Matt Dillahunty has become unhinged ever since the Lawrence Krauss story broke. When he and Sam Harris tried to explain why they weren’t going to talk about the allegations in the Buzzfeed article, Matt claimed he wasn’t going to rush to judgment, but instead take the time to think about it. Well, it’s been almost a week since then and the Buzzfeed article isn’t a ten thousand word scholarly journal article loaded with technical jargon. So it isn’t quite clear why he is struggling so much with this. Of course, the social justice atheists have noticed this and have begun to pester him for his promised response on his Facebook page.
For example, one person wrote:
It is discouraging to see the time you’ve spent publicly shaming people who want to know why you worked with Krauss if you knew about the allegations. I hear this went on for nearly two decades because of scared silence. That’s very sad. It makes me wonder if atheism really has the capacity to make a better world, or if the cult of personality makes us indistinguishable, in some ways, from religious people. The lack of outrage for those Krauss allegedly hurt has disturbing effects, regardless of the reasons one may have to not have time for a public statement — just plenty of time to publicly smear the journalist who did the honorable work of bringing the allegations to light.
It’s not just about you, though. You’re apparently one of many who platformed Krauss in spite of the allegations. I just don’t want to see this happen…but I get the sense that in another 20 years, when I’m in my 50s, I’ll be reading another expose of another platformed abuser/harasser/assaulter in organized atheism, and the pattern of hurting lives will not change.
And here is Matt’s response:
Go fuck yourself. I called out someone for not respecting boundaries and now I’m calling you out for the same and for being an entitled ass who thinks I owe them something. I don’t.
As for the talk of boundaries, one of the Buzzfeed reporters contacted Matt on Feb 27. Apparently, one of their sources gave the reporter Matt’s private cell phone number and began texting him (pictures of the text exchange are seen at this link). Matt felt violated and mistakenly posted the reporter’s number.
Well, you can guess what would happen once some Matt Dillahunty fans got hold of this:
Always remember that this is the crowd that claims to be the champions of Reason and Evidence while telling us the world would be oh so much better without religion.
But hold on there. A Buzzfeed reporter contacted Matt on Feb 27 to get some comments about an interview she just did? Could Buzzfeed be working on a follow-up story about the atheist activist community?
Ol’ Matt apparently needs a time out from his fellow atheists:
For the people who expect immediate responses…you should do what I’m doing: I’m going to largely ignore Facebook, Twitter and Email for few days while I spend time with my wife and with some friends who are coming to town. February’s videos are done and I’m going to play some games, work on some crafts, and practice the “Magic and Skepticism” world tour set…which will be partially previewed at NaNoCon, in Nashville on the 17th of March.