Oxford College Student Group Banned Christian Union from "Freshers' Fair"; then Reversed Decision

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: October 8, 2017

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Education / Private



A Balliol College student group at Oxford banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be "alienating" for students of other religions, and constitute a "micro-aggression." They further claimed that Christianity was used as "an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism" and that students might feel "unwelcome" if the Christian Union had a stall. After being reprimanded, organizers agreed that the Christian Union could participate in future fairs.

Sources: BBC and Evening Standard