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Universities join battle against terror as guidelines are agreed - Times Online

University leaders have agreed to inform the police of any extremist behaviour by students or visiting speakers that they suspect may lead to terrorism.

A new "tool kit" for universities issued today by Bill Rammell, the Universities Minister, advises universities to draw up a national watch list of guest speakers who should be banned from speaking on campus. It also suggests that universities consider setting up multi-faith chaplaincies instead of separate prayer rooms for different faiths, to promote integration and prevent pockets of extremists forming.

Where they are allowed, Muslim chaplains should be trained to support vulnerable students who are being groomed, bullied or harassed by violent extremists so that these concerns can be passed to the police.

Mr Rammell was adamant, however, that Muslim students - particularly those coming from overseas - did not have the right to demand special treatment from British universities. "Britain technically is a Christian country with many secular features. It's those two things. It's not anything else. If you expect that you would have the same response to your faith needs in Britain as would happen within a Muslim or Islamic country, [you] would be disappointed," he said.

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by Fran on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 12:08:54 AM EST
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I guess that's the new definition of academic freedom - that is, in this day and age, freedom is largely academic.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 05:09:24 AM EST
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Typical, he says that "Britain technically is a Christian country with many secular features". It's not. It's a secular post-enlighenment country with considerable tolerance for faith communities.

that may seem like mere wordplay bordering on sophistry, but it isn't. Christians may be the majority faith community and may have played a lrge part in the development of present-day culture, but they don't ge to make the rules any more. Nor does any other religion.

And whenever they try to push their luck with anti-abortion or blasphemy, they'll get a slap from the real majority who don't want god-botherers getting in their face.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 12:00:38 PM EST
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