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Where Does The Secularist Movement Go From Here?

November 6, 2014

It’s a good question, as there has been a major rift between so-called SJW* atheists (particularly those clustered around the FreeThoughtBlogs website), and those who would consider themselves skeptics (fans of James Randi, Michael Shermer, Penn Jillette et al.), who tend to skew to the libertarian Right, though containing a smattering of moderates, small “l” liberals, conservatives and apolitical types.

These tensions have always been there, but were a minor issue until a couple of sexual incidents blew a canyon-sized chasm between these two groups: An alleged incident involving Michael Shermer in 2008, and the so-called “Elevatorgate” incident of 2011, involving  Skepchick’ s Rebecca Watson. Neither of these matters were of much personal interest to me (I didn’t even know about the Shermer thing until PZ Myers’ publicly accused him of rape at Pharyngula in 2013), as the prospect of Islamist terror and the Creationist infiltration of the education system seemed like much bigger issues to worry about, not to mention the struggles of day-to-day life.

It’s hard to know where all this will end up. It does seem however that the Anglosphere’s domination of the secular movement is coming to an end, with ex-Muslims likely to be the torchbearers of atheism into the twenty-first century, with a modernized India and other developing nations also playing a major role. This is an important development, as certain “leaders” in the US and Britain continue to discredit themselves; not least among these being PZ Myers, who seems more like a jihadi intent on blowing up the A/S community from within.

There is hope — we just have to know where to look.

*Social Justice Warrior

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