An event in Berkeley featuring Richard Dawkins has reportedly been canceled after organizers learned about his critical view of Islam.

According to Berkeleyside, the event in question was organized by progressive radio station KPFA.

Dawkins, a notorious atheist and harshly outspoken critic of all religions, was to appear on-stage and talk about his latest book ‘Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.’

Berkeleyside reports that KPFA sang praises for Dawkins and the book – until a number of his anti-Islam tweets came to their attention.

Subsequently, the outlet states, the station sent an email to all ticket buyers that read, “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.”

Putting the sheer insanity of the suggestion that one could know who Richard Dawkins is and not be aware of his hatred for Islam, it’s of course interesting that KPFA took offence with the author’s critique of Islam specifically.

Dawkins addressed that point in a statement.

“I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that,” the statement reads. “Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”

Listen to some of Richard Dawkins’ statements on Christianity below.

Dawkins’ statement goes on to call into question the notion that he has spoken about Islam in an “abusive” manner.

“You say I use ‘abusive speech’ about Islam,” it reads. “I would seriously – I mean it – like to hear what examples of my ‘abusive speech’ you had in mind. When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology.”

While no one involved in the matter has mentioned exactly what tweets provoked KPFA, Berkeleyside reports, “a perusal of Dawkins’ recent tweets shows that he comments often about Islam, but he also comments about other religions.”

“Dawkins has sent out tweets and made statements that are critical of extremist Muslims, the female genital mutilation practiced by some Muslim societies, and the requirement that women must wear burkas.”

Apparently that’s “abusive” to progressives.

The sheer insanity of the matter has not been lost on the Twitterverse.

Sources:
Berkeleyside
CenterForInquiry.net

  • I think it’s pretty funny how the radical Left has embraced a religion that would behead the lot of them.

    • Shhhhhhh…..Maybe they will move over there.

      • Quiet Desperation

        No they know exactly what they’re doing. It’s yet another case of this is for thee, but not for me.

        So where is my four wives

        • itstillanabomination

          Well sir, if you chose to have four husbands and you are a man, the left would die on the hill of tolerance for you. But you like woman? Such a neanderthal.

      • Fat chance. They are too lazy to go over there. They want the government to pay to bring them here so they can hug them…

    • Fantastan

      They hate themselves that much.

    • ranterator

      “But we like you”,SLICE
      “Can’t we all get along”, SLICE
      “But yours is the religion of peace”,SLICE
      “But we are atheist and don’t cause a problem for any religion”,SLICE

  • tz1

    Berkeleyside, or Berkeleycide? Where thoughts are killed

  • James Lipton

    “KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech.”

    So what makes free speech serious?

    • Leftist_Despiser

      LOL what the he’ll does that non statement even mean…serious free speech, y’all, as opposed to unserious free speech? 😀

      • Rob Patriot

        Pretty sure the Nazi’s are serious, does that mean their speech is protected? Does that mean that comedians don’t get free speech, because they’re not serious?

        For a company in the communication business, they sure could use a few courses on communicating clearly. Somehow, though, I think their intent was to be as opaque as possible and just release a statement of babble, so that the only people who could be offended were the ones with intelligence and ethics.

    • i_care_it

      Free speeches share the mainstream opinion, abusive speeches not, so they deserve to be forbidden. Like in North Korea.

  • anna

    Lol perfect example laid out bare for everyone to see this double standard.

    • EB

      No double standard. If you actually read The God Delusion you will see Christianity fares no better. I see in many of the comments here that that is overlooked as long as Islam is somehow picked out. Nearly all his arguments apply equally to all monotheistic delusions. As the politics here are all embracing ALL Republican values rather than a case by case issues I don’t suppose that will go down well. Chances are Dawkins has a position hated by Democrats and Republicans alike but loved by Independents.

      • Anthony Mxyzptlk

        EB – You missed the point. It is not Mr. Dawkins who has a double standard, it is KPFA.

        • EB

          Clarified.

      • anna

        You misunderstood my point, by double standard I mean that it’s okay to trash Christianity but considered taboo to say anything negative about Islam.

