The debate continues over Atheism+, the new(ish) attempt to join skepticism and freethought with a left(ish) slant on social justice issues. Because what I feel compelled to call organized disbelief includes people with a variety of perspectives on political issues (including a fair few libertarians and Randroids), Atheism+ is not being rapturously received in all corners of the movement.
Ronald Lindsay, president of the Center for Inquiry, is not jazzed about this discord.
For one thing, he thinks it’s a strategic blunder:
Because the A+ advocates want to work on social justice issues, but have not yet specified how they plan to go about this, including which issues they will emphasize, there’s a worry that they will divert resources from the secular movement and weaken it.
Fair enough. This is always the cry of the coalition-builder against the splitter: You’re hurting the movement. But most of Lindsay’s article is devoted to another, more curious objection: the A+ people are throwing around terms like “misogyny” to describe problems within the community itself, and obviously that’s crazy. Atheists can’t be misogynist!
But if hate-filled comments and threats to women have not been expressly called divisive, it’s because such conduct does not threaten to divide the movement.