Last night was the AGM of the Edinburgh University Student’s Association.
Six to seven hundred students filled two lecture theatres, linked via the interwebs, to discuss some pretty controversial issues and vote on motions about them.
Last night’s agenda included:
- Bibles in halls of residence
- Energy Efficient student housing
- A no platform policy to ban the BNP
- Boycott of Israel
- Banning cigarette sales from EUSA outlets
- Stopping EUSA staff and representatives from travelling by plane
The main reason I was there was the bible one.
A few years ago EUSA stopped Gideon’s from placing Bibles in Pollock Halls and this motion wanted to reverse that, on the grounds of religious tolerance, freedom of speech and the general goodness/usefulness of the Bible.
I would love to see Bibles in every room in Pollock. I think it would be a brilliant thing, even if it drew just one person a tiny little bit closer to God. I disagree with the arguments against it put forward by those I know: that it is an invasion of privacy (you don’t like it, stick it under your bed), a waste of resources (people knowing God is priceless – humanly speaking), etc. etc.
I was all set to vote in favour, obviously. But as people spoke about it and I read the motion itself more closely, I began to question my resolve. One point in the motion says this: