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Richard Dawkins has been deplatformed (Fun)
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Richard Dawkins was supposed to speak at an event in Berkeley on August 9 to talk about his new book: Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Atheist. And unfortunately this talk has been canceled

You may be asking why this could be, well the reason is obvious if you just simply look where it was going to take place. The talk was going to be sponsored by a Berkeley radio station, KPFA, and they made this announcement, but didn’t even inform Richard before canceling the event. Through the ticketing agency, Brown Paper Tickets, KPFA sent out this email with their 'reasoning':

From: Brown Paper Tickets 
Date: July 20, 2017 at 2:04:53 PM PDT
Subject: Notification for Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Dear Richard Dawkins event ticket buyers,
We regret to inform you that KPFA has canceled our event with Richard 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.  We also apologize to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation. Your ticket purchases will automatically be refunded by Brown Paper Tickets.
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

I find the idea that you had never seen his tweets where he "Offended and hurt" people very unlikely, and if it's true, why are KPFA so uninformed about their guests?

Richard Dawkins was also interviewed about this and he expresses his views on the deplatforming
Skip to 0:54 if you are in a hurry.

It's sad really, and I have to agree with Jerry Coyne when he say this is a "Terrible blow for free speech." I have listened to many of Dawkins talks before and he has never received such backlash as he has for criticizing Islam. The fact people have refused to let him speak for doing what he has done to every other religion is ridiculous. I really wish people would simply let the man talk. If someone wants to praise Islam, and he claims that it's the best religion out there, and it's a religion of peace, et cetera, et cetera, then I say let him. I want people to be able to speak, I want discussion. This is how the truth is found, from one person bringing up one point, someone else bringing up another point, and people debating about it, not people bringing up their points and then one is shunned and not allowed to speak. I say, let intellectuals speak, let idiots speak, and let what they say stand on their own merits, and face the criticism.

I don't really care what your religious beliefs are, but I think any rational person, who supports free speech would be in favour of letting Dawkins speak.

Sorry for rambling there, but I really just wanted to get this out there. I'll have a bit less serious article posted later. Well, ladies and gentlemen I hope that you will think about what I said, and what has happened. I'm just glad I'm in Canada, where this stuff doesn't happen... Oh wait, I forgot M-103 and C-16 are a thing.

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