The University Of Kent has come under fire for the second time today after reports surfaced that it is trying to stop the use of the phrase ‘Christian name’, claiming it is offensive.
The University has told its students to stop using the term because it claims it only relates to Christians.
Instead, it suggests that students say ‘first name’ or ‘given name’ to avoid being offensive.
The university has also suggested students should not use the phrase ‘surname’, because it derives from ‘sire-name’ and was therefore deemed to be patriarchal. Guidelines say the term is permitted but discouraged.
University managers have suggested that the term ‘family name’ would be more acceptable.
The recommendations on what students should say in respect to names is listed on the University of Kent’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity pages online.
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Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern’s head of public policy, said the institution was ‘displaying an irrational fear of using the term “Christian” as if it is something to be ashamed of.
He said ‘Christianity has provided the moral and spiritual foundation for Western civilisation. This move to police language is another symptom of the abandonment of Christianity.’
Founder of the Free Speech Union Toby Young said the guideline were an example of the ‘woke movement’ attempting to police language considered offensive, adding trend was imported from American universities.
The University of Kent said it wanted to create an inclusive community for its students. A spokesperson said ‘These are guidelines not policies.’
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