The people of the modern day West live in a culture that largely accepts the existence the Patriarchy, Rape Culture, and Cultural Misogyny, and which encourages them to blame all misfortune and conflict in the community--from rape to domestic violence to the pay gap to male-only conscription--on these ethereal and unfalsifiable "social constructs".
The Salem witch trials began with accusations against an opposing camp--a rival family in the community engaged in a long-standing feud with the family of the accused.
The flurry of recent sexual misconduct accusations in the Atheist/skeptic community essentially began with an invitation to continue a conversation over coffee, proffered by an unnamed man in an elevator. That invitation was ground zero for the splintering of that community into two rival camps--one which embraced skepticism and the rejection of any notion of an invisible, unmeasurable superior power that rules all our lives, and one which embraced dogmatism.
A witch hunt has begun in the skeptic community--one side asking for evidence, and the other demanding blind faith. Who will prevail? God knows...
Join Karen Straughan(Girl Writes What), Alison Tieman(Typhonblue) and me at 9 pm Eastern time, 6PM pacific time on August 22, 2013 for the second episode of AVfM's honey badger radio.
Karen Straughan (Girl Writes What):
Alison Tieman (Typhonblue):
Della Burton (Oneiorosgrip)
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