Free speech society to hold first public event

A new freedom of speech society at the University of Lincoln will hold its first public event tomorrow.

The Free Speech society will hold its first public debate tomorrow. Photo: Tamaki Sono/Flickr

The Free Speech Society made an appearance at the recent Refreshers Fayre and tomorrow will launch its first open debate forum.

Seth Goddard, President of the society, told The Linc that no topic is off limits.

“Because we believe in absolute freedom of speech and our group is set up to celebrate that, in my eyes there is no such thing as a topic too controversial,” he said.

Mr Goddard set up the society, along with course mates, after seeing a strong demand for such a group on campus.

He said: “We saw that there was quite a market for it, there were people on campus who were really wanting a group which is just set up to advocate and celebrate free speech.”

“In order to be able to think and to progress you need to be able to speak, you need to be able to say what it is you’re thinking.”

The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union has had its own controversies over freedom of speech in the past, after the union temporarily suspended the social media accounts of the Conservative Society last year.

However, Mr Goddard said that the Students’ Union have been very supportive in helping to establish the Free Speech Society.

He said: “Despite all the recent controversies and events, they have been absolutely stellar in their support of us. They have made it easy every step of the way, it wasn’t as uphill of a battle as a lot of people might expect given recent events.”

The Free Speech Society will hold its first open debate tomorrow from 6:30pm in the Minerva building.

More information on the society can be found by visiting its Facebook page.

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