Liberal snowflakes love it when Richard Dawkins beats up on Christianity, not so much when he beats up on Islam.
An event in Berkeley featuring Dawkins has been canceled after organizers learned about his critical view of Islam. Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, is an atheist. Dawkins criticizes religious faith as a delusion and says a supernatural creator does not exist.
The world’s most famous atheist criticized Islam and upset people… so he can’t give a talk about science? It’s a ridiculous reason that gets even more absurd when you consider the source.
So much for free speech in Berkeley. If Dawkins is too bigoted for their tastes, the list of people who are allowed to discuss controversial topics must be incredibly thin.
According to Berkeleyside, the event in question was organized by progressive radio station KPFA.
“In the latest Berkeley controversy over what speakers may talk about, the progressive radio station KPFA has canceled an Aug. 9 on-stage appearance by the scientist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins says that KPFA did not notify him before the station canceled his talk.
KPFA had invited the British scientist to discuss his newest book, Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, which it termed “excellent.” But on Thursday the news organization canceled the event, citing concerns about the tone of some of Dawkins’ tweets about Muslims.
“We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people,” KPFA said in an email sent to ticket buyers.
“KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier.”
You cannot tell me that these morons did not know that Dawkins participates in ‘hate speech’ on Twitter about Christianity. Or maybe these people do not know how to use a computer.
“The idea that I have engaged in abusive speech against Islam is preposterous, which even the most rudimentary fact-checking by KPFA would have made clear,” Dawkins is cited as saying in the press release.
“I have indeed strongly condemned the misogyny, homophobia, and violence of Islamism, of which Muslims — particularly Muslim women — are the prime victims. I make no apologies for denouncing those oppressive cruelties, and I will continue to do so.”
Dawkins later wrote an open letter to KPFA and posted it on his website:
“I have called IslamISM ‘vile’ but surely you, of all people, understand that Islamism is not the same as Islam,” Dawkins wrote.
“I have criticized the ridiculous pseudoscientific claims made by Islamic apologists (‘the sun sets in a marsh’ etc), and the opposition of Islamic ‘scholars’ to evolution and other scientific truths. I have criticized the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticized the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women.”
A quick search of Dawkins’ tweets shows that he comments often about Islam AS WELL AS about other religions.