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 IndependentBritish Humanist Association statement hereLSBSU President's statement hereLSBSU website here
Needless to say, I for one will be keeping a close eye on how this unfolds.