Those activist atheists are at it again. After many previous failed attempts, they are trying to recapture the glory days of New Atheism and put together another…..conference. This one is supposed to be called “The Anti-Theist International Convention.” Since my time is limited, I’ll let atheist PZ Myers describe it to you:
It’s happening again. In this case, two people I never heard of announced an atheist conference in England and immediately got an endorsement from Richard Dawkins. It’s called the Anti-Theism International Convention. They got some respectable people, like Maryam Namazie and Stephen Law and Aron Ra, and then…Lawrence Krauss. A gaggle of YouTubers better known for their opposition to transgender issues and support for Rationality Rules. Lurking in their unused video promos is Richard Carrier. I think I can already detect a bias here — this is just another reaction to #MeToo, trying to whitewash misogyny.
One of the organizers is someone named John Richards, the publications director for Atheist Alliance International. You know, the organization that recently hired David Silverman. By this time, the whole thing is reeking of sliminess.
Then things really started to go off the rails when another of the organizers, Lance Gregorchuk, decided to do an interview:
If you watch the video, you’ll quickly figure out that Gregorchuk is a kook. And he laughably strays into dangerous territory when he shares his views of women.
PZ Myers and Hemant Mehta then draw attention to this trainwreck, causing two of the previously booked speakers to back out. John Richards then shows up on Mehta’s blog to inform everyone he has fired Gregorchuk.
Someone posted the link to Richards’ comment on PZ Myers blog and he responded:
Don’t read the Friendly Atheist comments unless you want to enjoy a mob of unconstrained trolls and assholes babbling away. I guess Hemant doesn’t believe in curating his comments at all, and it makes his site pretty much unbearable.
Finally, Richards said he was open to being interviewed and feminist atheist Stephanie Zvan took him up on it. They ended up in a dispute about security guards.
And that’s where is stands.
Will Dawkins back out of the conference? Will it be canceled? Stay tuned.