The right to offend is fundamental to free expression
- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On January 25, 2012
- 17 Comments
Here’s One Law for All’s statement in support of LSE ASH:
One Law for All calls on the London School of Economics Student Union to respect and uphold the rights of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH), in particular its right to freedom of expression.
Their accusation that the publication of a cartoon featuring Jesus Christ and the Prophet Mohammed amounts to ‘racism and discrimination on campus’ is both absurd and dangerous.
The right to offend is fundamental to the right to free expression. Indeed, offence is a highly subjective concept, thereby rendering every word, drawing, or speech potentially offensive.
The LSE SU should understand the difference between prejudice against a group of people and criticism of a set of beliefs.
The ASH must be allowed to continue their activities unhindered and any action against them dropped.
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