Discrimination row after Oxford college cancels Christian event

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The Free Speech Union has now written to Mr Isaac calling for him to apologise and to reinstate the booking for the next Wilberforce Academy conference in September. In the letter, seen by The Telegraph, Toby Young says the “uncritical acceptance of claims that the conference harmed students was a serious error. The College should have investigated and faced down students’ ill-founded complaints. No higher education institution should apologise for free speech,” wrote Mr Young, the union’s general secretary. He added: “You do not need reminding that refusing to provide the College’s services because of Christian Concern’s religious beliefs would constitute unlawful discrimination. We continue to stand by Christian Concern and will provide whatever legal and financial assistance we deem appropriate should this matter escalate.”

Hayley Dixon, The Telegraph, 20th March 2022.