Oxford College Bans Christian Union From Freshers’ Fair

The student union argued the Christian Union is a “potential harm” to new students.

The JCR committee, the college’s student union, barred Balliol Christian Union (CU) from having a stall at the Freshers’ Fair, because they wanted it to be a “secular space”, according to Oxford’s student newspaper Cherwell.

The JCR later pitched a multi-faith stall to display leaflets however, no representative would be allowed to staff it, according to leaked emails. The Balliol CU rejected the offer.

The move sparked a backlash among students, with others within the College criticising it as a “violation of free speech”.

The JCR passed a motion on Sunday condemning the JCR committees for “barring the participation of specific faith-based organizations”.

It states: “the Balliol JCR should not make judgments regarding the legitimacy of faith groups or religious expression.”

The motion prohibits the JCR from barring any official religious societies from participation in the Balliol freshers’ fair in future.

In an email exchange, JCR vice-president Freddy Potts, on behalf of the JCR committee, reportedly told a CU representative: “We recognise the wonderful advantages in having CU representatives at the freshers’ fair, but are concerned that there is potential for harm to freshers who are already struggling to feel welcome in Oxford.”

“Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism,” he added.

In a Facebook post, JCR president Hubert Au said the decision to have a multi-faith stall rather than a specific CU stall, was reached “in light of both concerns raised by members [of the Welfare sub committee].”

“We didn’t want to monopolise the presence of any individual faith/belief society at the Balliol freshers’ fair.”


The Guardian 



  1. Hairatic Rick

    October 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t care which religion is present where I go, as long as they are willing to debate me and not cry like babies after I destroy their religion with proof, not babble.

    • Epicification

      October 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Is that why prominent atheists haven’t debated prominent Christians since the 80’s?

      • Hairatic Rick

        October 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

        There are no prominent Christians, just a lot of wannabes and a bunch who are cucked by muslemsylvanians, who they fear. Idiot child the 1980s you say, get out from under you rock. HA! Check out the videos of Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and HairaticRick, to name just a few, debating and destroying the religious including Muslims (Something you Christians don’t do) all in this century.

        • Epicification

          October 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

          Let’s see…. Ten insults then an appeal to authority?! I have been wrong my whole life!

          • Hairatic Rick

            October 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

            Your philosophy 101 class ill prepared you for life in the real world. Nevertheless, nice to admit when you are wrong. Now run along to play, but not in the road.

          • Epicification

            October 12, 2017 at 9:35 am

            Still avoiding this “debate” that would make me “cry like a baby when I lose” I see.

      • Hairatic Rick

        October 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

        Someone up voted you ???? HA! Even that moron Bill Nye destroyed Ken Ham in 2014. 1980s HA! ????

        • Epicification

          October 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

          Just saw this double comment. The exception doesn’t prove the rule false. Dawkins’s foundation has even put out statements saying atheists SHOULDN’T debate creationists. My point still stands.
          Also just read the transcript of the debate, and being objective, its two eloquent speakers completely avoiding each other’s points because the topic is too broad for them to have prepared rebuttals for the others’ points.

          • Epicification

            October 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

            (Replying to self to avoid spamming troll with notifications)

            Favorite exchange from the “debate” (paraphrased)

            Moderator: How do you reconcile evolution with the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
            Nye: (explains the law. Talks about how great it is. Does not address the question at all.)
            Ham: You don’t.

          • Hairatic Rick

            October 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

            Wow, your 1980 point still stands even as I have shown the world that it was silly! No point debating you, you are dismissed.

          • Epicification

            October 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm

            Ok Mr. “The exception is the rule” have a good day.

        • jbo5112

          October 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm

          The last (possibly only) time I saw Bill Nye try to make an argument on any issue (pro-abortion rights), all he did was dig himself a giant pit full of his logical fallacies. It left me quite impressed that he ever could have duped anyone into thinking he was an intellectual.

          However, in the the name of honest intellectualism, I read part of Nye’s arguments in the said debate. I don’t think I was terribly far into his introduction before he was using a straw man argument. At that point I stopped. I have better uses of my time.

          • Hairatic Rick

            October 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

            My point! Even the moron Nye, ripped the nuts off your best Christian “intellectual” the Ham man. HA 😀

    • WSC777

      October 11, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Shut up, virgin

      • Hairatic Rick

        October 11, 2017 at 7:14 am

        Again, ugly, I’m not going this let you suck me off no matter how much you beg. Stop trying! ????

  2. American Quilter

    October 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    “Islam’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.” I find this statement much truer than the one it replaced. Great Britain is allowing Islam to destroy British culture and society, and is apparently afraid to utter even a slight criticism.

  3. Dante Alighieri ????

    October 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    thus’tt7a n

    this man hA FWS89J us

    • PunJabber

      October 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      “thus’tt7a n

      this man hA FWS89J us”

      Abandon dope all ye who enter here!

  4. Scarlett

    October 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What has happened to poor England? Are they a Muslim nation now? Sad.

    • BlackFox

      October 11, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Infested with Leftists and their organ grinders.

  5. Steve O

    October 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm


  6. Kimmy3

    October 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    But if The Muslims show up then fair game! So glad I took my burkha to the cleaners.

  7. Jim

    October 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Multiculturalism is Jim Crow.

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