A couple of London students created an uproar over t-shirts they created that depicted Jesus and Muhammad.

However, the London School of Economics (LSE) has been forced to apologize for squelching their free-speech rights by forcing them to cover-up. Breitbat’s Raheem Kassam files these details:

In October it was reported that two students, Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis, were accosted by university management and security staff, and ordered to remove “offensive” t-shirts which depicted the Muslim prophet Muhammad, as well as Jesus Christ. The pair are part of the university’s Atheist, Secularist, and Humanist (ASH) Society, and the t-shirts were merchandise from a popular satirical cartoon entitled “Jesus and Mo.”

But for some students, namely Community and Welfare Officer Anneessa Mahmood, Deputy Chief Executive Jarlath O’Hara, and Anti-Racism Officer Rayhan Uddin, the “offense” caused was too great. The ASH society’s posters were literally torn down, and those wearing certain t-shirts were told to cover-up or face disciplinary action. Phandis described the entire scenario as “Kafkaesque,” and many noted the severe nature of the LSE’s enforcement.

Initially, the pair stood their ground and refused to remove the shirts. They were quickly surrounded by LSE security staff, and told they were failing to behave in an “orderly and responsible manner,” and that wearing the t-shirts could be considered “harassment.” Moos and Phandis agreed to put their coats on at this point, obscuring the t-shirts, but returned the next morning with the same apparel, albeit with the word “CENSORED” across the front. Once again, they were asked to remove the “offending” items.

…The LSE, after its own investigation into the matter, released a statement earlier this month acknowledging their censorious mistakes:

The London School of Economics and Political Science has today apologised to two students from the LSE Students’ Union Atheist Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH) who wore t-shirts depicting Mohammed and Jesus at the SU Freshers’ Fair on 3 October 2013 and who were asked to cover their t-shirts or face removal from the Fair. The Director of the School, Professor Craig Calhoun, has written to the students acknowledging that, with hindsight, the wearing of the t-shirts on this occasion did not amount to harassment or contravene the law or LSE policies.

But the apology also sought to excuse staff behavior on the day in question, stating that, “Members of staff acted in good faith and sought to manage the competing interests of complainant students and [Moos and Phandis] in a way that they considered to be in the best interests of all parties on the days in question.”