address the harmful religious attitudes that lead to such abuse for fear of causing offence we are prioritising the protection of ideas, not people.
From Samuel Paty in France last year, and more recently events at Batley Grammar School, it is clear that we need to hear liberal Muslim voices in the public sphere so traditionalists do not control the narrative. Liberal-minded people of all religions and colour should be able to disagree and offend without fear of institutional […]
In the wake of recent Islamist attacks in France, John Lichfield at Unherd considers Macron’s attempts to create a buffer between moderate Muslims and Islamists. His verdict? Flawed, but what else is to be done? Mr Paty’s lone murder has struck a raw and angry nerve in France – and not just because of the […]
Like others before him, in France and elsewhere, Samuel Paty was murdered because he offended. Nico Macdonald at medium.com argues we need to be free to offend and that well-intentioned attempts to protect certain ethnic or religious groups from the feeling of being offended, results in an infantilisation that can be profoundly destructive for everyone: […]
Kenan Malik at the New Humanist argues that the right to offend is necessary for social progress and that those lacking power need freedom of speech more than the powerful themselves. Written in 2014, in the wake of last week’s murder of teacher, Samuel Paty, for having given offence, Malik’s words are more important than […]