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In an e-mail conversation I had some time ago, a Christian minister attempted to convince me that atheists, despite what they might say, live life on the basis of faith in the same way that Christians do:

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Earlier this week, I posted a petition asking the leaders of atheist and secular organizations to support feminism and measures to improve diversity and stop harassment. The petition went up at 9:30 PM on Thursday night, and as of this writing, on Saturday night, it has around 1,300 signatures and is still accumulating more at a healthy clip. I think that's a very good response, and I'm grateful for the attention it's gotten and the many messages of support people have left along with their signatures. If you've signed already, thank you! You're the people who give me hope for the secular community.

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You may have heard that the video blogger "Thunderf00t"* recently published a video titled "Why 'Feminism' is poisoning Atheism", which he's been sending to the heads of atheist and skeptical organizations. In this video, he attacks named individuals who've been active in promoting diversity and fighting sexism and harassment in our movement, describing them as "whiners" and "ultra-PC professional victims" who are "dripp[ing] poison" into the secular community, and urges conference organizers to shun and ignore them. He's also claiming that prominent members of the atheist movement who've previously spoken out against harassment and misogyny didn't do so of their own free will, but were coerced into making these statements using nefarious means he declines to specify.

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