Anyone who has followed the free-speech wars in America over recent years will know that by now, basically, nobody can speak anywhere…
Ghastly but true. And to think this is now widely understood to be in international circle. America – land of the free and home of the brave — crippled and shackled by sharia.
Richard Dawkins criticizes Judaism, Christianity, and all religions, and the left applauds. But when he criticizes the most violent and misogynistic belief system on the face of the earth, that crosses the line as far as the left is concerned. And so “progressive” KPFA joins the other cowards and subversives in the U.S. who are submitting to sharia blasphemy laws.
“Atheist’s Speech At Christian Church Cancelled Because He Has Condemned Islamic Violence”, Daily Caller, July 22, 2017:
A progressive radio station in Berkeley, California has cancelled a scheduled appearance by Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and atheist, because he has previously criticized fundamentalist Islam as oppressive to women and generally violent.
The appearance by Dawkins had been scheduled for Aug. 9 at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley.
Listen up! Richard Dawkins will be in the San Francisco Bay area on Aug 8th. Don’t miss this one-time event: https://t.co/wXdPCAnKXq pic.twitter.com/hC4Oh7hv2R — Richard Dawkins FDN (@rdfrs) July 12, 2017
The radio station, KPFA, had invited Dawkins to the United Church of Christ-affiliated church to discuss his new latest book, “Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.”
KPFA had described the 76-year-old British scientist’s new book as “excellent,” according to Berkeleyside, a local news website.
However, on Thursday, the listener-funded progressive radio station — 94.1 on your FM dial — rescinded its speaking invitation to Dawkins because of some tweets and statements the atheist scientist has issued which have been critical of Muslims he describes as militant and radical.
“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 told ticket buyers in the email.
“KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech,” the email also said. “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.”
University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne published the email and said KPFA sent it without ever informing Dawkins that was no longer invited to speak.
Coyne called the cancellation “a terrible blow for free speech.”
“I’m sure that some of the Perpetually Offended, with perhaps Muslims among them, complained to the radio station, and KPFA caved,” Coyne charged.
When Dawkins found out his speech had been canceled, the militant atheist fired back with a statement of his own.
“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 said in a statement released on Friday by the Center for Inquiry.
“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 also said……
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