An atheist has reported:
1. Michael Shermer (Skeptic magazine) accused of serial rape (from report by FTB/A+ atheist PZ Myers)
2. Lawrence Krauss accused of sexual assault (from report of A+/FTB atheist Jen McCreight)
3. Editor of Skeptical Inquirer (SI) magazine Ben Radford
accused of sexual assault and stalking of skeptic writer Karen Stollznow
4. Bill Nye the science guy accused of sexual harassment by A+ atheists
5. DJ Grothe (JREF atheist) accused of misogyny by former JREF atheist Carrie Poppy as reported by FTB/A+ atheist PZ Myers
I try to keep UD family friendly, so I will only provide a link to an atheist discussion that summarized these breaking accusations. I cannot directly quote the link because it is full of vulgarity and there may be little precocious 10-year-olds reading UD. 🙄
The discussion highlights that atheists are accusing other atheists of certain misdeeds. I’m not taking sides, but which ever side is right, this cannot be a good thing for a community that presents itself as prophets leading us to the promised land of an atheistic utopia. I have many atheist friends, in an ironic sort of way some atheist writing led me to Christianity (I have a great love of Bertran Russell’s writings, for example).
Though I disagree with atheism, I respect the viewpoint, however, I don’t respect some of the behaviors going on. If the accusations are true, this is really bad, and if the accusations are false, this is still bad as well. This is a lose-lose situation for the skeptic community (mostly atheists). I’m not taking sides as to the truthfulness of the accusations, save to say I hope the accusations are false especially in the case of Michael Shermer who seems like one of the most decent fellows I’ve ever met.
These developments remind me of South Park episode with Richard Dawkins where the atheists go to war against each other in the future…how prophetic.
1. HT Mike Gene
2. the source of this “news” was a summary posted here (WARNING: vulgarity):
A+ Skepchick FTB feminists going all out
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4. The Stollznow account has some credibility since it was published in Scientific American (though she doesn’t mention Radford by name). The others? Mostly 2nd hand and 3rd hand accounts with the victims not identifying themselves as Stollznow did. I won’t say who is right, but I was wondering when we would get another Elevatorgate that would cater to atheists craving more drama than they get over the creation/evolution/ID debate.