Cardiff University Double Standards
From BBC News:
A student newspaper has recalled 8,000 copies and suspended its editor after publishing a cartoon satirising the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.Cardiff Universtiy Islamic Society seems to have a bit more leeway when it comes to freedom of expression. On its wesbite forum the student newspaper Gair Rhydd (Free Word in English - oh, the irony) is referred to as Gay Read, and comments such as these are deemed OK:
It is thought Cardiff University's student union paper Gair Rhydd is the first UK publication to use the image which has caused global protests.
"The Students' Union very much regrets any upset caused or disrespect shown by the publication of the controversial cartoon and has taken immediate action by promptly withdrawing all copies of this week's edition of Gair Rhydd."
The statement went on to say that an investigation was under way and that the editor and three student journalists had been suspended.
I am for the absolute freedom of speech everywhere, and that’s why I call upon every free sole [sic] among Arabs to use the Danish flag as a substitute for toilet paper. To illustrate every wall with graffiti making fun of everything Europe holds as holy: dancing rabbis on the carcasses of Palestinian children, hoax gas-chambers built in Hollywood in 1946 with Steven Spielberg’s approval stamp, and Aids spreading fagots. Let us defend the absolute freedom of speech altogether, wouldn’t that be a noble cause?Naturally enough, the cartoons are seen as a Zionist plot. It makes one wonder what they teach at the University's Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.