Joint statement from LSE and LSE SU
At the LSE Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair on Thursday 3 October two students from the LSE SU Atheist Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH) wore t-shirts that were clearly designed to depict Mohammed and Jesus in a provocative manner.
The Students’ Union, which runs the event, received a number of complaints from other students.
The SU asked the students to cover the t-shirts in the interests of good campus relations. The society remained free to share their literature and views.
One member of the society declined to do this. The student was attended by a cameraman and it was feared that his behaviour would disrupt the event.
The SU referred the matter to the School. Representatives of the School in attendance agreed that the matter was a cause for concern and that the presence of the t-shirts was in danger of eroding good campus relations and disrupting efforts to run a Freshers’ Fair designed to welcome all new students.
LSE is committed to promoting freedom of expression and is known for its public events and wide range of speakers. In this instance, it was judged that the actions of the students were undermining what should have been a welcoming and inclusive event.
LSE SU General Secretary