Monday, 16 April 2007

Cambridge Motoon Student Apologises

Subject to the CPS making a sane decision, the Cambridge Motoon case appears to be drawing to an ignoble close:

A CAMBRIDGE University student who sparked a huge row when he published anti- Islamic material has issued a grovelling apology.

The 19-year-old second-year Clare College student went into hiding after he printed a cartoon and material satirising religion in college magazine Clareification.

For his own safety and that of others, the student, who is British, has not been named. During the initial furore surrounding the publication he was taken out of his accommodation and put in a secure place.

Cartoons which had sparked worldwide protests in the Muslim community were reprinted in the edition. The college has promised to take action to prevent a similar incident occurring.

Part of the student's apology read: "I understand that this edition has caused deep offence and hurt to very many people, both inside and outside Clare, through its derogatory references to individuals and also to various groups, including women, Jews, Christians and Muslims."

Of course, he didn't get death threats from women, Jews, or Christians, did he?
A Clare College spokesman said:

"Because of the gravity of the situation and the diversity of views expressed about the best way of handling it ("Kill Him", "Respect free speech in an institution of learning" - who knows which one is right? - FR), the Dean of Students set in train procedures for convening the Court of Discipline.

"As events unfolded, however, a collective decision was taken to pursue instead a course of restorative justice and reconciliation."

Restorative justice and reconciliation? It sounds like they'll be getting Desmond Tutu in next.

The Cambridge University Muslims have graciously accepted the apology (there'll be no beheading tonight, folks), and the university authorities can now return happily to the safety of dhimmitude. I don't blame the student for apologising - after all, if it's a choice between that and being sent down then learning to be a good dhimmi is a small personal price for an individual to pay. But virtually everyone else involved should hang their heads in shame.

It'll make beheading them much easier, next time something like this happens.

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