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UK: Don’t call that pineapple ‘Muhammed’!

October 6, 2012
For lo, though Beatrice was beheaded, yet she rose again!

For lo, though Beatrice was beheaded, yet she rose again!

‘Beatrice’ is a much nicer name.

The controversial issue of blasphemy and Muhammad has taken one of its more surreal turns as a student atheist group were ejected from their university Freshers Fair for naming a pineapple after the Prophet.

According to a statement by member Tim Rouse, the Reading University Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) were running a stall at the annual event for new students when a representative of the university student union (RUSU) came forward to complain about what was on display:

“Among the material displayed on our stall was a pineapple. We labelled this pineapple ‘Mohammed’, to encourage discussion about blasphemy, religion, and liberty, as well as to celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which free speech is protected, and where it is lawful to call a pineapple by whatever name one chooses…”

The society were “ultimately forced to leave the venue”, and they have now stated that they believe the incident violated their right to free expression within their univeristy (sic)..

New Humanist Blog (Rationalist Association)

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