        • EB

          I had already covered your point in another comment.

  • Teknikid

    The left are composed of contradictory idiots who make selective outrage the order of every day.

    • ranterator

      The definition of an insane person that’s off their meds….

    • G Fresh

      Instead of selective outrage, they should be outraged at everything and anything?

  • Quiet Desperation

    This is why I don’t see Dawkins as a real enemy. He goes after the Muzzies a lot and he’s taken a lot of flak from the SJWs. It’s kind of how I respected Chris Hitchens even though he was a big socialist. Enemy of my enemy and all that. He also coined the word “meme” which is kind of cool.

  • EB

    I am confused. He has anti Christian views too yet the event was to be held at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Not cancelled because of his anti Christian views but because of anti Islam?? Go figure..

    • DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

      It was at a Christian church because Christians aren’t muslims. They are secure in their message and don’t need to go crazy when some one disagrees with it. I am a non-theist so I have no skin in this game, but the hypocrisy from this progressive radio station is just STUNNING!

  • EB

    I totally disagree with his stance on the British exit from the EU and his arrogant statements that the matter is too complex for the public to have even been allowed a vote. I would NOT attend his lecture on that basis, my choice.. Wouldn’t dream of cancelling his event because of my POV though. Surely in an Adult world everyone else can make their own choices too?

    • Jon Whitmore

      i voted for Brexit buy yet i am also a staunch Atheist, :S im stuck in a hard place as i cant hate the bloke but i cant love him either 🙂

    • ahj_2000

      What he said about Brexit has proven to be spot on!!! The experts were right!

  • January

    Dawkins is an atheists and is entitled to his belief or non-belief as I am entitled to my belief. I liked his question, “Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”. That’s the same question we have been asking all along. So it was ok for him to come and speak against Christianity but OMG, he’s going to also be speaking against Islam and they cancel his event. Way to go Liberals. You just showed, once again, your just a bunch of hypocrites.

    • G Fresh

      It’s a radio station. They’re listener funded. Seems likely to be a business decision.
      Since they get funded by listeners, it seems reasonable to not want to offend too many of them.
      Pretty much how a lot of businesses in the U.S. function.

      • CelticMarauder .

        Well, sure, but this being the United States, I’d imagine a lot more listeners are Christian than Muslim. Wouldn’t his anti-Christian views drive off more listeners than his anti-Islam views?

        • Michael

          Agree. The reason is that the small group who would be angered by his talk frighten those who work at the station. This is not about catering to an audience or protecting revenue- its about fear.

        • G Fresh

          Well, if they only recently realized he made anti Muslim posts, maybe they didn’t yet see anti Christian posts?

      • Suzanne

        G Fresh, no, they’re afraid of radical Islam. They’re afraid of being attacked. They have Islamophobia (fear of Islam) like most people do. They know that Christians and Jews won’t attack their studio. But they know Islamic terrorists will. This is how Islam takes over. People fear to criticize them.

        • ranterator

          But they would never attack a progressive liberal radio station…
          Well, not yet anyway.

        • Plumpkitters

          ill never be afraid to… Islam is like Feminism its Cancer and for most part every religion too

          • Texan Independence .

            Not every religion. Don’t lump us in with them.

            Christianity demonstrably brought peace, for example in taming various tribes. The Vikings for example, were on a warpath constantly killing and raping, until their conversions to Christianity (i.e. Guthred) brought peace. All of the world’s most violent groups were pagans (Aztecs, Vikings, Mongols). Islam is just closer to pagan faiths in that it encourages domination, revenge-taking, and things that men generally want to do deep down when not discouraged by a Judeo-Christian conscience.

            Do you really believe people obey the constructs of being “good” naturally? If we are just animals and there is no God, then there is no valid reason for us NOT to steal, rape, kill. Even if it’s simply for “Order”, then it would make sense for us to form tribes and crush the weak. Even slavery is perfectly logical within evolution: the weak serve the strong. It is only religious conscience that can oppose the concept.

