I don’t know how many have been paying attention, but david Silverman is trying to make a comeback of sorts – attempting to resuscitate his career in atheism, I guess. I don’;t know exactly why, because during the worst times of the schism, he was relatively silent. In fact, if anything he supported the tactics of what is now referred to those considered woke. I first noticed when he did this long, extremely cringeworthy interview recently with Atheist Republic. I could only get to the one-hour point, although I did go back and attempt to watch more. I believe everyone should have a chance, a voice, especially when they’re trying to resore a reputation that may have been damaged by false accusations.
I think it was this tweet though that set me off a bit, and after some days thinking about it, I’ve decided to respond here, for the most part. Here’s the contents of the tweet itself:
Also on the subject of #internationalblasphemyday Fuck also the religion of Wokeness. Women can lie about sexual assault, men have legitimate things to say about feminism, deplatforming is anti skepticism, and reveling in someone’s destruction is disgusting and anti- humanist.
As others have chimed in, like my friend David Osorio, too bad he waited until now to recognize the damage that was done to atheism and skepticism, at least in the United States, under his purview as president of American Atheists. Now that he has been accused of improprieties and essentially deplatformed, he seems to now “see the light”. Funny that.
Remember, when all the problems started concerning sexual harassment and atheist and skrtic conference, how organizers made attendees sign a pledge to not sexually harass other attendees? American Atheists was one of the first to implement this. I personally thought all of this was silly, and it was implemented, across the board, because of a few runors by a few of those same woke people that Silverman used to laud. Although I had never (and still haven’t) been to a conference, I knew of people who did regularly attend one or two of these a year and none had ever heard, while at a conference, of any issues. Of course, that doesn’t mean there weren’t, but it does appear to be a bit of an over reaction to a problem that may not have actually existed.
Even so, Silverman was very aware of all of this and should never have placed himself in any situation that may be interpreted otherwise. He was reckless. Note in the interview, he doesn’t deny the allegations, just the context. Seriously. That he now finds the same crowd he vocally supported in the past for reveling in someone’s destruction (his), as disgusting is not surprising so much as it is a disappointment that he never recognized this before. The woke, social justice crowd always eventually eat their own and for him to even think that somehow he wouldn’t be vulnerable to the same is well, someone walking around living in some sort of bubble.
I don’t have a problem with second chances. I do have a problem with those that have no concept of self realization and that sometimes, the monster you helped to create, may come back and bite you.