Uphold Richard Dawkins' Invitation to Trinity College Dublin

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The College Historical Society of Trinity College, Dublin – known as the Hist – recently disinvited Prof Richard Dawkins from speaking at the Society. Their Auditor issued a statement on Instagram citing his “opinions on Islam and sexual assault” and apologising for having invited him.

Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term “meme”. Outside of his scientific background, Dawkins is one of the most prominent liberal thinkers - well-known for his opposition to the invasion of Iraq, the official status of the British monarchy, and blasphemy laws - Christian or Islamic.

The Hist has provided a forum for a diverse - and often controversial - variety of topics since its founding at the height of the enlightenment in 1770. However, its newest committee have so far failed to uphold the intellectual freedom the Society is so renowned for - choosing instead to cave into the pressures of political correctness. As part of this trend, a pro-BLM statement was made earlier this year to apologise for providing a platform to Nigel Farage in 2018. This unwillingness to protect the free exchange of ideas is at the convenience of a select few - who would rather see themselves as virtuous for not allowing controversy, then facilitate much-needed discourse.

We ask for the Society's Auditor, Brid O’Donnell to uphold the words of past member, Oscar Wilde:

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself”.