            Or even as a nation. If there is no God, then America as the world’s superpower, should conquer, colonize, and seize all the world’s resources (or carve it up together with a few other powers), to enrich it’s own people.

            Compassion to the weak (i.e. weaker nations), is a Judeo-Christian concept, that has no place in Evolution: the strong take from the weak, the strong take several wives, the weak get none. Evolution demands the survival of the fittest, not welfare stealing from the strong to give to the weakest.

    • Steve O

      They’re a bunch of anti-Christian bigots. Just what is it within Islam that drives liberals to defend it anyway?

  • William Harkness

    I hate you but you cant hate me. i can spit on you but you cant spit on me. i can take your money but you cant take mine.

  • Rob Patriot

    “KPFA does not endorse FREE speech. While KPFA emphatically supports speech THAT WE AGREE WITH, we
    do not support TRUE speech. We apologize for not having A SPINE.” FIFY

  • CT

    Well it’s a progressive radio show, what do you expect? You can’t keep screaming “free speech!” because they DON’T support free speech! Progressivism is the most open movement there is, they don’t hide their agenda. They are obviously about women superiority, black superiority and Islamism. They do not care about men, white people or any other religion. They especially don’t care about free speech because, despite how disgusting their speech is, nobody tries to stop them. So they have no reason to be fighting for free speech because their speech isn’t being suppressed.

    • G Fresh

      You said “They are obviously about women superiority, black superiority and
      Islamism. They do not care about men, white people or any other
      religion.”.
      In my opinion, they’re general about EQUALITY. So, NOT “women superiority” or “black superiority”.
      It’s also my opinion that they’re generally for the freedom of religion or freedom from religion. So… equality for Christians, Atheists, Muslims, etc.
      NOT for the superiority of Muslims.
      They generally don’t want religious beliefs forced on people so…. they wouldn’t want Muslim beliefs forced on people either.
      Just because they’re not for SOME BRANCHES of Christianity forced on people, does not mean they’re against Christianity or for Islam.
      As for the free speech thing. It’s a radio station, a business. They are listener funded so…. they have a right to decide what to do as far as that goes.
      If this was the government making a decision, it would be a totally different story.
      It’s a business so they have a choice as far as what they’ll air and such.
      Is FOX “news” against free speech because they don’t let left wingers get up and talk on their for half the time?
      Please.

      • CT

        Well your opinion is wrong.

      • jimmyv65

        Actually fox has many liberals in their programming. But you won’t see conservatives on any liberal stations. Free speech to the left is as long as it’s the same as mine

      • DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

        Business decision? Umm, correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m certain you will TRY, but I’m thinking, baker, gay wedding…..”They have a RIGHT to decide what to do”? Is that what you think?

        The progressive movement is not about equality. They are about superiority. They assign VICTIM and PERP tags on the world at large and the VICTIMS “need” the progressives to speak for them, stand up for them. This action by KPFA is yet another proof. Anti-Christian, anti-Jewish is fine, anti-Islam is not permitted.

        I don’t watch Fox News, dear. One of the reasons is the shouting that results when the panels full of “left-wingers” disagree on any topic. Fox works at balanced, but at uncomfortable decibels for me. Julie Roginsky, Alan Combs, Bob Beckel(he left, but was replaced by Juan Williams). But I don’t watch it any longer, so I’m sure you can find a more current and complete list.

        You’ve listed a few untruths and a few half baked ideas. Study up, why don’t you, and come back when you have learned more about the world.

        Be well.

