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Tue Jul 25, 2017, 08:50 AM

 

Richard Dawkins event cancelled over his 'abusive speech against Islam' (Berkeley, CA)

From the article:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/24/richard-dawkins-event-cancelled-over-his-abusive-speech-against-islam

Richard Dawkins has denied using “abusive speech against Islam” after a California radio station cancelled a book event with the scientist, citing his comments on Islam, which it said had “offended and hurt … so many people”.

Dawkins, whose bestselling study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time by the Royal Society last week, was lined up to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event hosted by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio in August.

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Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, adding that while he has called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam.

“I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised 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,” wrote the author in his response. “I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”

He called on the radio station to find examples of abuse, and said that when it “fail[ed] to discover any”, he would expect a public apology.


Dawkins has been a staunch critic of all religion but is being censored here only for his criticism of Islam? This is what is appears.

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superpatriotman Jul 2017 #1
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Brother Buzz Jul 2017 #6
rusty fender Jul 2017 #3
EL34x4 Jul 2017 #4
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Response to EL34x4 (Original post)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 08:59 AM

1. This seems unwise

And majorly hypocritical.

Enough religion defending. None of them deserve to be coddled. None.

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Response to superpatriotman (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 12:16 PM

2. Yes, I'll be curious if the radio station clarifies their position (n/t)

 

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Response to EL34x4 (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 02:41 PM

6. KPFA's Statement on Cancellation of Richard Dawkins Event

KPFA cancelled a book event with Richard Dawkins when members of our community brought our attention to Dawkins’ abusive speech against Muslims. The speech we reviewed included assertions during his current book tour that Islam is the “most evil” of world religions, Twitter posts denigrating Muslim scholars as non-scholars and other tweets.

We serve a broad and diverse community, including many Muslims living under threat of persecution and violence in the current political context. Islamophobic rhetoric stokes that threat. While Mr. Dawkins has every right to express his views, KPFA has every right not to sponsor and profit from an event spreading them. That is what we’ve done.

KPFA’s events organizers notified Mr. Dawkins’ publicist at Random House when we first started considering cancellation of his event, and again once we made the final decision to do so, which was before notice was sent out to ticket holders.

We have since extended an offer to Mr. Dawkins to discuss this matter on KPFA’s airwaves, a forum where his assertions can be engaged and challenged, but KPFA will have no financial stake in promoting them. He has not yet responded.


https://kpfa.org/blog/statement-decision-cancel-richard-dawkins-event/

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Response to EL34x4 (Original post)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 01:48 PM

3. All religions are inherently stupid,

and 99.9% are vile so none should get a "pass"

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 01:59 PM

4. Dawson would agree with you.

 

But he's only sanctioned for criticizing Islam.

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Response to EL34x4 (Original post)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 02:32 PM

5. He is right to criticize all religions.

How people are fooled into believing these fairytales (often for their entire life) is perplexing.

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