Firing of David Silverman from the American Atheists organization

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David Silverman took feminist Rebecca Watson off the speakers list for the Reason Rally after Richard Dawkins objected to her speaking at the event.[1] See: Elevatorgate

In 2018, David Silverman was fired after allegations of financial conflicts and sexual assault.[2] Nick Fish, the new president of American Atheists, indicated that Silverman's termination was not over sexual allegations, but as a result of a "loss of confidence" stemming from violations of internal policies on staff management, conflicts of interest, and their general code of conduct.[3] Silverman, through his lawyer, denies any wrong doing and indicates he has never had a non-consensual sexual encounter.[4] In 2019, atheists PZ Myers and Stephanie Zvan indicate that Silverman's attempts to improve his public image have failed.[5][6] In his book, Fighting God, Silverman indicates that he is a “proud feminist.” (See also: Atheism and sexism and Atheism and the Me Too Movement).[7]

Silverman claimed that he had an open relationship with his Jewish and theist wife, but later admitted he lied about that his matter and cheated on her.[8]

Silverman told atheist David Smalley in an interview that he suffers from depression and that he doubts his self-worth.[9]

On October 2, 2019, Silverman indicated the experience of being accused of sexual harrassment, being fired from the American Atheist organization and losing many of his former atheist friends caused him a "horrific level of pain" that "damaged" him and that he now has textbook symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[10] In addition, he had suicidal thoughts.[11] Furthermore, he said he now takes medication and he is still a damaged person.[12]

In October 2019, David Silverman was hired to be the Executive Director of Atheist Alliance International.[13]

Silverman recently appeared on the YouTube channel of Carl Benjamin, an atheist who is ant-feminist. PZ Myers indicated the video declared that "After falling victim to the #MeToo movement, ex-leader of American Atheists David Silverman had his life totally destroyed by false allegations made by feminists in the atheist movement."[14]

Timeline of Events in the David Silverman Firing

Silverman sues the American Atheists organization for defamation plus files lawsuits against women who accused him of sexual harassment

See also: Atheist lawsuits

Silverman has filed a defamation lawsuit against the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, BuzzFeed who reported the news story, and the American Atheists organization.[15]

Atheist feminists/progressive atheists attempting to get Atheist Alliance International to fire David Silverman

See also: Atheist Alliance International's hiring of David Silverman and Atheism and leadership and Atheism and the Me Too Movement

According to David Silverman there are atheist feminists/progressive atheists attempting to get Atheist Alliance International (AAI) to fire David Silverman.[16] David Silverman indicates that Secular Woman and its president Monette Richards is trying to get the United Nations to revoke AAI's special consultative status with the UN in order to punish AAI for hiring Silverman.[17]

According to Silverman, the board of directors for AAI reviewed the evidence that Silverman presented maintaining his innocence of the sexual assault allegations that have been lodged against him and unamimously decided to hire him.[18]

For further details, please see:

Post sexual harassment allegations against Lawrence Krauss and David Silverman, searches for atheism related topics have dropped markedly

See also: Decline of the atheist movement and Internet atheism

Atheism and agnosticism related searches in the United States - Google trends

New Atheism is a form of militant atheism.

Lawrence Krauss is a new atheist.

On March 7, 2018, The Australian reported that Lawrence Krauss was sent on paid leave by Arizona University in wake of harassment allegations against him and that he is no longer allowed on campus.[19]

In April 2018, David Silverman, ex-president of the American Atheists organization, was fired due to allegations of financial conflicts and sexual assault.[20]

As can be seen on the rightward side of the Google trends graph, post sexual harassment allegations against Lawrence Krauss and David Silverman, searches for atheism related topics have dropped markedly in the United States.

For more information, please read the article A shambolic atheist community faces some tough choices

Atheism and agnosticism related searches in the world - Google trend data

As can be seen on the rightward side of the Google trends graph, post sexual harassment allegations against Lawrence Krauss and David Silverman, searches for atheism related topics have dropped markedly around in the world.

For more information, please read the article A shambolic atheist community faces some tough choices

David Silverman and sexual abuse allegations

Atheist Lawrence Krauss and sexual abuse allegations

See also

Notes

  1. My Time With Richard Dawkins (Or, Why You Should Never Meet Your Idols) by Sarah at Skepchick, September 5, 2013
  2. This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault
  3. Leading atheist, accused of sexual misconduct, speaks out, Washington Post (republished article from Religion News Service) by Kimberly Winston, September 6, 2018
  4. American Atheists President David Silverman Fired After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Christian Post, 2018
  5. David Silverman is failing Redemption 101 by PZ Myers
  6. David Silverman: Liar for the Defense by
  7. David Silverman was a “Proud Feminist”, PZ Myers
  8. Just wives by PZ Myers
  9. David Smalley On Social Justice In Atheism, go to the 1 hour 1 minutes and 18 second mark of the video]
  10. Our Disharmony w/ David Silverman & the "Atheist Movement"
  11. Our Disharmony w/ David Silverman & the "Atheist Movement"
  12. Our Disharmony w/ David Silverman & the "Atheist Movement"
  13. David P. Silverman Appointed Executive Director
  14. David Silverman was a “Proud Feminist”, PZ Myers
  15. Despite Misconduct Allegations, David Silverman Is Now Running an Atheist Group BY HEMANT MEHTA
  16. David Silverman (Former President of American Atheist) talks to us about allegations against him.
  17. David Silverman (Former President of American Atheist) talks to us about allegations against him., Silverman starts mentioning this matter at the 51:29 point of the video
  18. David Silverman (Former President of American Atheist) talks to us about allegations against him., Silverman starts mentioning this matter at the 51:29 point of the video
  19. Lawrence Krauss sent on paid leave by Arizona University in wake of harassment allegations, The Australian, 2018
  20. This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault