16 thoughts on “Anger as Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers’ fair

  1. >Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its method

    Collective guilt for a faith group? That will end well.

  2. The UK is now majority secular (rather than the previous mere plurality) and a college is a place of learning. This seems a reasonable and pragmatic step.

  3. > According to the paper, he added: “Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.”

    That was the Oxford student body vice-president Freddy Potts. Could anyone imagine him saying that about a certain other monotheistic religion, all of which applies word for word?

    People who think like this go on to become the cultural elite in their home countries, and they wonder why regular people despise them.

  4. Since all the other religious groups do not seem to have a problem with the multi-faith stall, I honestly don’t see the problem here.

    I honestly consider it somewhat hypocritical – although predictable – how colleges, previously under fire for allegedly giving in to religious demands from Muslims, are now blamed for not accepting religious demands from Christians.

  5. I don’t see any issues with this as long as other religions were treated the same and the article doesn’t say that it was otherwise.

  6. The solution isn’t to forbid Christians. It is to encourage Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Shinto, and other religious unions.

    What Oxford is doing is not inclusivity, it is the exact opposite.

  7. So I went to Oxford, and the CU there is almost CULTY in how evangelical it is. When I started they asked if I wanted to meet up to discuss my ‘lifestyle choices’ (I’m gay) and they turned one of my close friends into some kind of creationist drone. They have a terrible reputation amongst a lot of students. I know I’m biased… but this doesn’t bother me one bit.

    (Edit for punctuation)

  8. “religious freedom” is a two sided sword:

    It gives people the freedom to live their religion but it also gives **people the freedom to have spaces free from religion and / or live free from religion**.

    I never get why people can call for the one and not except ever the other side of this.

  9. So? If they have one stall for everyone I see no issue.

    What would bother me, is if one religion had preferential treatment.

    Like say: Everyone in one stall in Muslims/Christians/Hindus with entire area for themselves.

  10. After reading comments I learned that a part of society is really fked up.
    They are like:

  11. *Balliol College was founded in about 1263 by John I de Balliol under the guidance of the Bishop of Durham.*

    *The patron saint of the College is Saint Catherine of Alexandria.*

    There are such things like heritage, tradition etc. These other faiths – what have they in common with that college?

  12. Most seem to focus on if various religious groups were treated the same, but I’m more curious how other ‘unions’ (not really a familiar thing to me, but seems to organize social gatherings and stuff) were treated.

    The position that there would be a single multi-faith stall with no representation, but only leaflets, seems strange **if** other non-religious unions were allowed their own stall with representation.

    It seems to me like the JCR committee tried to promote unions in line with their views (secular) over religious. I think freshers should get a chance to meet various unions equally and decide for themselves what the like.

  13. > The Rev Richard Cunningham (Director of UCCF) said: “We are however concerned that the current desire to provide safe spaces on campus does not infringe on the core liberties of freedom of speech and freedom of association which are surely foundational to the university experience and indeed to basic human flourishing.”

    Safe spaces are a real thing? They exist outside of the US? Oh my giddy aunt.

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