Will the National Secular Society keep David Starkey as an honorary associate?

This post was written by Reuben on August 14, 2011
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Most of us by now will have seen David Starkey disgraceful, Powell-esque commentary about “black culture” in the aftermath of the riot.

Currently the National Secular Society proudly dedicate a webpage to him, as one of their “honorary associates”.

Meanwhile according their statement of “general principles”, they exist “to promote the friendship of all peoples as a means of advancing universal peace to further common cultural interests and to develop the freedom and dignity of humanity”.

If their general principles are to maintain any credibility whatsoever then they must do something about they very public relationship with David Starkey.

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Ralph

Why on earth do you think this is important? DS is a bit of a prat sometimes. So what?

#1 
Written By Ralph on August 15th, 2011 @ 4:50 pm
julia

A high profile TV personality displaying aggressive racism on the BBC’s most influential news programme is more than “a bit of a prat”.
And the National Secular Society, though not without political problems, is a progressive organisation. We need it to maintain its credibility, and it needs to distance itself from the disgusting, primitive, bullying ideas of Starkey.

#2 
Written By julia on August 16th, 2011 @ 10:34 am
#3 
Written By julia on August 16th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
DanChatterton

I’ve watched the clip at last. Starkey was obviously wrong, and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but I think your rhetoric is overdone: it wasn’t “aggressive racism”. But he certainly did display some of his prejudices and ignorance. Perhaps that would be cause enough to dump him on its own. However, the NSS didn’t dump him when he contradicted their position on the anti-gay Christian B&B owners (he supported their ‘right’ to discriminate), so I don’t see them dumping him for this. Where’s the line, though?

#4 
Written By DanChatterton on August 16th, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

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