According to its website, the Oxford Union "is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford." The Union "was founded in 1823 as a forum for discussion and debate, at a time when the free exchange of ideas was a notion foreign to the restrictive University authorities."
Well, times have definitely changed because these days the free exchange of ideas has become a notion foreign to the Oxford Union. Take for example, its forthcoming Middle East Debate on the proposition - "This House Believes That The State of Israel has a Right to Exist" -
The speakers in favour are Norman Finkelstein and Prof Ted Honderich while those against are Ghada Karmi and Ilan Pappe. Solomonia provides a resume of each of the speakers - each of them an anti-Semite of the lowest order - and a correspondent sums it all up perfectly:-
"This is the academic equivalent of a freak show, an exhibition of intellectual rarities, 'academic freaks" — such as unusually mediocre, lazy, self-indulgent, angry and frustrated humans, "thinkers" with humongous chips on their shoulders for their failure to be recognized for their gigantic intellects,and whose performance is expected to shock the viewers.
Discerning and decent people do not put up a freak show and do not go to see one".
[Hat tip: Elder of Ziyon]