Now I have differences with Mr Lowles, not least because of his attacks on secular and anti-extremist Muslims but to describe him as an "Islamophobe" and seek to "No Platform" him strikes me as blatantly absurd.
The Huffington Post reports:
The NUS‘ black students’ campaign is attempting to no platform an anti-racism campaigner who founded Hope Not Hate because he is apparently “Islamophobic”.
Nick Lowles, director of the organisation, posted a message on Facebook saying he had been targeted by the National Union of Students because he has “repeatedly spoken out against grooming and dared condemn Islamist extremism”.
The NUS has a colourful history of attempting to no-platform speakers.
Most recently, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was branded “transphobic” by an NUS officer, who refused to speak at an event with Tatchell.
However when it emerged Jihadi John sympathisers were speaking on university campuses, the NUS refused to address the issue. The union also voted against condemning Isis as it would be “Islamophobic” to do so.
The union recently condemned its own president for breaking an Israel goods boycott by fraternising with Coca Cola – as the NUS says it operates factories in illegal Israeli settlements.
The refusal by the students to deal with Islamist Hate in all it's evil forms and to attack those who try to deal with the rise of clerical fascism shows how degenerate the politics of political correctness has become.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Something is seriously wrong in our universities. Higher education is failing. Badly.