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Breaking: Dawkins dumped from Berkeley due to “hurtful words”

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Just like Coulter and Yiannopoulos?

From Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist:

Richard Dawkins has a new collection of essays coming out next month in a book called Science in the Soul. Naturally, he’ll be visiting the U.S. on a book tour.

One of the stops was going to be in Berkeley, California on August 9. It was sponsored by KPFA, a progressive radio station in the area, in a city known for being the hotbed of liberal activism.

But that talk has now been canceled. More.

Jerry Coyne quotes the cancellation notice:

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 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. We also apologize to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation. Your ticket purchases will automatically be refunded by Brown Paper Tickets.

Sincerely,
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

They did not tell Dawkins  this in advance.

Look on the bright side: No one who should be taken seriously will ever buy a ticket from Brown Paper Tickets again. Unless they like intellectual baby food. Takes all kinds, right? And it is good to actually know who they are.

More  from Coyne:

KPFA, like so many, is guilty of confusing free speech with “abusive speech”, banning a talk, and thus depriving people of the chance to hear Richard–and probably ask him questions or even criticize him.

Coyne doesn’t grasp, it seems, that to a millennial progressive, all free speech is by definition abusive speech because it is uttered without taking all of his sensitivities into account. Coyne’ll learn.

An appeal from  Uncommon Descent to progressive scholars and intellectuals: If the local censorious relent and Dawkins does come to Berkeley, please don’t torch cars. We realize that human beings don’t matter to you but the practice is bad for The Environment and murder on underground insects.

See also: The war on intellectual freedom: How political correctness morphed into a monster.

The war on freedom is rotting our intellectual life: In a world governed by naturalism, power is its own justification. That is the single hardest thing for opponents of rampant political correctness to grasp.

When professors stifle freedom of thought :These protest movements are not 1960s retro; they are a flat-out war on reality, conducted by seasoned veterans with a lot at stake.

Don’t expect a quick end to the war on free speech: The momentum of the campaign will be hard to stop

and

How can we defend the right to think for ourselves? You need true grit and a thick skin

5 Replies to “Breaking: Dawkins dumped from Berkeley due to “hurtful words”

  1. 1
    J-Mac says:

    ““The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”-Richard Dawkins

    I guess this doesn’t qualify as hurtful speech? But why? I guess because hurting Christians is not a hot topic and they are sure not to bomb your radio station even if they are hurt…

    Now I get it…

  2. 2
    News says:

    Christians do not fear Dawkins’s childish abuse.* Who does fear it and why? “Class, that is our next project, 25% of your semester mark.”

    * American Christians (used to) live in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech. So did Canadian Christians, at one time.

    I wish Donald Trump would invite everyone who has been dumped from Berkeley by the censorious scolds who are fronting the Naphthalene Snowflakes to say their piece on the White House lawn, all expenses paid.

    Here in Canada, the new Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, is threatening the funding for Jackboot U and We’ll Fix U. If he wins, we Canadians will try to catch up, you can be sure.

    http://nationalpost.com/news/p.....fa39b9189d

  3. 3
    rvb8 says:

    I can’t believe it, I’m generally in agreement with NEWS. But then so are Coyne and Dawkins.

    These ‘regressive leftists’ are an embarassment to any person who can think, and has a left leaning bent.

    Dawkins reply to KPFA, which you can read at Coyne’s site is a wonderful example of a good writer’s reply to insidious twaddle. Understated, mocking and showing the glaring hypocracy committed by an ‘open’ veniew, when it actually closes free speech.

    Supposedly Dawkins said Islamaphobic things; nonsense. It’s true, he attacked the fundamental side of the faith, pointed out the glaring mysogyny, and asked why should Chritianity and Judaism be exposed to criticism, yet Islam remain off limits?

    J-Mac @1,

    yes, this is an example of Dawkins attacking a religion he loathes. But as NEWS @2 correctly points out (and we can add Judaism), Christianity is made of sterner stuff than childish Islam, which sees a slight at the most trivial of observations: ‘why is the testimony of a woman worth half that of a man’s, as stated in the Koran?’ “Islamaphobe!!??”

    No! I genuinely want to know why a female of the human species facultie’s, and senses, are less observant than a male’s?

    There are many Liberals (me among them) who strongly support the right, UD, and other Conservative organisations when they point out that the ‘regressive left’ are an embarassment, childish, and with zero understanding of the term, ‘Free Speech’.

  4. 4
    J-Mac says:

    Some may consider Dawkins’ speech as hate speech…although the radio station was being careful not to use the term in their cancellation statement…

  5. 5
    tribune7 says:

    –I wish Donald Trump would invite everyone who has been dumped from Berkeley by the censorious scolds who are fronting the Naphthalene Snowflakes to say their piece on the White House lawn, all expenses paid–

    Dittos to that.

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