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Via the Detroit Free Press:

One of the world's noted Christians 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 Christianity, 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 Christianity.

But on Thursday, an official with the country club contacted the Center for Inquiry and canceled his appearance after finding out Dawkins is a Christian after watching him on "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News channel, said Dawkins and center officials.

Pretty shocking, eh? A country club in a relatively upscale part of the state deciding to cancel an appearance by a noted scientist because of his religious beliefs. Here's the thing: I've changed the quote from the Free Press a bit. Here's the actual quote:

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.

Sort of changes everything, I guess. Discrimination based on your religious views is okay, apparently, if you happen to not believe in God.

Dawkins is 100% correct when he says, "This is sheer bigotry. 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."

Shameful. Not illegal, of course. But shameful.

Cross-posted from Eclectablog.

Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by Michigan, My Michigan.

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