Report from the Warfront

February 25 – Monday – Three Days After Operation Buzzfeedfrenzy

  • Lawrence Krauss has not yet issued any type of response to the allegations against him, even though he is being systematically deplatformed by the social justice wing of the atheist movement.  This looks bad.  Is he talking to lawyers?

 

  • None of Krauss’s allies (Dawkins, Harris, Coyne, Shermer, etc.) have come out to defend him yet.  They could be waiting for his response and coordinating their counter-attack behind closed doors.

 

Auckland University of Technology has pulled its sponsorship of a show with celebrity atheist Lawrence Krauss following a raft of allegations he has been involved in inappropriate behaviour towards women.

Krauss is due to speak on a double-bill with Richard Dawkins at the Science of the Soul Tour in May in Auckland and Christchurch, but the promoter is undecided about whether the Australia and New Zealand shows will go ahead.

  • Activist Steve Shives puts on the war paint:
  • A slight set back for the social justice warriors:
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4 Responses to Report from the Warfront

  1. TFBW says:

    The promoter of the Dawkins/Krauss “Science in the Soul” AU/NZ tour (Think Inc.) hasn’t uttered a peep about this issue on Twitter or their main website as of yet. They’re still selling tickets.

  2. Dhay says:

    PZ Myers’ 26 February 2018 blog post entitled “If you’re wondering what the obstacle to change in the atheist movement might be, here it is” links to, and comments on, a 16 February 2018 Secular Women post, “A Statement About HEADS”.

    https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2018/02/26/if-youre-wondering-what-the-obstacle-to-change-in-the-atheist-movement-might-be-here-it-is/

    HEADS is “the leaders of the various disparate groups that make up the movement”, says Myers. And they are no longer allowing Secular Women, self-proclaimed “the only secular organization which focuses on the concerns and voices of women”, to attend their annual meetings:

    Since its founding in 2012, Secular Woman has worked to amplify the voices of atheist, humanist and non-religious women. We do this in part by participating in the annual conference attended by the leaders of national secular organizations. We have attended four of the past five meetings.

    The structure of this year’s meeting changed after women voiced their opinions and concerns at last year’s meeting. Some of those opinions were unpopular and unwelcome, and during the meeting, the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Secular Coalition of America requested that the next meeting be available only to member organizations of SCA. SCA ran this year’s meeting, and the change was made, excluding Secular Woman and other smaller organizations.

    People continue to write “where are the women” pieces about the secular movement after years of work to make us more inclusive. Women enter this movement, then leave with stories of being talked over, silenced, and valued for their bodies over their voices. As #MeToo continues to gather momentum, the leaders of this movement have changed the rules to specifically exclude Secular Woman, the only secular organization which focuses on the concerns and voices of women.

    [My emboldening.]
    http://www.secularwoman.org/a-statement-about-heads/

    If I understand it right, Secular Women were promoting “the concerns and voices of women” at past Secular Coalition of America conferences; the SCA response was to silence their voice by banning them.

    A week after the Secular Women post — I note the pointed reference to #MeToo, the anti- sexual harassment campaign — and presumably not long after the HEADS’ decision the BuzzFeed article came out.

    The SCA HEADS’ decision looks suspiciously like: Quick, someone’s campaigning against the mistreatment of women, let’s shut ’em up.

  3. Dhay says:

    PZ Myers’ post tells us the Secular Coalition of America HEADS (leaders) include — on its Advisory Board, which is additional to its Board of Directors:

    Richard Dawkins, D.Sc., FRS – evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University

    Sam Harris, Ph.D. – author, neuroscientist, and CEO of Project Reason

    Project Reason had been effectively project-less for several years before the end of 2014, the time when the website became defunct. Dawkins ceased to hold the Simonyi Chair back in 2008, ten years ago. The information is ten years out of date.

    The SCA’s stuck-in-the-past descriptions of its Advisory Board look like an apt metaphor — or a synecdoche — for its attitude towards women.

  4. hikayamasan353 says:

    All I can tell is that I have a pack of yummy popcorn and a kitty on my lap.

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