This is symbolically big.  According to the e-mail the progressive radio station KPFA, the event’s sponsor, sent out explainint its decision:
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 apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier.
Ladies and gentlemen, the vanguard of Progressivism.
It is interesting to know that in the eyes of progressives like these, some religions are more worthy of consideration than others. Islam, generally speaking, is vastly more illiberal than Christianity. Somehow, though, Islam falls under the protecting veil of progressivism.
Mind you, I haven’t seen Dawkins’s tweets on Islam, but based on some of his past tweets about Christianity, I would not be surprised if he were bigoted against Islam. But then, Dawkins hates all religion, so at least he’s consistent. Anyway, in no way should Dawkins be silenced. Let him speak his mind, and let us meet him with better arguments.
It is interesting that a Berkeley church agreed to host one of the world’s best-known atheist abusers of Christianity. Within another decade or two, that church building will probably be turned into condos.
Is there a place in the US less open to free speech than the San Francisco Bay Area? Serious question. Richard Dawkins could come speak in Baton Rouge, where I live, and get a respectful hearing — even here in the heart of Trumpsylvania. But not Berkeley. What does that tell you?