I ask that the LSE Student Union hold another Emergency meeting to issue a resolution on Judaism-phobia, Christianity-phobia and Atheism-phobia. If criticising Islam is racist and discriminatory, well why not the criticism of Judaism, Christianity, or Atheism? I feel left out and to be honest – slightly offended…
Here’s what the resolution on Christianity-phobia would look like. [This is the SU's original resolution; I have just exchanged the two terms. The comments in brackets are my own].
No to racism – no to Christianityphobia!
1. The rise of Christianityphobia in the United Kingdom and world-wide
2. The rise of the extreme right in Europe [including Islamism, which is a far-Right movement]
3. The Christianityphobic offences internationally
4. Recent Christianityphobic incidents at LSE. [The Jesus and Mo cartoon will suffice as evidence]
1. In the right to criticise religion,
2. In freedom of speech and thought,
3. It has a responsibility to protect its members from hate crime and hate speech,
4. Debate on religious matters should not be limited by what may be offensive to any particular religion, but the deliberate and persistent targeting of one religious group about any issue with the intent or effect of being Christianity-phobic (as defined below) will not be tolerated.
5. That Christianity-phobia is a form of anti-Christian racism.
1. To define Christianity-phobia as “a form of racism expressed through the hatred or fear of Christianity, Christians, or Christian culture, and the stereotyping, demonisation or harassment of Christians, including but not limited to portraying Christian as barbarians or terrorists, or attacking the Bible as a manual of hatred”,
2. To take a firm stance against all Christianity-phobic incidents at LSE and conduct internal investigations if and when they occur.
3. To publicly oppose actions on campus that are Christianity-phobic based on the aforementioned definition,
4. To ensure that all Christianity-phobic incidents aimed at or perpetrated by LSE students either verbal, physical or online are dealt with swiftly and effectively in conjunction with the School,
5. To work with the Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning and Deans to address Christianity-phobic and other forms of racism on campus and methods to alleviate it,
6. To ensure that this definition is used to promote and enhance legitimate debate regarding the morality and legitimacy of international conflicts and oppose illegitimate acts of on campus.