Many people across the globe consider a professor from England to be one of the most brilliant minds in the world. Renown scientist Richard Dawkins was scheduled to speak and sign his new children's book at a country club in Rochester Hills until they backed out following a controversial interview on FOX News.
(Click on the video player to see excerpts from that interview.)
Dawkins met us for an interview that was candid to say the least. We asked him if he is atheist.
"Of course I am, aren't you?" he responded.
"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," said Dawkins. "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."
"It really violates the basic principles of America, the principals of Jefferson and Madison," said Sean Faircloth with the Richard Dawkins Foundation. "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is probably the most revered piece of legislation in the 20th century, and it prohibits discrimination based on race or religious viewpoint. The proprietors of the Wyngate made clear their specific intent to discriminate based on religious viewpoint."
During a visit to the country club, we asked for a comment but never got a call back. The private club does, at times, open it's facilities for public events.
Dawkins' colleague at the foundation says the rejection of the professor for his differing views is wrong on many levels, and the book he just released is designed to teach kids about science and myths, not to discuss God and religion.
"Dr. Dawkins in his conversation with you was modest. There has been lists of the top 25 living geniuses, and he's on the list. He's published numerous books, incredible best sellers, to explain science to the public, so it's rather an affront, to reason in general, to shun him as they did."
The organization that worked with the professor and set up this appearance says that they plan to pursue legal action against the country club since a contract, according to them, was broken.
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