      • AlexCorvidae

        You are entitled to your opinion and the freedom to express it. However it is my opinion that you are misinformed, simply not paying attention, intentionally obtuse, or delusional. Feminism (in it’s current form) is about regret = rape, manspreading, and #KillAllMen or #KillAllWhiteMen. Please explain how that is generally about equality and not superiority? BLM seeks segregated dorms, shouts “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!”, blames racism for all their problems, and white people men in particular are all racist bigots, refuses to acknowledge that they are in fact a racist group, it is possible to be racist against whites, hell it’s encouraged and applauded. How is that about equality and not superiority or special privileged status. And then there is Islam. Linda Sarsour a “feminist” muslim woman called for a jihad against the President and our government speaking at a muslim event. They enforce archaic laws from their religion to be brutal to many of the groups that the progressives support such as homosexuals, and women. Which you think would make them the natural enemy of progressivism, an old outdated religion that preaches the blessed nature of killing infidels (pronounced innocents). But for whatever reason they defend Islam at every turn. There were recently a number of european incidents where someone in a van ran over innocent people. In the cases where it was a muslim who did the killing no one progressive would speak up against the religion. In the one case where is was a white person, that news was pushed to the forefront. A christian bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple and they got sued, muslims throw homosexuals off of rooftops and progressives say nothing. A doctor performs female genital mutilation in accordance with muslim culture, and nothing. How is that equality? I personally am all for equality for everyone. However, in order to be equal all these little groups need to realize they aren’t fucking special, just as everyone else isn’t special, they need to realize and accept that when they hear speech they don’t like, they can walk away. You can have a restaurant staffed by all latinos, all blacks, all asians. One staffed by only white people is discriminatory and racist. As for the radio station, it is their prerogative to cancel interviews and choose who they give airtime and an audience to. However in this instance, they didn’t research the personality and opinions of someone they sought an interview with before hand, and given the nature of the speaker and their choice to cancel his interview exposes a glaring hypocrisy.

  • True.Epic.Crusader

    Guys, this Berkley sh* t has to stop.
    What we need to do is invade the campus while wearing the most offensive T-Shirts we can get our hands on. It can feature muhammad cartoons, Trump, Pepe, White Lives Matter… doesn’t matter.
    Invade the place in large enough groups and if anyone starts violence, make sure to kick their ass throroughly (just don’ initiate).
    It’s gone far enough. Our ancestors died for our free speech and by accepting this nonsense, we are making it so that they died in vain.
    Time to destroy these turds.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      No fat chicks shirts lol.

    • G Fresh

      The event was going to be put on by a radio station, not the University. It was going to be held at a church, not the university.
      The radio is a business that is listener funded so it’s well within their rights to cancel the event.
      You said “Our ancestors died for our free speech and by accepting this nonsense, we are making it so that they died in vain.”
      It’s a business. So… you want to……. promote “freedom” by telling businesses what they can and can’t do?

      • G Fresh

        Did “our ancestors” die in vain because Fox “news” doesn’t allow left wingers to talk on there all day?
        They’re businesses.

        • jimmyv65

          Gfresh you keep going to fox news. You obviously don’t watch fox has liberals on their schedule. Nice try though. Now go back to your indoctrination class

      • True.Epic.Crusader

        So you’re telling me there’s never been any problem with free speech at Berkley, right? Riots, harrassment, cancelations, nope. Never happened.
        F* cking dipsh* t. The worst kind, too- dip sh* t who thinks they’re being a smartass. Pathetic.

      • DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

        Gay wedding? Cake? ” telling businesses what they can and can’t do?”

  • AlexCorvidae

    So now we aren’t just shutting down “hate” speech, we are also going after “hurtful” speech. I’m sure that will include those of the lgbt community who say hurtful things about christian beliefs, as it will include all the hurtful things said about President Trump, his family, his close associates, and those who support him. Also all the hurtful things said about Milo, and Anne Coulter, and all the other enemies of the left. But no, I forgot the left has two standards, one for each of their faces.

  • M&M

    wait so anyone can speak there without being checked. then after CAIR rags that that person hates Islam

  • Greggore

    The biggest threat to North America is the North American University!

    • G Fresh

      Not sure if this comment is in referral to the article but, it’s a radio station that cancelled the event and they’re basically a business so it seems within their rights.

