In which Richard Dawkins is disinvited by a Science and Skepticism conference:
Professor Richard Dawkins has had an invitation to speak at a science event withdrawn by organisers for sharing a “highly offensive” video mocking feminists on Twitter.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“The NECSS has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016.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
Please. They believe in freedom of speech and the freedom to express offensive views about as strongly as they believe in God, the Resurrection, and the Holy Virgin.