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Published on February 5th, 2016 | by Flipside

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Free speech supporters invite ISIS to Edinburgh University so we can ‘criticise and ridicule them’

Free Speech supporters at the University of Edinburgh have today sent a formal letter to leaders of militant jihadist group ISIS, inviting them to speak at the University of Edinburgh, so that students can ‘criticise and ridicule’ them, and subsequently end their movement.

According to Parlie Cheaters, founder of an online petition to reinstate free-speech at the University of Edinburgh, ISIS should be given a platform to speak, so that students can experience and respond to their ideas, instead of just banning them, which he claims would simply make their message stronger.

“Its be shown time and time again throughout world history, that banning something, instead of engaging with it, is a surefast way to raise support for the thing you are banning” said Cheaters.

“Take the case of Adolf Hitler for example. When allied forces confined him to a bunker to die at the end of the war, and thus, banned him from living, worldwide support for him and his movement sky-rocketed to the level it is at today.”

“What we should have done, is people should have said to Hitler, look, go and speak in several Munich Beerhalls, write a book, form a political party, do whatever you want. Then people would have criticised and ridiculed him, and he would have been reduced to nothing.”

Cheater’s fellow free speech campaigner, Dom Potater added: “Yes, I echo Parlie’s sentiment.”

“Remember when gender discrimination in the workplace was banned in the UK – ridiculous! What the government should have done, is criticised and ridiculed it. That would have helped the thousands of women out there who were struggling to meet their career ambitions. Don’t get me started on murder, remember when that was banned? And support for murder went through the roof!!”

Despite Cheater’s assessment, many students at the University of Edinburgh have expressed concern at the fact that, whilst inviting ISIS to Edinburgh to be ridiculed might embarrass the group a little bit, it would give them the perfect opportunity to bomb and terrorise the entirety of Scotland, and potentially, the rest of the UK.

Fortunately, Cheaters was quick to quash any preconception that this might occur.

“I’m fairly confident that my capacity for rational, intellectual argument will put to bed the extremist thoughts of even the most militant political activist within a matter of moments. I wouldn’t be surprised if after a couple of minutes of my ridicule, members of ISIS across the middle-east are rallying to campaign for women’s rights and religious toleration.”

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