Meet Mohammed. He is a pineapple. He is not offensive.
Yet the Reading University Students Union (RUSU) would have you think otherwise. When the Reading University Atheist, Humanist, Secularist Student Society (RAHS) displayed a pineapple with a name badge on it that said Mohammed at a student fayre people complained, and the RUSU ordered RAHS to remove the pineapple from display. When they refused they were told to leave, and later escorted away by security staff. Read what happened in this statement from RAHS.
Yes, that’s right. The Students Union told RAHS to remove the pineapple that was offending a small number of other people, suggesting that they think some people, based upon their religious beliefs, have a right not to be offended.
Hint: they don’t.
The decision to order the RAHS to remove the pineapple to protect these poor souls from being offended by a pineapple also suggests RUSU believe that the religious freedom and freedom of speech of the RAHS representatives is worth less than that of those who complained.
Hint: it isn’t.
What happened is not okay. It never will be okay. This sort of censorship happens far too often because of the sensitivities of a small majority of religious people (who, by the way, do not represent the majority of religious people.)
If a persons faith can be insulted by a pineapple I’d suggest that the problem lays with their faith, and not the pineapple and its name badge that reads Mohammed. Just a thought…