Second university sounds alarm over segregation at Muslim student even

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  1. pmaitra

    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

    Mar 10, 2009
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    Second university sounds alarm over segregation at Muslim student events

    Hamza Tzortzis, an Islamic speaker who tours university campuses

    A Second university in a matter of weeks has launched an investigation into claims that Muslim students are enforcing segregation between men and women at public events.

    Leicester University voiced concern after photographs emerged showing hand-written signs directing male and female students to sit in separate sections at a public talk on the existence of God organized by the university’s Islamic Society.

    The meeting was addressed by Hamza Tzortzis, an Islamic speaker who tours university campuses, who was at the centre of controversy over segregation at University College London (UCL) last month.

    UCL announced that it was banning his organization, the Islamic Education & Research Academy (IERA), from its campus after a debate he was addressing descended into farce over the issue of segregation.

    The latest row erupted after photographs were published on the internet showing sheets of A4 paper attached to a door reading “brothers” and “sisters” with arrows pointing in opposite directions at the entrance to the event in Leicester.

    A separate notice on the website the University of Leicester Islamic Society (ULISoc), makes clear that while its meetings are open to the public it has a policy of “segregated seating for brothers and sisters at all co-attended events”.

    The University said that it would investigate the signs shown in the photographs, which are said to have been taken by a student, but added that it was not aware of anyone being “forced” to sit separately.

    Then, after being shown a link to the society’s website making clear that it had a policy of segregated seating, it said it would ensure that no one was required to sit separately unless they wished to.

    A spokesman for Tzortzis’s group acknowledged that it was not uncommon the sexes to be informally segregated at events for Muslim students but insisted any signs were just to “facilitate” rather than “enforce” separation.

    He added that there was “not usually any sort of problem” if non-Muslims attend events and ignore signs advising them to sit in different areas.
    “It is a little bit of a storm in a teacup,” he said.

    “It is down to a bit of a misunderstanding about the way that Islam is perceived.”

    He added that signs could be helpful to “accommodate” people who “want to sit with their own gender”.

    And Mr Tzortzis responded to criticism on Twitter, insisting that there had been no "enforcement" but added: "This is neo-liberal extremism at its best.

    "If women want to sit alone, let them."

    Last month a debate organized by the IERA and addressed by Mr Tzortzis at UCL almost had to be abandoned over the issue of segregation.
    Professor Lawrence Krauss, a leading physicist and former adviser to Barack Obama, was invited to debate the question of "Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?" with Mr Tzortzis.

    But he threatened to walk out when he discovered that men and women were sitting in segregated blocs.

    He was persuaded to stay only after organisers agreed to let men and women sit together but then found himself being accused of intolerance by angry members of the audience.

    The professor later remarked that British people appeared too afraid to offend “vocal and aggressive” elements.

    A spokesman for Leicester University said: “The university will investigate whether entrances to the hall for this event were segregated by the Society and will ensure there is no recurrence of this.”

    Dan Flatt of the university’s Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union does not believe in enforced segregation.

    “We trust in our Societies ability to conduct their events in accordance with the principles of the Union.”

    No-one from the University of Leicester Islamic Society itself responded to inquiries about the arrangement last night.

    On its website the group advertises sporting sessions for men and women but adds: “Please note: due to the relocation of sports facilities this year it has unfortunately not been possible to book the Sports Hall for sisters' sports.”

    Source: Second university sounds alarm over segregation at Muslim student events - Telegraph
  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Here we go again,is Londonistan a couple of years away :)
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Rather silly to have religious practices being enforced in a secular country and in a secular college or university.
  5. dhananjay1

    dhananjay1 Regular Member

    Mar 10, 2013
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    May be BBC should dish out more junk documentaries about greatness of Islam. :rofl:

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