Canadian Freethought Group Stands Up For Free Speech of Pro-Life Group
York University’s Freethought/Nontheist group – Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists at York (FreeSAY) – is standing up for the free speech and free assembly rights of Pro-Lifers at the university, following the university’s recent banning of pro-life groups. The university is banning these groups because they are anti-choice.
This is an official statement on behalf of the Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists @ York Executive Council, objecting the York Federation of Students’ recent vote to ban pro-life groups on campus. This move by the YFS conflicts with the important human right to freedoms of speech and expression.
The YFS passed a policy over the weekend of June 1st to the effect of: “No YFS resources, space, recognition or funding will be allocated to enhance groups or individuals whose primary or sole purpose is anti-choice activities.”
The fact that this vote was passed without any student polling or student awareness greatly concerns us. A student government body such as the YFS should have taken the time to conduct referendums, hold public discussions and debates to include York Students in this issue instead of hastily passing this ban.
Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists @ York calls for any student organization, club and body to support freedom of speech and demand that the York Federation of Students overturn their policy and grant equal privileges to student pro-life groups on campus.
If you have connections with any students or student organizations that might like to show its support in this issue, kindly forward this message.
FreeSAY will also be hosting an event centred on the issue of free speech in conjunction with the Centre for Inquiry Ontario later this summer.
Thank you sincerely,
Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists at York
This is a clear indication of a true valuing of free speech and assembly, as the group is standing up for these rights for those whom they are diametrically opposed to.