***Note: The thrust of this article has been revoked in light of Raving Atheist’s response on this thread, Honour Amongst Atheists and an apology issued to RA for what turned out to be baseless accusations.
Sometime ago the Raving Atheist commented on a post of mine about the Crisis Pregnancy Centers underhanded behavior. His screen name caught my attention so I wandered over to have a look around his site. I found a post where he was encouraging fellow anti-choicers to speak to another blogger, a woman and an atheist, about abortion.That made me suspicious as it seemed like the kind of thing internet religious apologists do (list sites on their page and encourage readers to ‘engage’ them). I spoke to my husband about it at the time and he agreed that it did seem like RA was targeting atheist women for conversion. I let his comment stand, but didn’t engage him in conversation.
Today, I find this post at Goosing the Antithesis. Earlier this month the Raving Atheist offered Atheist Mommy $20 an hour to volunteer in an CPC. My suspicion was confirmed as far as I’m concerned — the Raving Atheist is bad news.
But some good has come of it. I realized I had a bias that I’m going to need to work on. When I was sitting up my (now defunct) about page, I worried about mentioning my children and what theists would do with that information.
It never occurred to me to think about what a fellow atheist might do with it. I automatically assumed that other atheists would be rational and honest and not target my children and/or me as a mother.
In short, a zealot is a zealot no matter what side of the theological line they choose.a