Richard Dawkins has targeted yet another "sensitive" group -- this time feminists -- for condemnation. The outspoken professor posted a video on his Twitter account that depicts the similarities between feminists and Islamists.
The "highly offensive" video drew the the ire of organizers at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism so much that they actually rescinded their speaking invitation to the renown professor. The Independent reports:
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“The NECSS has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016.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.”
The video in question, “Feminists Love Islamists” was shared by Dawkins on Thursday, alongside the explainer: “Obviously doesn’t apply to vast majority of feminists, among whom I count myself. But the minority are pernicious.”. Dawkins later deleted the tweet but the NECSS shared a screengrab of it.
The video compares Islamists to feminists and depicts two characters singing about the things they have in common. The post was deleted by Dawkins after he learned that the feminist featured in the video was based on a real-life person who had been “threatened with violence," according to the Independent.
We have posted the video above for you to judge. How alleged "scientists" at the NECSS could weigh this in relation to Dawkins' scientific contribution at their upcoming conference defies logic. The fact that Dawkins' speaking engagement has been canceled is yet another display of capitulation by members of academia. As usual, speech is always fine with them as long as it appeals to their own likes and sensibilities.