Thursday 18 January 2018

Trinity College hammers yet another nail into the coffin of free speech

Human rights activist Maryam Namazie
Human rights activist Maryam Namazie
Trinity College Dublin
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

A few years ago, I was booked to debate the now infamous terrorist organiser, Anjem Choudary (I've written about the incident in the past, so stop me if you've heard this one before).

The debate itself made for a depressing yet curiously satisfying evening. The satisfying part came when one of his burly bodyguards thought I was blowing kisses at him from across the table and tried to attack me.

But the way this open advocate of the destruction of the West was treated with such kid gloves by the student organisers was remarkably depressing - all the food had to be halal and no wine was to be served with dinner despite the fact that Muslim guests were in the minority at the table.

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