Calls to silence Lord Carey
On 26 Oct 2012 the Kings College London Student Union released a statement saying it was offended by Lord Carey’s remarks on marriage in a talk given at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference. Lord Carey told the meeting at Birmingham Town Hall that re-defining marriage would “strike at the very fabric of society”.
“Let’s have a sensible debate about this, not call people names,” he said on 8 Oct 2012. “Let’s remember that the Jews in Nazi Germany, what started it all against them was when they started being called names. That was the first stage towards that totalitarian state.”
However, the former Archbishop’s restatement of Christian doctrine and teaching on marriage and sexuality was “outdated, hurtful and offensive” the student union said. In the name of “diversity” they demanded he be silenced.
“We are proud of our diverse and inclusive community and would never seek to promote the outright censorship of ideas. But we believe that the images of alumni on the Strand campus are there to represent King’s College London. In light of these comments, we believe by continuing to display an image of Lord Carey, the College are losing sight of the reason why these individuals are displayed on the front of our university,” the statement said.
They called upon the university to be “bold” and make an example of Lord Carey for his remarks which had “exposed our students to a great deal of distress and upset, particularly our LGBT community. Until now, King’s has a proud history of supporting gay students.”
The college administration, however, was not swayed by the pleas to punish Lord Carey. A university spokesman said it would not be removing the portrait. “We explicitly reject the notion of any censorship of ideas. Lord Carey’s views are his own and were offered as part of an open debate,” the spokesman said.
Keeping the archbishop’s photo on display was a mark of the university’s “diverse and inclusive community,” the spokesman added.