The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016.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 organizations.
Allow me to find a collection of gifs that properly express my reaction:
And this is my expression every time I think of the Dawkins Fanboyz who must be having absolute conniptions right now:
Oh, my darlings, I am utterly delighted to see a major conference take this shit seriously and shut down no less famous a fuckwad than Dawkins.
Now, some people may think that what Dawk did wasn’t all that bad. Some may think he deserves credit for removing that horrid tweet after he realized it wasn’t going to be tolerated. Those people need to proceed over to Skepchick and lay eyeballs upon the whole series of fuckery, which began with him tweeting a video containing a rape joke from an anti-feminist harasser, and continued with him deciding the woman targeted by that video deserved harassment. He removed that tweet due to the consequences to himself, folks, not her. He hasn’t suddenly developed a great big conscience. He remains the same asshole he has been for ages now.
And I couldn’t be more delighted to see him finally being shut down by a major conference for it.
Thank you, NECSS.