London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

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London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

Postby Cardinal Fang on Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:58 pm

A poster depicting the FLying Spaghetti Monster, put up by the South Bank Atheist Society (SBAS) at an event at the London South Bank University last week was reportedly removed by Student Union officials for being “religiously offensive".

SBAS had put the poster up on their pre-prepared stall the day before the event, but when they returned to the stall the following day found that the posters had been removed. When they tried to replace the missing posters they were stopped by union representatives. Initially the society was told that the issue was “Adam’s genitals” were the issue. When SBAS offered to blur the offending "member" out, the Union officials allegedly told them the posters caused “religious offences” and their stall was banned from the start-of-term student event.

The campus row has been seized upon by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the National Federation of Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Students Societies (AHS) who have condemned the poster’s removal as “utterly ridiculous” and part of “rising tide of frivolous censorship” at British universities.

The President of the London South Bank University Student's Union has issued a statement saying that the censorship of the FSM poster "does not the reflect the policy of the Students’ Union", that "No individual or student group is being or has been banned from Union activity" and has announced that they will be meeting with the President of the Atheist Society to discuss the issue, and that they will be investigating what happened.

Story here from The Independent
British Humanist Association statement here
LSBSU President's statement here
LSBSU website here

Needless to say, I for one will be keeping a close eye on how this unfolds.

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Re: London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

Postby DavidH on Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:07 am

Quite possibly the union rep was a faithhead. I reckon the shit is going to fly thick and fast over this one. :haha:
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Re: London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

Postby IspywithmeI on Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:09 am

Maybe limp appendages and two balls is all is takes to be offensive. :bummer:
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Re: London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

Postby Cardinal Fang on Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:13 pm

Statement from LSBSU today.

They've apologied to the Atheist Society and this has been accepted. They've said that the poster was taken down by a staff member who had misunderstood union policy, and said staff members has been corrected. LSBSU have undertaken to reprint the posters, and distribute them on campus on behalf of the Atheists Society. They've said that they don't approve of censorship in any way.

Statement here

So that's all well and good.

I just wonder whether they plan to extend apologies to Pastafarians who might have been offended by their actions.

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Re: London University Union says FSM is "offensive"

Postby DavidH on Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:44 pm

A likely story! More likely some bloody christian pulled them down off his own bat.
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