Richard Dawkins has been known to be an aggressive spokesperson against Christianity, which has angered many in the U.S. However, Dawkins made it clear this week that he opposes all religion, and doesn’t discriminate.
So, when a radio station cancelled an interview that was a part of his book tour because he had posted ‘hurtful’ things against Islam, Dawkins called them out.
Dawkins’ critics had found a 2013 tweet in which the writer described Islam as “the greatest force for evil in the world today.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Dawkins himself has hit back, saying his issue is with Islamism, and pointing out that he has never been barred from events because of his criticism of Christianity.
A statement from KPFA said: ‘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 apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.’
In an open letter, Dawkins responded to the radio station: ‘If you had consulted me, or if you had done even rudimentary fact-checking, you would have concluded that I have never used abusive speech against Islam.
‘I have called IslamISM “vile” but surely you, of all people, understand that Islamism is not the same as Islam.
Dawkins ended by saying:
“Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women. I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that.”
“Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”