Trinity and Richard Dawkins: Better to debate ideas than to ban them

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to ‘disinvite’ prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a scheduled address sparked considerable controversy across social media and other platforms …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Scientist Richard Dawkins ditched: are university students stifling free speech?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the oldest university societies in the world. The College Historical Society – popularly known as the Hist – has been a feature of student life at Trinity College Dublin since 1747. It boasts about 10,000 members and has achieved a mild sort of celebrity outside of Trinity’s venerable grounds thanks to the controversial debates it has hosted over the years …” (more)

[John Meagher, Independent, 3 October]

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Trinity College Historical Society rescind Richard Dawkins invitation over author’s stance on Islam and sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Hist – or the College Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin – have rescinded their invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year. Bríd O’Donnell, auditor of the society confirmed they would not be moving ahead with the controversial author and speaker’s planned address, citing his stance on the religion of Islam and sexual assault as reasoning for their cancellation …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 29 September]

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Now they’ve No Platformed Richard Dawkins

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins was booked to address the College Historical Society (nicknamed the Hist) at Trinity College Dublin next year. But the society’s auditor has now announced that the invitation will be rescinded, citing Dawkins’ views on ‘Islam and sexual assault’ …” (more)

[spiked, 28 September]

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Giant’s Causeway: ‘Refreshing’ or ‘Baboonism’?

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“We’ve previously written about the creationist display at the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre — see Government Creationism in Northern Ireland. Today we found two articles that pretty much span the full spectrum of reactions. The first is from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom …” (more)

[The Sensuous Curmudgeon, 7 July]

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Richard Dawkins: Creationism at Giant’s Causeway ‘is intellectual baboonism’

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“The National Trust should not have buckled to pressure from the ‘intellectual baboons of young Earth creationism’, one of the world’s leading evolutionists has told the Belfast Telegraph …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 July]

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Dawkins slavery article becomes butt of jokes on Twitter

Posted in Life on February 19th, 2012 by steve

“Twitter users have been reacting strongly to an article in The Sunday Telegraph claiming that slavery is ‘at the root of the fortune’ of prominent theologian and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins …” (more)

[storyful, 19 February]

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Lenihan blasted for link to creationist

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2010 by steve

“Conor Lenihan has ‘no business’ being science minister if he supports the views of a controversial anti-evolution book, according to one of the world’s foremost critics of organised religion …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 19 September]

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