      • Anthony Mxyzptlk

        This is what liberals don’t seem to understand. None of the conservatives posting here want to prohibit KPFA from controlling their scheduling or want the government to force KPFA to broadcast a certain number of hours per week of conservative dogma that KPFA people hate. They just want to criticize KPFA for refraining from criticizing Moslems who mutilate women’s bodies, fornicate with children, or throw gay men off buildings to watch them go splat on the pavement.
        ——————————————————–
        By contrast, many liberals want to force conservatives to do things they don’t want to do. A good example is Senator Feinstein’s proposed “fairness doctrine” a number of years ago, which would have forced conservative outlets to broadcast a prescribed percentage of liberal dogmas that were already being broadcast on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and PBA. Feinstein eventually abandoned it, but from time to time other liberals talk about reviving it. There has been less of that talk since Trump got elected . . .

        • G Fresh

          More Christians in the world perform female genital mutilation than Muslims do. Between the combination of Catholics and various Christian groups. Most of this OUTSIDE of the U.S., of course. I’d post a reference but I’ve heard it’s not o.k. to post links here.
          A lot of “Christians” still promote killing homosexuals too. Check out the Uganda anti homosexuality act. They originally were going to kill homosexuals but then changed it to life in prison. Christian country. U.S. “Christians” helped promote the law. Someone submitted a bill in California to kill all homosexuals recently too. A Christian. So… it’s not as if it’s only Muslims and some Christians don’t take part in that mentality as well.
          For the record, I’m not for killing homosexuals.
          I’m not sure if Australia still has it but they recently had a fairness doctrine. Not sure my opinion on it. Seems interesting having been told about it by some Australians. It’s different anyway.
          I was trying to point out that this event was a radio station event put on at a church NOT a university event.
          I guess I’m not supposed to post link but.. there is a Mother Jones article on female genital mutilation that’s called ”

          Female Genital Mutilation Is Not a Uniquely Muslim Problem”. It has statistics on religions that practice it and it’s most Christian and Catholic. I think their stats are from UNICEF but not positive.

          • G Fresh

            I think part of the reason there isn’t imprisonment and killing of homosexuals in the U.S. is because the U.S. is a secular country. If it was a Christian government, then who knows what would happen.
            As I said, Uganda had a law to kill homosexuals and it’s a Christian law and country. Catholic and Christian dominated country.

          • Lee Wro

            You are out of your damn mind. Equivocating modern Christianity with the vile ideology of islam is nothing more than being a jerk and trolling a conservative site. That, or you’re so woefully ignorant of the world and human history you shouldn’t be allowed out of the house without a helmet and a keeper.

  • Ray Johnston

    This is the bloke who wrote ‘The God Delusion’. Really ! And he doesn’t realize that Leftism is a religion ( with faithful followers). Really !! Why, oh why, is the most effing stupidest person in the room………….an intellectual !!

    • Hairatic Rick

      True, I find that many stupid people think that they are intellectual HA???? .here let me give you a little help … Here is Dr, Dawkins comparing feminist with Islam.

      “Dear Muslima

      Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and … yawn … don’t tell me yet again, I know you aren’t allowed to drive a car, and you can’t leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you’ll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.

      Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep”chick”, and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn’t lay a finger on her, but even so …

      And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.

      Richard Dawkins

  • vladtheimpaler2

    These atheists are not the enemy of America. They’ve been criticizing Islam for some time now. Leftist SJW Chomsky suckers hate level headed Atheists.

    • Hairatic Rick

      Wow, thank you! If it comes to a war between Christians and Islam … The Christians will have this Liberal atheist’s guns and expertise!

  • Dom Nom Lom

    Dawkins is a Dud anyway. Who cares? Compare his thinking capacity to someone like Jordan Peterson, and you’ll quickly see that Richard is a shallow philosopher and lazy thinker.

  • G Fresh

    KPFA is a radio station so their decision may be more of a business decision than a decision to stifle free speech.
    They are funded by their listeners so they probably don’t want to offend too many of them so they can continue to get their funding.
    I’m not sure if this comment will be approved as they seem to only approve comments that go along with their articles.
    This is a business decision. It seems reasonable for a business to do what is in their best interest, as long as it’s not unethical.

    • texas123

      I’m not sure if this comment will be approved as they seem to only approve comments that go along with their articles.

