“Politics is downstream from culture,” Andrew Breitbart observed, and the same is true of law. Criminal prosecutions for “hate Tweets” do not come from out of nowhere. When you passively accept censorship within the private sector, censorship becomes part of the culture. Law is downstream from culture, Breitbart might have added.
Richard Dawkins is a liberal atheists feminist, as he’ll often say, in a, “But I’m a good boy!” tone of voice. His credentials were not enough to save him from being fired from a speaking gig. His offense?
He linked to this corny video comparing feminism to radical Islam.
Readers are split. Some of you think this video is hilarious, others do not.
Whatever you think, the video isn’t remotely “hate speech,” whatever that stupid word means these days.
The woman in the video being caricatured is Big Red – a woman who gained fame for acts of vandalism and violence during a protest in Canada.
Dawkins was told – and apparently believed, that posting a video critical of Big Red would incite others to commit acts of violence against her.
Tweeting a link to a video was enough to get Dawkins fired.
Dawkins has lost one speaking gig already.
The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016.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 organizations.
We will issue a full refund to any NECSS attendee who wishes to cancel their registration due to this announcement. The NECSS Team
Yes, NECSS believes strongly in free speech – so strongly that it fired a man for posting a link to a YouTube video.
Now Dawkins did make a major mistake. He deleted the Tweet linking to the video and apologized before he was fired. If he had read SJWs Always Lie, Dawkins would have realized that he showed weakness.
Dawkins is a moderate, and there are no room for moderates.
You’re either expressly anti-SJW, or you’re going to be swallowed up by the SJWs.
Some ask why I am “extreme.”
Add Dawkins’ name to the list of very nice men who are losing their income for not bowing down to zealots. I’ll remain Full Gorilla.
Dawkins is a genius, though he’s unwise to the ways of the world. He needs to read SJWs Always Lie and Danger & Play to understand the screwed up world we live in.