Radio Station Calls Off Event With Richard Dawkins

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

The best-selling author had been due to address an event hosted by KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California, to speak about his memoir "Brief Candle in the Dark.' Tickets were snapped up ahead of the planned talk on August 9 - but the radio station cancelled the event this week, claiming it had recently discovered that Dawkins" comments about Islam had upset people.

A USA radio station has cancelled Richard Dawkin's talk over his anti-Islam tweets, reported The Independent.

"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 stated in an email to ticket-buyers.

The station, which is not affiliated with the University of California, said in a letter - which Mr Dawkins published online - that it does not support "hurtful" or "abusive speech". While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech.

It also apologised "for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier". "Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?"

Nick asked: "It's not necessarily helpful, is it, to describe Islam, not Islamism I make the point, as the "greatest form of evil today"?"

'I have criticised the ridiculous pseudoscientific claims made by Islamic apologists ("the sun sets in a marsh" etc), and the opposition of Islamic " scholars" to evolution and other scientific truths'.

'I have indeed strongly condemned the misogyny, homophobia, and violence of Islamism, of which Muslims - particularly Muslim women - are the prime victims.

He also pointed out that he has been a "frequent critic of Christianity but have never been de-platformed for that". I have called IslamISM "vile" but surely you, of all people, understand that Islamism is not the same as Islam. "He has criticised doctrines of Islam, together with doctrines of other religions, but criticism is not "abuse", said Pinker.

KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack.

According to Dawkins' statement, KFPA did not inform him before canceling his event.

The New York Times reported that Muslim organizations urged the radio station to call off the event.

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