The end of skepticism is nigh

No, not really, but I guess it makes good click bait.

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?

Mostly just a rehash of the drama, but somewhat balanced.

I did like this part…

Penn Jillette says that he has distanced himself from the skeptic movement entirely; his quasi-affiliated party aside, he claims that he hasn’t had anything to do with TAM in four or five years — not because of pervasive sexism, but because of the increased sensitivity. “There started to be a sense in TAM that not all subjects can be discussed, and I just pulled myself out of it,” he said. The final straw came when his attempt to bring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone into the fold was met with resistance. “Some people were like, ‘Ooh, they use obscenity.’ If they don’t want Matt and Trey, I am out.”

Amongst the many scandals, bad behaviour and acrimony, I see nothing particularly new or uniquely awful in the skeptic/atheist movement… Except the skepticism and atheism. The splintering and schisms are part of how movements evolve. And as with evolution there is no perfect route to take, nor ultimate end product. Life is a negotiation.

Also…. Heroes are myth….beware of them. We embrace ideals at our peril. Reality is much richer anyway. Hope for the best… Plan for the other thing.

Quilliam Foundation – A Counter Extremism Think Tank

I just found out about this very worthy non profit called the Quilliam Foundation. The organization describes itself as: …the world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world. Quilliam stands for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy. … Continue reading

Anti-theism vs science

Whose side are you on? Antitheist or science? It might be an unfair question, but if you had to choose? The findings of the Flinders University study are supported by the research conducted at the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism, which was partly funded by the Defense … Continue reading

Jesus sucks

There really should be a rule or something about posting incriminating photos to facebook. Cause you know, it is the internet and the internet is an acrimony machine. A Pennsylvania teenager is facing criminal charges after posting pictures to Facebook of him simulating a sex act with a statue of … Continue reading

International Association of Free Thought

The International Association of Free Thought (IAFT) held its IVth congress in London, England on August 11th. David Rand. president of Atheist Freethinkers (AFT) and IAFT spokesperson has posted a brief report on the AFT website. Rand’s report focuses on the efforts of Christianity, in particular Roman Catholicism, to undermine … Continue reading

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