The South Bank Atheist Society (SBAS) poster featuring a ‘flying spaghetti monster’ has been banned by union officials over fear of causing religious offence.
A poster featuring a mock up of Michaelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ painting, intended to humorously promote the SBAS, has resulted in a freedom of speech row after being removed by university officials.
The flying spaghetti monster is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody (although officially recognised) religion of ‘Pastafarians’ used by atheists to critique intelligent design theory.
The poster was put up last week for a freshers event only to be quickly removed by student union officials due to it being “religiously offensive”.
The SBAS stated that union officials initially told them it was Adam’s “exposed genitals” that were apparently the issue, however they were then informed that the poster caused “religious offence” and their entire stall was removed from the event.
Both the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Students Societies (AHS) have criticised the decision to remove the poster and deemed it “utterly ridiculous” and part of a “rising tide of frivolous censorship” at British universities.
This is another outrageous act of student union censorship in recent months (Censorship at QUB) where hypersensitive elected union officials are removing student freedom of speech and implementing censorship.