Thursday, September 13, 2018
David Silverman we've heard about. Michael Shermer was no surprise. Lawrence Krauss was even less of a surprise. Richard Carrier came as a surprise though. A science historian and popular secularist speaker, Carrier has both apologized for and denied accusations of unwanted sexual advances at secularist and atheist events. He has been banned from at least one conference.
Organized secularism has been struggling with charges of misogyny, sexism and sexual harassment for almost a decade.
The problem first went public in 2011 when a then-little-known atheist blogger, Rebecca Watson, described unwanted sexual advances from a man at an atheist conference who followed her into an elevator and to her hotel room.
She was flooded with both supportive and haranguing comments. World-renowned atheist Richard Dawkins told her to "stop whining" and "grow up." Dawkins -- whose appearances at secularist gatherings can make or break attendance -- has been called out multiple times for sexist statements but remains much in demand as a speaker.
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