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  •  Why are you calling them bigoted? (0+ / 0-)

    I don't see this as bigoted. Maybe it is just the wrong venue to sponsor Dawkins. I mean, is there no right to privacy at all? Should we force Jewish Synagogues to sponsor Jews For Jesus to speak to their congregation about accepting Jesus as the messiah? Planned Parenthood to sponsor antiabortion groups? The Democratic club to sponsor John Birchers?
    Dawkins has plenty of opportunities to speak all over the place, appear on the radio and tv and publish whatever he wants.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 03:18:42 PM PDT

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    •  You should stop commenting (5+ / 0-)

      Until you've had a chance to read the diary again.  

      No offense, but you're overly agitated about a phantom issue.

    •  They rent their facility to the public. Yet, (5+ / 0-)
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      they see fit to breech a contract with a customer when they discover that the customer is going to have an athiest for a speaker. The only reason not to call them bigoted is because it is ok to discriminate against athiests, replace athiest with Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Methodist or whatever, and everybody would agree that it is bigotry.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 03:51:44 PM PDT

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    •  False equivalences (0+ / 0-)
      I mean, is there no right to privacy at all? Should we force Jewish Synagogues to sponsor Jews For Jesus to speak to their congregation about accepting Jesus as the messiah? Planned Parenthood to sponsor antiabortion groups? The Democratic club to sponsor John Birchers?
      The country club did not "sponsor" Dawkins, they rented their space to someone that paid him to speak at their public event and the country club has legal obligations under that arrangement that they violated.

      What would be your reaction to the same story where a country club rented their space to a group for a public event but then reneged on the arrangement once they found out that a Rabbi was speaking at the event, which offended the Christian sensibilities of the country club's owners?

      Or where the city rented space to a group for a public event but then reneged on the arrangement once they found out that a Rabbi was speaking at the event, which offended the Christian sensibilities of the city council?

      Both of those are analogs of what the diary depicts wheres your characterization is not.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 08:05:27 AM PDT

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