When one thinks of far-right fascist literally Hitler bigot-phobes, strident atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is not the first name that comes to mind.
But the ice floe of acceptable opinions is ever-shrinking on the far left, as nothing less than universal conformity to insanity is tolerated in liberal safe spaces. Atheists are expected to only really bash Christianity – the “white” religion – and then get on their collective knees in front with mouths agape in front of every other belief system, particularly Islam.
Despite being a virulent leftist, Dawkins has not conformed to this particular approach to religious criticism, and thus the following happened, according to Heat Street:
Despite interest from members of the public, who quickly started buying tickets to hear Dawkins speak, station chiefs decided that his views on Islam “hurt” other people and rescinded their invitation.
“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,” said KPFA to ticket buyers in an email explaining the cancellation.
One wonders if a mullah or radical hate preacher from Syria (or London) would have received the same treatment.
The author thinks not.
Dawkins is not taking this censorship lying down, however.
According to the article,
Following the cancellation, Dawkins published an open letter directed at the radio station, calling its accusations of him engaging in “abusive speech” against Islam “preposterous”.
He wrote: “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.
“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.”
It’s good to see even the most hardened liberal intellectuals take a stand against both the restriction of free speech and the oppressive wave of a dangerous foreign ideology pouring into enlightened Western culture.