University's banning of Muslim comedy attacked

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MUSLIM comedians have been banned from performing at a Scottish university in a move described as "ridiculous and undemocratic".

Glasgow Caledonian University backed out of hosting Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour this month after complaints from its Muslim Students' Association.

Oceanic, which organised the tour, was told by the university that the group felt the act was derogatory to their religion.

Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman will still perform the show at Dundee University on 27 November with the full backing of its Islamic Society. Yesterday, Fozia Ali, the campaign executive with Oceanic, said that she and the comics were disappointed with Glasgow Caledonian University's decision.

She said: "It seems somewhat ridiculous in a democratic society, in the era of freedom of speech, that the objections of a few cause an educational institution such as Caledonian University to walk away from a contractual agreement."

A spokeswoman for Glasgow Caledonian University said: "When the Muslim Students' Association expressed reservations about the show, it was decided the booking would not go ahead."