Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rammell warns of extremism at universities

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Last Updated: 2:10am GMT 28/11/2007

Universities are in danger of becoming "breeding grounds for violent extremism" unless academics challenge hard-line views among students, the Government warned last night.
Students should be encouraged to debate controversial topics, such as the motives behind suicide bombers, to stop those with radical beliefs disappearing underground, said Bill Rammell, the higher education minister.
He also suggested that in the interests of free speech radical lecturers should be allowed to argue that suicide bombers are "justified".

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