      What universe have you been posting in??? This site won’t let you post links to other sites, as a lot of them won’t, but there’s no suppression of speech here (unless it’s profane language).

      • G Fresh

        I’ve tried to post comments on other pages on this site. Got a message that my comments were pending approval. The comments never got approval. That’s the universe I’ve been posting in. No profane language either.

        • AlexCorvidae

          If you include links in your posts they go for approval that never comes. I had a post today that registered as spam for some reason. Other than that I don’t see a reason your posts would be flagging for approval.

  • G Fresh

    If you all think that Fox news should let left wingers have their complete say for at least half the time on Fox “news”, then you can continue to talk.
    This is about a radio station that is listener funded.
    If you think they shouldn’t stop this event, you must also think Fox “news” should allow a bunch of left wingers on their to talk a lot of the time, to not prevent, “free speech”.

    • jimmyv65

      Fox does have liberals on their network. Juan williams, shep smith just off the top of my head. How many conservatives does this radio station employ?

    • AlexCorvidae

      Hell of a false equivalence you paint there. How does one interview at a radio station equate to half of all the content at Fox News? Also they agreed to/sought out an interview with this individual, and then canceled it. If Fox News sought out an interview with an individual and then canceled it based upon a double standard I would also call out their hypocrisy. People that are interested in hearing Mr. Dawkins or at the university level any Right leaning speaker, as well as those few who disagree with such views but believe in free speech are rightly calling out the hypocrisy of the reasoning of the canceling the interview. Nobody said that the station isn’t free to make those decisions. And respectfully, I can continue to talk whether you agree with me or not, as can you. I will not be silenced. I am so disgusted with all the mental midgets who do nothing but spew vitriol, silence opposition, and are incapable of examining a challenging thought or idea or point of view.

      • G Fresh

        It’s not an interview at a radio station. It was a speaking engagement at a church.
        The point is, if one is going to say a listener funded radio station should put on an event that may offend it’s listeners, you may as well say Fox “news” should put on things THEY don’t want to. It’s the same thing.

        • AlexCorvidae

          Thank you for correcting me on the nature of the engagement. I’m not saying that the radio station should put on the event. I’m questioning why Mr. Dawkins views about Islam are untenable and worthy of cancellation. When his equally negative views about Christianity were fine.

      • G Fresh

        You said “News sought out an interview with an individual and then canceled it
        based upon a double standard I would also call out their hypocrisy.”
        Fox “news”… is… a… business. It’s within their rights to not air a segment or have a guest if that’s what they want to do. Please don’t act as if they’re unbiased.
        I’m sure they don’t intentionally have guests or segments that will hurt their business and / or ratings.

        • AlexCorvidae

          Where did I ever speak about an absence of bias for Fox News? Also what’s the deal about Fox News that you mention it so much? You could say the things you are saying about CNN, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Vox, the Washington Post, Breitbart. Your comments still wouldn’t fit your point, but the comparison would still be equally “valid”. Nobody is arguing that the radio station is violating free speech, or at least I’m not. I’m aware that freedom of speech is primarily to do with the governments attempts to stifle speech, and that freedom of speech is not freedom to a platform to speak from. Again the point I’m concerned with is the deplatforming of a speaker for reasons that are hypocritical. In particular expressing negative views about Islam. Which is something that is happening with increasing frequency. This is another example, but it isn’t at all the only one.

      • G Fresh

        You said “People that are interested in hearing Mr. Dawkins or at the university
        level any Right leaning speaker, as well as those few who disagree with
        such views but believe in free speech are rightly calling out the
        hypocrisy of the reasoning of the canceling the interview.”
        Once again. I don’t think a lot of people complain that Fox is stifling free speech by not having a ton of people on their that don’t fit with their programming.
        This is a listener funded radio station so… cancelling an event that may harm the amount of funding they get is not unreasonable. Especially when they don’t make nearly as much as Fox “news” does.
        If this was something the GOVERNMENT was doing, then the “free speech” thing would be more of an issue.
        If a lot of people want to see him speak, someone else can probably book him and host him somewhere.

