There’s an article thats being discussed on Twitter that is raising some eyebrows and people with what I would observe as reasonable are asking questions about.
The article, Atheists Show their Sexist Side is clearly written as a “hit piece” on what is referred to as a sexist tantrum amongst atheists. So where’s the evidence of this tantrum?
Now, just looking at the title of this piece wouldn’t give anyone pause, would it? Is there anything in the article that would justify that title? No, not really. It appears the only reseach this writer performed was to read other hit pieces.
The reason I say that is the author discusses another hit piece, by Mark Oppenheimer in Buzzfeed that describes some accusations made against some prominent atheists of, yep – rape, sexual harassment, etc. In fact, her article seems to be based entirely on his.
But then, we can take Buzzfeed as a reputable publication; They bring us articles that are timely and important to our daily lives, like How Many Boners Have You Had?
We all need to know that, don’t we?
Here’s a key part of the Nation article that really made me sit back:
At the 2013 Women in Secularism conference, Ron Lindsay, CEO of the Center for Inquiry, gave what was widely regarded as a condescending lecture to the women in attendance, accusing them of feminist bullying. (After a huge outcry, he apologized. That was good.)
No, actually the talk (it was the opening speech by the way) that Ron Lindsay gave was not “widely regarded as condescending”. It was a few radical feminists that objected to an “old, white man” giving the opening talk. Forget that he’s the CEO of the organization that was sponsoring the conference.
No, he didn’t “apologize” either. There was no “huge outcry”. He clarified his talk, and yes, some took that as an apology, but that didn’t then nor does it now exist as an apology.
So, just using that as an example, we can see where this writer has absolutely no reason to offer what she wrote as a fact. None.
Of course, the comments on that article have already been closed, before one comment could be published. I wonder why? May this is a clue:
Yep, anyone that happens to disagree must be a troll or harasser! It only makes sense of course if you live in some alternate universe. then, if someone writes a piece like this that they can’t back up except to reference another hit piece, why shouldn’t that writer have to defend what they wrote?
No, this is not the way. We need to be able to make accusations and spread rumors and not just imply sexism among atheists, but state it outright. How else are we going to receive any readership?