2017 contributions and grants to American Atheists

From Conservapedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Richard Dawkins
The new atheist Richard Dawkins was at the center of the Elevatorgate controversy which caused deep divisions within the atheist movement. [1]

In 2017, the atheist activist Lee Moore declared about major American atheist organizations and their drop in fundraising totals:

If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere."[2]

In 2018, it was reported reported that David Silverman, the ex-president of the American Atheists organization, was fired after allegations of financial conflicts and sexual assault.[3] See also: Atheist organizations and scandals and Atheism and the Me Too Movement and Firing of David Silverman from the American Atheists organization

Below is the 2017 IRS tax exempt form of the American Atheists organization and it shows in 2016 the contributions and grants to the American Atheists organization was $1,160,208 and in 2017 contributions and grants to the American Atheists organization dropped to $408,922.[4][5]

The 2017 tax return of the American Atheists organization shows that in 2016 the contributions and grants to the American Atheists organization was $1,160,208 and in 2017  contributions and grants to the American Atheists organization dropped to $480,922.

David Silverman's speech at the 2018 American Atheists convention

See also: Decline of the atheist movement and Atheist factions and David Silverman's speech at the 2018 American Atheists convention

At the 2018 American Atheists convention, David Silverman declared:

It is a hard time to be an atheist activist. This has affected us. And it has affected our community...

...it has really affected us. We are suffering a level of defeatism that I have never seen before...

We feel the loss. And we feel like we have lost. We feel like we lost the election... We see this cascade of attack coming down at us over and over from all different directions and we feel like it's over. I have heard so many times it makes me sick. It makes me sad. It feels like we lost.

The apathy that follows. It doesn't matter. We can't win anyways. It's useless to fight. This apathy is infecting us. It's hurting us.

And people are reacting to each other now. And so that is causing a division. Lots and lots of division in our movement. Hard, bad division... And that has resulted in a splintering and factioning of the movement that I have never seen before and none of us have.

In other words, we're in a bad situation and it's getting worse.[6]

Reason Rally related incident involving David Silverman and Richard Dawkins

See also: Elevatorgate and Reason Rally and Reason Rally related incident involving David Silverman and Richard Dawkins

David Silverman took feminist Rebecca Watson off the speakers list for the Reason Rally after Richard Dawkins objected to her speaking at the event.[7] See: Elevatorgate

Elevatorgate is a term commonly used to describe a 2011 controversy involving new atheist Richard Dawkins' comments made to atheist Rebecca Watson which are perceived to have been inappropriate by a sizable portion of the atheist community and to the public at large.[8] Watson is a feminist.[9]

Due to the Elevatorgate controversy, the New Statesman reporter and fellow skeptic David Allen Green said he believed Dawkins was a misogynist and a racist.[10] In addition, Green wrote: "Can Richard Dawkins still credibly pose as a champion of rational thinking and an evidence-based approach? In my opinion, he certainly cannot, at least not in the way he did before."[11]

Subsequent to the Elevatorgate indicident, the popularity of Richard Dawkins significant waned (see: Richard Dawkins' loss of influence).

An article by Sarah posted at Skepchick about a conversation between Richard Dawkins and David Silverman, which took place during the planning phrase of the 2012 Reason Rally:

Richard was standing behind the podium, and he asked Dave something along the lines of, “What exactly is the Reason Rally?” Dave started explaining it, and as he did, someone who was waiting in the line outside opened the door to peek inside and we could all hear a lot of noise. I rushed up the aisle and made frantic “shut the door” gestures at the people peeking inside, and they did. As I walked the ten feet back, I couldn’t hear everything Dave was saying, but I heard the name “Rebecca Watson.” Richard suddenly had a very angry look on his face and I heard him almost shout, “No, absolutely not! If she’s going to be there, I won’t be there. I don’t want her speaking.” and then Dave immediately replied, “You’re absolutely right, we’ll take her off the roster. It’s done.” Richard huffed for a moment, Dave continued to placate him, and then he made the video.

I was crushed.[12]

See also

Notes

  1. Lee Moore and Steve Shives Talk About the Future of the Atheist Movement, - video quote comes 21 minutes and 13 seconds into the video
  2. This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault
  3. 2017 IRS tax exempt form, American Atheists website
  4. Fundraising is way down for atheist organizations, Examining Atheism
  5. David Silverman - How the Mighty Get Back Up
  6. My Time With Richard Dawkins (Or, Why You Should Never Meet Your Idols) by Sarah at Skepchick, September 5, 2013
  7. Rebecca Watson (July 5, 2011). "The Privilege Delusion". Skepchick
  8. Sharing a lift with Richard Dawkins by David Allen Green - New Stateman - 06 July 2011
  9. Sharing a lift with Richard Dawkins by David Allen Green - New Stateman - 06 July 2011
  10. My Time With Richard Dawkins (Or, Why You Should Never Meet Your Idols) by Sarah at Skepchick, September 5, 2013