Famed Atheist Richard Dawkins Defends Trump’s Twitter Ban Despite Being A Free Speech Advocate

Famed Atheist Richard Dawkins Defends Trump’s Twitter Ban Despite Being A Free Speech Advocate


Though famed atheist Richard Dawkins has often criticized political correctness and advocated for free speech, he ultimately supported Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump from its platform.

In a tweet over the weekend, Dawkins said that the ban should not be considered a “worrying free speech” issue because Trump was inciting violence.

“Is Twitter’s ban of Trump a worrying Free Speech issue? On reflection I think not because (a) Trump went far beyond expression of opinion (which should be protected) to outright lies, demonstrable falsehoods. Falsehoods, moreover which were calculated to (b) incite violence,” he tweeted.

Is Twitter’s ban of Trump a worrying Free Speech issue? On reflection I think not because

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(a) Trump went far beyond expression of opinion (which should be protected) to outright lies, demonstrable falsehoods. Falsehoods, moreover which were calculated to

(b) incite violence.

— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) January 9, 2021

In another tweet, Dawkins cited an article from CJR columnist

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