Free Speech at Berkeley


Oxford professor Richard Dawkins has been a guest of KPFA radio in Berkeley, California, in the recent past. Now he is persona non grata. Dawkins has been uninvited to an appearance scheduled for August 9 because his "abusive speech" has "offended and hurt" religious believers. Dawkins has responded with a sharp rebuke. "I would seriously—I mean it—like to hear what examples of my 'abusive speech' you had in mind.  When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology, which I will of course accept in a spirit of gratitude for what KPFA once was." At 76, Dawkins is old enough to remember Berkeley circa 1964.  He shouldn't hold his breath waiting for an apology in 2017.