Skeptic Infighting

What the Cynical Attitude Wreaks


by the Editors


Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation?
“The scientist and bestselling writer has become the face of a new crusading atheism. But even his closest allies worry that his online provocations do more harm than good.”
Sophie Elmhirst, The Guardian, 9 June 2015

Why Richard Dawkins ‘is not a scientist’, the survival of the least selfish, and what ants tell us about humans
“No one knows more about ants than E. O. Wilson. Which is why his U-turn on long-held beliefs about their biological altruism has met with outrage from academia. The unrepentant Pulitzer prizewinner and naturalist talks to Steve Connor.”
Steve Connor, The Independent, 10 November 2014

Richard Dawkins has lost it:
Ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name

Adam Lee, The Guardian (commentary), September 18, 2014

Closer Look at Rift Between Humanists Reveals Deeper Divisions
Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times, October 1, 2010
Paul Kurtz is the leading institution builder amongst the opponents of supernaturalism, having founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and the Council for Secular Humanism and the publishers of Skeptical Inquirer. Based on an interview with Kurtz, this article by Mark Oppenheimer reveals serious conflicts amongst Humanists.

An Ungodly Row: Dawkins Sues his Disciple
Tom Rowley and Alistair Walker, The Independent, October 25, 2010
“Josh Timonen was one of a small coterie of young protégés around Richard Dawkins, sharing his boss’s zealous atheism. But now he and the evolutionary theorist have fallen out spectacularly. Professor Dawkins’s charity has accused Mr. Timonen of embezzling hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

Atheist Ireland publicly dissociates itself
from the harmful and hateful rhetoric of PZ Myers

Michael Nugent, Chairman, and the Atheist Ireland Board
Atheist Ireland, April 7, 2015

PZ Myers publicly hates and despises people,
not merely their ideas or behaviour

Michael Nugent, December 27, 2014
PZ Myers creates conflict with a fellow atheist.

The Delicate Ego of Mr. Michael Shermer
P.Z. Myers, Pharyngula, January 16, 2013
Michael Shermer is attacked by a fellow skeptic.

Atheists Show Their Sexist Side:
What is wrong with the men at the helm of the movement?

Katha Pollitt, The Nation, September 24, 2014
– Secular Cafe comments.

PZ Myers’ unfair and hurtful misrepresentations of Richard Dawkins’ comments about being abused as a child
Michael Nugent, September 25, 2014

The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer
Adam Lee, Daylight Atheism, September 29, 2014

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?
Mark Oppenheimer, BuzzFeed

Oh, No, Not again… Once More Unto the Breach
PZ Myers, Pharyngula, July 3, 2011

Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists
Caitlin Dickson, The Wire, July 6, 2011

Richard Dawkins – Skeptic of Women?
Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon, July 8, 2011
“The famed nonbeliever goes after a female blogger for complaining about a creepy encounter with a male atheist.”

Goodbye For Now
Jennifer McCreight, BlagHag, September 4, 2012

It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too
Rebecca Watson, Slate, October 24, 2012
“I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats.”

Richard Dawkins Blackballed Rebecca Watson
from Speaking at the Reason Rally

Greta Christina, September 5, 2013

I Officially Divorce Myself from the Skeptic Movement
PZ Myers, Pharyngula, May 5, 2013

Richard Dawkins’ EG Comments at Pharyngula

JREF Shake-Up:
Headquarters Moved, James Randi Re-Installed as President

Greg, Daily Grail, September 2, 2014

“On a weirdly related note, the Daily Grail has published a story about JREF…”
Craig Weiler, The Weiler Psi, September 2, 2014
“It’s not good news for JREF. They’ve been bleeding donations for a number of years, going from $1.56 million in 2011 to $887.5K in 2013. They appear to be consolidating with their administrative offices, which can only mean that the reduction in funding is really hurting them.”