I’ll join the chorus of atheists and secularists applauding Lawrence Krauss for taking a stand against gender segregation at a debate over Islam and atheism in London. Krauss was invited to the debate but when told that single men and women would not be allowed to sit together and women would be seated in the back, he refused to participate unless that was changed. He wrote on his Facebook page:
Almost walked out of IERA debate as it ended up segregated (single men and women not allowed to sit together). I had been promised that would not be the case, and then saw 3 really nice kids being ejected for sitting in wrong place. I packed up my bags and walked out. They caved in, and let the kids back, not without complaints of course from some of the attendees.
And a woman who was there caught part of it on video. Kudos to Krauss for taking a stand. It reminds me of a story that James Randi told a few years ago on my radio show. In the 50s and 60s, Randi refused to perform his magic act for audiences that were segregated by race, as many theaters did at the time. He had it in his contract that the audiences had to be integrated. When he performed at a theater in Florida, he found out during the first intermission that all the black people were forced to sit in the balcony, he walked out of the show and hopped on a bus back to New York.