Atheist Richard Dawkins snubbed by Detroit area country club
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Added: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:53:09 UTC
Richard Dawkins is an atheist.
Note from Sean Faircloth: "shunned" was the original suggestion but they changed it to the more accurate "snubbed". -> update - I had posted this clarification but it wasn't really what Sean meant - for a clarification see his Facebook page - Originally the headline was that "RD slammed the country club" when it was actually the opposite of that - /Mike. Also it is a sign of bias that they ignore all the qualifications of Richard that were so prominent in our release.
One of the world's noted atheists says a Rochester Hills country club canceled his speaking engagement after learning about his views.
Richard Dawkins, a scientist from England who is known for his outspoken defense of atheism, planned to speak tonight at the Wyndgate Country Club at a fund-raising dinner for the Michigan branch of the Center for Inquiry -- a group that defends secularism.
But on Thursday, an official with the country club contacted the Center for Inquiry and canceled his appearance after finding out Dawkins is an atheist after watching him on "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News channel, said Dawkins and center officials.
"This is sheer bigotry," Dawkins said. "If the country club had said, 'I'm not having Dawkins speak because he's a Jew, or because he's black, or because he's gay,' they would never get away with it."
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