Posted: Sep 04, 2019 4:38 pm
by Thommo
felltoearth wrote:To be clear, the “Islam is not a race” card has been used in many places including here as a defense as to why racists remarks veiled as comments on Islam (read brown people) are not racist. Peter what’s his face, our former resident Islamophobe, comes to mind here.


This is 100% true. It is also 100% true that sometimes criticism of the religion of Islam gets decried as if it were racism. In that case it's the only sane response.

It's the same with the university example. It is true that there must be limits on free speech and excluding far right speakers from Britain is perfectly reasonable. This does not mean universities are not now regularly banning and blacklisting speakers who aren't far right in a way they certainly didn't do previously (at least within my lifetime). It's got as far as Peter Tatchell for goodness sake.