  • Michael

    This is simply fear. They are afraid of what Muslims will say and worse do if offended. This is not motivated to prevent islamaphobia. These are timid people protecting themselves not other timid people. These people are cowards- This is how free speech dies, at the hands of cowards.

  • Hairatic Rick

    I had the most delightful evening in conversation with Richard, BTW no mater how much wine he served me and we enjoyed he would prefer to not be called, Ricky, he is the greatest humanitarian I have ever met. He never attacked people, his vitriol was only for the religion and what it makes people do. Unlike Richard, I do hate some people: SJWs, progressive, Marxists, and feminist… I wish there was a hell they could burn in for all the pain they have placed on society. I’m a liberal, those benighted fools are not! I keep thinking that this was planed to destroy his health, the last time these Marxist deplatformed Richard he had a stroke.

  • Hairatic Rick

    I keep thinking that this was planed to destroy his health, the last time these Marxist deplatformed Richard he had a stroke.

  • Hairatic Rick

    Dr. Dawkins, and his wife, took part in the free speech movement at Berkeley University 1960s when he was a visiting professor, which got free speech in all American universities. And now and here this happens to him. What a way for such a great man to face the coming to an end of his life… Full circle. ????

    • SuffolkBoy

      I’m not sure you’re factually correct, though I agree with the sentiment. If I understand it correctly, he has been de-platformed by a radio station, not a university, which partly takes the edge off your point, as a private US radio station can presumably broadcast whatever the directors like.

      Speaking from the UK, I find it unpleasant that UK universities tend to de-platform a speaker, often under pressure from the students, if the speaker is dissenting from the campus culture of the day, which at present is left-of-centre. I hear even more alarming anecdotes of speakers at US universities being even more aggressively deplatformed, even on the basis of tweets, or remarks they made decades previously. Even with the internet now available, the SJWs must be consuming megagooglehours dredging up these historical comments, and then painting the banners, texting the disruptive plans, and haranguing the spineless university authorities into de-platforming speakers on “security grounds”.

      The most vociferous and effective opponents of free speech today are the very people who claim to be supporting it.

      • Hairatic Rick

        I love those who picks the nits. Ha! I will give your that Berkeley University and a Berkeley radio station are not the something, nevertheless, perhaps I could be forgiving for talking about Berkeley as a whole, inasmuch as, the protest were for a time forced off campus into the city of Berkeley. With that said, you did make some good points.

  • Phil Nice

    The modern left seems to have a real ideological problem with freedom, either from struggling to understand the concept or actually being against it (although few would admit the latter). The freedom to say innocuous things without content, that address no significant issue, that no one can disagree with (and thereby feel offended), is no freedom at all.

    • Harry Mareš

      Wake up! They are veiled communists! They will not stop until they rule everything you can think of!

      • Phil Nice

        I agree.

  • Typical Leftist cowardice.
    Typical Leftist double standards.
    They don’t care how they enable those that would kill them if Sharia law was to be instituted.

  • Michael Houston

    Classical liberalism – Voltaire, Tom Paine, J. S. Mill etc – science, logic and reason, skepticism, free speech.

    Postmodern left “liberalism” – Foucault, Derrida, the Frankfurt School of Marxism – cultural relativism, the cult of victimhood, free speech as long as you agree with what’s being said, hereditary and collective guilt, anti-science (it’s a tool of white male domination).

    • Today’s “Liberals” are just fascists/socialists/communists that have appropriated the label “Liberal” because they need to hide their true nature.
      That’s why they also label themselves “Progressives”.

      When in reality….CTRL-LEFT is really the appropriate label. They want to control what people say, do and think.

      • Michael Houston

        I find this level of intellectual incoherence very difficult to understand. They claim to be in favour of gay rights and women’s rights, yet they protect a religion which violates both in the worst ways imaginable. It’s pure Doublethink.

      • Kimmy3

        Love that label, CTRL-LEFT. May I use it?

  • Marine 2525

    The reason the MSM will not criticize Islam is because they are afraid to do so…..They will kill you.

