A law student at the prestigious University of Edinburgh in Scotland has been put under investigation by university administrators for an alleged “hate crime,” after writing a Facebook post critical of the Islamic State.
Law student Robbie Travers was accused by a peer of “putting minority students at risk and in a state of panic” — for celebrating a successful U.S. air strike against ISIS targets.
“I’m glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins,” Travers wrote on Facebook in April following the airstrike.
In response to Travers’ post, Edinburgh student Esme Allman filed an official complaint with the university for what Allman charged was “blatant Islamophobia” that was “putting minority students at risk and in a state of panic.”
Allman is a self-identified “womanist” and proponent of “intersectionality,” an ideology that says identities can “intersect” — that is to say, they effectively combine — to make an individual more oppressed by the dominant culture.
“I am a self-proclaimed feminist and womanist from inner-city London, and have a strong interest in intersectionality,” Allman writes in her 2017 election manifesto for the position of the Edinburgh University Student Association’s (EUSA) Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer.
“As a BME student, I value inclusivity as well as building and preserving safe spaces for us,” Allman continues. “Creating a truly intersectional campaign is incredibly important to me and my first job will be to work alongside the other liberation groups to ensure EUSA are fully representative of our views.”
Intersectionality holds, for example, that a black woman is more oppressed than a white woman because she is black, and more oppressed than a black man because she is also a woman. Likewise, a transgender black woman would be more oppressed than a black woman because she has the additional oppressed identity of being transgender.
“This view has been endorsed by the National Union of Students in the past. It’s completely wrong, but I’m sure many believe it, and, sadly, there are many who go further and actively support ISIS in the U.K.,” said Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of The Bow Group, the U.K.’s oldest conservative think tank.
According to an update on Facebook Travers posted Monday evening, more charges have been leveled against him by students he says are ideologically motivated because of his journalistic efforts exposing far-left anti-Semitism on campus.
“An update into the University of Edinburgh investigation into me: I now stand accused of ‘lying about anti-semitism’ and ‘radicalisation amongst BME students,'” Travers posted on Facebook. “I am absolutely heartbroken that after hard years of work in exposing and writing about anti-semitism, my work in exposing malignant and repulsive Jew hate is now branded a ‘lie.'”
“Worse, not a single piece of tangible evidence has been provided to support this claim. Lawyers I have engaged now believe this malicious report into me may be motivated by anti-semitism and desired to silence an individual, myself, who has previously exposed Edinburgh students noting that ‘gassing Zionists’ would be ‘too good for them,’ and using racist slurs such as ‘Zio,'” he wrote.
Harris-Quinney says Travers’ experience is indicative of the Left’s campaign to intimidate opposing voices on college campuses.
“What we have seen over the past few years across campuses — the closing down of debate, the persecution of those who hold challenging views, and the sanitization of the University experience — represents a real threat to the future of our civilization,” he told LifeZette. “Free speech should be a cornerstone of any university’s philosophy, and students should be allowed to think and say as they please, even if their views are considered controversial.”
“What we have however, is a situation where even uncontroversial and common views are being censored,” Harris-Quinney said. “If British universities are unable to act as a forum for even basic levels of debate and thought, they must fail to achieve the higher thought that previously made them the envy of the world.”
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