Oxford biologist and world-renowned atheist Richard Dawkins just stepped in it again. His crime: retweeting a YouTube video that feminists found to be especially repugnant and offensive.
The Independent has the story:
Professor Richard Dawkins has had an invitation to speak at a science event withdrawn by organisers for sharing a "highly offensive" video mocking feminists on Twitter.
Dawkins was scheduled to speak at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism which will take place in New York City in May, but on Thursday organisers issued a statement concerning his participation.
“The NECSS has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016. We have taken this action in response to Dr. Dawkins’ approving re-tweet of a highly offensive video.
“We believe strongly in freedom of speech and freedom to express unpopular, and even offensive, views. However, unnecessarily divisive, counterproductive, and even hateful speech runs contrary to our mission and the environment we wish to foster at NECSS. The sentiments expressed in the video do not represent the values of NECSS or its sponsoring organisations.”
One cheers the organization’s ringing affirmation of free speech. And yet, one is obliged to note that it is a completely meaningless… when it is censoring Dawkins for retweeting—not quite the same as expressing—views it finds offensive.
One notes with chagrin, as one has often noted, that the feminist paradise of Sweden is among the most tolerant of sex crimes committed by Muslim men against Swedish women and that girl power reigns in Germany and Norway, places where Muslim men who rape women are more likely to be greeted with multicultural sensitivity than with prison time or expulsion.
If the NECSS were half as upset over the way women are routinely treated in the woman-run feminist paradises in Europe we would find their umbrage easier to swallow.
In truth, the group can invite or disinvite anyone it wants. But it is also clear that many forces in the culture will be more than happy to shut up and to shut down Dawkins and his ilk.
Finally, Dawkins summarized his view of the incident:
Dawkins later responded to his “de-platforming” of the NECSS conference: “De-platformed for tweeting an irrelevant joke song? Ah well, ‘Always look on the bright side of life.’ Incidentally, would Monty Python have been de-platformed for that? No, don’t be silly, Life of Brian was only satirising Christianity.”
Apparently, Dawkins, who has made a second career out of defaming religion, has just discovered that contemporary ideology is far worse than Christianity. Ideologues cannot even take a joke.
Naturally, I always try to avoid posting offending and offensive videos, but this time, in order to allow everyone to draw their own conclusions, I will post it. (Thanks to S.M. for sending it along.)