  • Bruce Welty

    Dawkins’ lack of cohesiveness in his diatribes make trying to read his books a mental gymkhana. I had attempted to read the God Delusion for interaction with my younger daughter. She became incensed that I could blow holes in his works.

  • Sounds a bit about a student who was unable to understand Aristotle was misogynistic. “Aristotle is good, he can’t be”.

  • Wright Thinker

    I think a date for Ben Shapiro just opened up on the calendar!!! LOL

  • jonklement

    Richard Dawkins may be a fool, but he’s a CONSISTENT fool. He has a truly admirable integrity in his CONSISTENCY. He is against ALL religion. He is not like cognitively dissonant leftists who bash God and Christianity but love Allah and Islam. The left is offended by Richard Dawkins because he is what they are not…..CONSISTENT.

  • Candace Zingg

    Why is the Left protecting Islam? I seriously don’t get it. It’s the most oppressive religion.

    • GMAFB

      It is perplexing that they’d support a group of any kind that clearly hates women and gays. I think it’s because by nature they have to love things that conservatives oppose, despite facts and logical reasoning.

    • Magister Judah Pepewitz

      -And verily, the Muslims beseeched Allah, “O Lord Allah, reveal to us the best gift thou canst deliver, to aid us in conquering the non-believers for the sanctification of thy glorious name.”

      -Allah replied to the Muslims, “Behold! ‘Tis a weapon of great power that I deliver unto thee on this day. Not the sword or the bomb, the weapon that I shall deliver unto ye is called the Western liberal.”

  • artiefischel

    Because the racist progressives think all the Muslims are brown people, and all the Christians are white people.

  • Mark

    Of course Lot offered his two daughters. The Sodomites were queers. Lot knew they didn’t want or would take females. He wasn’t stupid. Lot knew the fags would NEVER take his daughters.

  • Dawkins is an angry, bitter man. His polemics against religion are well known even as he refuses to debate others on the issue who may present any significant challenge to him.

    However, he shouldn’t be de-platformed or censored at all. Let people who wish to see him join his audience or not. I wouldn’t spend the time or money to see him, but I’d never think to deny my neighbor the opportunity to go.

    The Left is IL-liberal and anti-American.

  • Flight Er Doc

    So it’s OK for hims to have views that insult and hurt people with Judeo-Christian values, but not the murderous gutter culture of the mussleman?

    • Magister Judah Pepewitz

      You have to develop thicker skin. I really don’t care about his views on Judeo-Christian stuff.

      We Jews and Christians are not freaks like Muslims who slaughter people for Muhammad cartoons. His views on the Judeo-Christian god are hilarious, we can laugh, its just a joke.

      • Flight Er Doc

        It’s the hypocrisy I can’t stand….

  • Ivan_in_Phoenix

    Leftists embrace and defends islam because it is also opposes Christians and Jews.

  • mikec711

    Those who marched at Berkeley in defense of free speech have to be face-palming right now.

  • Lightbox9

    A vile, obsessed and bitter man finally meets his match in people as vile, obsessed and bitter as he.

    • Magister Judah Pepewitz

      If you get so upset at Dawkins, you’re similar to an SJW.

      • Lightbox9

        I think you’re confused. For the most part, Granny Dawkins is an SJW and a virtue-signalling media whore. His version of democracy is to write articles calling for the impediment of the democratically-voted-for Brexit. Am I supposed to grieve for the fact that he’s getting a taste of his own medicine?

  • ranterator

    How does one have a hate comment about a whole religion based on hate?

  • Hairatic Rick

    Professor Dawkins’ book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named last week by the Royal Society as the most inspiring science book of all time. That beats the Bible and quran ????

  • Steve O

    “KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech.”
    –It will be interesting to see them maintain consistency with this policy in the future by not inviting any anti-Christian bigots to speak.

  • Ivan_in_Phoenix

    He’s anti Christian too so why hasn’t there been a problem before? Oh wait, I know the answer. He’s always been a hard core athiest.