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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Banned in Berkeley

For John, BLUF"De-Platformed" is when a speaker is "dis-invited",  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Not the University, this time (this was, after all, The First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Street).

This is from The College Fix and Associate Editor Greg Piper, on 21 July 2017.

And, it is about noted biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins.  And here is the sum of it:

Then the station learned about his tweets critical of Islam and cancelled the Aug. 9 event.

University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne posted the email KPFA sent through the ticketing agency announcing the cancellation – before it informed Dawkins:

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.

I would say radio station KPFA is both cluessless and extremely impolite.  Franky, embarrasing.  Sadly, KPFA is "the first [Progressive] Pacifica station and remains the flagship station of the Pacifica Radio Network".  I hope Reporter Amy Goodman is embarrassed at this turn of events.

It seems Mr Richard Dawkins is clear to say that Christianity is all rubbish, but if he says that about Islam he is a terrible person.  Progressives had better get their heads screwed on correctly or they will find them severed at the neck.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit, via The American Conservative ("Richard Dawkins Now A Heretic To Progressives", Written by Mr Rod Dreher, 21 July 2017).

Regards  —  Cliff

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