I think it is becoming more clear how the recent flare up in the atheist wars is going to play out. The social justice atheists are using the Buzzfeed article to systematically deplatform Lawrence Krauss. I think their objective is to ultimately ban Krauss from the atheist/skeptic movement. The problem is that Krauss has deep connections in the atheist movement – people like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. What the social justice atheists will demand is that these skeptics, and all skeptic/atheist organizations, cease from promoting Lawrence Krauss.
We’ve already seen one such example:
“As the President of Secular Woman, it is my responsibility to urge [CFI] to prioritize the safety of women over whatever benefit they see in the continued attachment to Lawrence Krauss,” Monette Richards, who is a chapter leader of CFI Northeast Ohio, told Gizmodo. “This article has given them an excellent opportunity: make a break from past leadership practices; remove Krauss from their honorary board; promise to stop inviting him to events.”
“I certainly hope they don’t intend to ignore it and hope everyone forgets,” Richards added. “Because I will work hard to make sure no one does.”
So a hot button issue is going to be whether the CFI/RDF continue to promote Krauss.
We are also starting to see demands such as these:
Hey @thinkincAU, I really hope you’ll be cancelling your upcoming Lawrence Krauss events (or removing him from the lineup) after all the evidence that has come fourth regarding his sexual misconduct. Make your brand about sharing interesting ideas, not platforming creeps.
— emotional support peacock (@JHazzardous) 25 February 2018
UPDATE: Feb 24, 2018 –Seth Andrews was previously endorsed by myself in many of the episodes of the Women Beyond Belief podcast. My endorsement has ended due to Seth’s refusal to stop promoting Lawrence Krauss. I believe the women!
— Women Beyond Belief (@WBBPodcast) 25 February 2018
Does this mean you support @LKrauss1 on accusations of his sexual misconduct? You supported @michaelshermer in the past.
It’s very troublesome that so many people in Physics and Atheist community knew about Lawrence’s issues and warned the women, yet you keep closing your eyes.
— Mike the Doctor (@Mikethedochere) 25 February 2018