I previously documented the chilling effects that hostility over the issue of marriage has had on freedom of speech and conscience. Jesus Week is a campus wide event at the University of Queensland which helps introduce the wider student body to Jesus. Here’s a post on their Facebook page on an event they had today….
It’s with great disappointment that we have to announce that this talk will not go ahead. We appreciate that this topic has been of great interest to many who wanted to attend and were interested to hear this personal account.
However, our speaker has, we feel, been unfairly targeted and misrepresented by some elements on campus. Unfortunately he no longer feels comfortable coming on campus given the hostility directed at him.
We still think that this talk time is a great opportunity to consider the person of Jesus and what it means to be a follower of him. To that end there will be a different talk from a different speaker about this Jesus who can make a difference in people’s lives.
University is the training ground for tomorrow’s influencers. The closing of the minds there does not bode well for society and it starts with losing freedom of speech.
Wherever you are and how ever you can, please be part of the solution for this.