Hope Not Hate: devoured by its own censorious logic

Campus censorship continues to eat itself. Nick Lowles, head of anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, took to social media today to decry the fact that NUS Black Students is pushing to have him removed from an upcoming panel on anti-racism. All because, the little pillocks claim, he is ‘Islamophobic’.

Revolution eats its young‘Never mind all the work HOPE not hate [sic] has done challenging anti-Muslim hatred’, Lowles fumed in a Facebook post. ‘It seems that some ultra-left activists believe I’m Islamophobic because I have repeatedly spoken out against grooming and dared condemn Islamist extremism.’

Lowles dubbed the move ‘lunacy’, and, on the surface, it’s hard to disagree. Alongside the attempts to No Platform anti-Islamist campaigner Maryam Namazie, the call to ban Lowles speaks to the mania of the Islamophobia industry, which has been readily taken up by so-called campus radicals. In this blinkered worldview, any criticism of Islamism is taken as an act of mini-imperialism, an expression of racial hatred.

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