A country club in Rochester Hills, Michigan canceled a speaking engagement for Richard Dawkins, biologist and outspoken atheist, after club officials watched his interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (video below).
Dawkins was scheduled to speak at the country club and sign his new children’s book, 'The Magic of Reality.'
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On October 5, Dawkins defended his book from accusations by O’Reilly that it “mocked God.” During the interview, O’Reilly said that believing in a divine intelligence was necessary to understand the origin of life.
“If you believe in the teachings of Jesus, or Buddha, or someone like that who wants people to be peaceful and love each other, that is a good thing,” O’Reilly explained.
“But what does that have to do with the origin of the Moon?” Dawkins responded.
Dawkins told MyFoxDetroit.com: “It’s obviously an outrage that at the last minute when a contract has been signed, that the owner of a country club should cancel it on the basis of the philosophical views of a speaker. What’s even more extraordinary is that instead of reading the book himself or even opening it, apparently, he took the word of Bill O’Reilly.”