The Point: Eating Their Own

The snake of political correctness is eating its own tail. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

A “progressive” radio station in Berkley, California, has rescinded its invitation to atheist superstar Richard Dawkins to speak on the beauty of science. Why? Because Dawkins had “offended and hurt” people on Twitter.

They weren’t talking about the offensive title of his book, “The God Delusion,” or his slander of Christians. He was banned from Berkeley for his statements about Islam.

As Hemant Mehta noted at Patheos, Dawkins responded that his words actually “strongly condemned the misogyny, homophobia, and violence of Islamism, of which Muslims—particularly Muslim women—are the prime victims.”

Folks, everyone is at risk these days of tripping the PC alarm. It’s simple cowardice on the radio station’s part—perhaps a fear of protests or a loss of ratings. And when does it end? By the logic of political correctness, pretty soon on campuses and radio stations like the one in Berkley, the only thing folks will be listening to is silence.

I say, let Dawkins speak.


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  • Phoenix1977

    It probably has more to do with security issues. Google, for example, “Geert Wilders” combined with “Fitna”. You will find a short film compiled of quran verses combined with some of the Muhammed cartoons from Danmark’s “Jyllands-Posten” Newspaper. Because the international muslim community found his “film” (which is exactly more praise than the youtube clip deserves) so insulting and damaging for muslims Al-Quaida put a price on the Dutch politician’s head and he (with his wife) life with 24/7 protection in a secret location ever since.
    So I think Berkeley, after just recovering from the results of a visit by Milo Yiannopoulos last March, simply didn’t have the stomach for any more violence and destruction.

    • Scott

      “So I think Berkeley, after just recovering from the results of a visit by Milo Yiannopoulos last March, simply didn’t have the stomach for any more violence and destruction.”

      Fear of violence and destruction on a college campus just because people voice a differing view point? A sad state of affairs this is.

      • Phoenix1977

        Couldn’t agree more.

      • Steve

        Sad yes, but violence is a crime whereas free speech is not.

    • Steve

      So offended Muslims will respond with violence? Therefore, we should not offend them?
      But go right on and smear Christians because they will only pray for you.
      The results of the visit by Milo were threats of violence by the leftists opposed to him. So again, we capitulate to the violent ones. Not a good precedent.

      • Phoenix1977

        “But go right on and smear Christians because they will only pray for you.”
        I think you’d know by now from my experiences there are enough Christians who don’t only pray for you. Some are just as nasty as the “leftist” opposing Milo and Muslims. They just hide it better.