Thunderf00t

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Phil Mason

Phil Mason, more commonly known as Thunderf00t, is one of the more popular YouTube atheists/evolutionists.

When Thunderf00t is posed with questions which show his views are in error/inconsistent, he dodges the questions by calling them illegitimate/"malformed" or ignoring them.[1][2]

Thunderf00t also dodged a debate offer from YouTube Christian Shockofgod.[3]

Thunderfoot on the atheist movement

See also: Atheist movement and Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement

Thunderf00t said about the atheist movement after Reason Rally 2016 had a very low turnout:

I'm not sure there is anything in this movement worth saving. Hitchens is dead. Dawkins simply doesn't have the energy for this sort of thing anymore. Harris went his own way. And Denton just kind of blended into the background. So what do you think when the largest gathering of the nonreligious in history pulls in... I don't know. Maybe 2,000 people. Is there anything worth saving?[4]

Thunderf00t's discussions with Ray Comfort

Thunderf00t debated the American Christian evangelist Ray Comfort and the debate did not go well for him and he was nervous during the discussion/debate. Atheist Matt Dillahunty indicated he was "disappointed" in Thunderf00t's debate performance and referred to his debate performance as "weak sauce".[5] In nearly all Christianity vs. atheism debates, atheists fare very poorly. Ray Comfort was very gracious in his commentary concerning the debate and took Thunderf00t out to lunch after the debate.[6][7]

Thunderf00t had a second discussion with Comfort and he was more composed in the second discussion. The second discussion focused on the discussion of atheism and morality.[8][9]

Thunderf00t's removal from Freethoughtblogs and his commentary on Freethoughtblogs

See also: Atheist factions and Atheist movement

On July 1, 2012, atheist Ed Brayton declared about Thunderf00ts removal from Freethoughtblogs:

As many of you are no doubt aware, there’s been a lot of strife in this community lately. Some of it has been in public, some of it was in private and some of it may well go from being private to public as a result of all of this. So let me give you the news and clear the air:

We are parting company with two of our bloggers: Thunderf00t and Greg Laden. We wish them both the best but, unfortunately, their behavior towards other members of the community has made it impossible to keep them as part of our network. This is not a matter of a disagreement or difference of opinion, but of behavior that we cannot condone or support.

None of this is a reflection on the worth of the many contributions that both of these people have made to the atheist cause. I hope and am confident that they will both continue to offer a lot of good things to this community.[10]

The matter which appeared to spark the contention was how to properly deal with the significant amount of misogny within the atheist community (see: Atheism and women and Atheism and rape and Elevatorgate and Women's views of Richard Dawkins and Atheist leaders and immoral relationships).[11][12][13][14]

Matt Dillahunty on events surrounding Thunderf00t's removal from FreeThoughtblogs

According to the atheist Matt Dillahunty Thunderf00t acted dishonestly and inappropriately subsequent to his removal from Freethoughtblogs and he had "gone off the deep end".[15]

Thunderf00t's October 2014 commentary on Freethoughtblogs

See also: PZ Myers and social justice and Atheism, social justice and hypocrisy

In October 2014, Thunderf00t indicated that the bloggers at Freethoughtblogs (Freethoughtblogs is the most popular atheist blogging community) accidentally put him on their email list and that they spend a considerable amount of time emailing each other engaging in petty matters. In fact, he indicated that they spent more time emailing each other than engaged in actual blogging. He also questioned the impact of the bloggers of Freethoughtblogs on social justice.[16] Furthermore, he indicated that their attempt to make him a pariah within the atheist community had virtually no impact.[17]

He also indicated that the accomplishments of Rebecca Watson are very thin and that she promotes feminism in an offensive manner.[18]

In addition, Thunderf00t commented on how Jen McCreight, the founder of the atheist feminist movement Atheism plus abandoned her movement within two weeks. And how Richard Carrier "the intellectual artillery" of the movement, quit promoting the movement within a month.[19]

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