Queen’s University Belfast Cancels Charlie Hebdo Event Citing Potential Attack Of Multiculturalism & Diversity

A university that hosted conferences throughout the Troubles has been accused of censorship after it cancelled a conference to discuss the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Queen’s University Belfast yesterday pulled the plug on the event scheduled for early June, citing a “security risk” and concern over the institution’s reputation.

Now a journalist who was due to take part has suggested the university may have invented the threat out of concern that a speaker may cause offence.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    Speak clearly and accurately in these situations. Calling it ‘censorship’ is unproductive because it is demonstrably erroneous. That is not what is happening at all and everyone knows it. The correct word is ‘cowardice.’ And it needs to be used so that the true issue – the perpetual threat of violence in the name of Islam – is placed squarely in view.

  • David Murrell

    Hastily reading the blurb, one would think that the anti-intellectual university in question is Queen’s University in Ontario (not Belfast). But then again, Queen’s University in Ontario would never schedule such a conference in the first place: it entails supporting democracy and free speech.

    • Queen’s has really gone downhill by all accounts.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In the Muslim world, ‘taking offense’ is analogous to ‘slaughter your neighbors, burn his houses and barns, rape the women, enslave the children.’

  • roccolore

    Muslims and liberals celebrate “diversity” by forcing the cancellation of opposing views.

  • John