There's a "rift" in the online atheism community. At its core, feminism and suggested sexism/misogyny. I say suggested because this isn't true in all cases. The result has been quite a bit of "in-fighting".
I'm one of the lesser voices within this online "punch and run" bit of battling. For the most part, I've voiced disagreement, irritation, and complete frustration with those few FreeThoughtBloggers and their company of loyal subjects. There is a lot of photoshopping and name-calling happening on one side and a lot of unrealistic and unfounded labeling, doxxing, and unfair spam reporting of Twitter accounts on the other. All in all, there is no "right" side.
In an attempt to mend the rift, A-News is hoping to facilitate a civil dialogue between atheists on both sides. On the surface, this sounds like a great and grand idea. Dig a bit deeper and you'll see why I feel this is a futile attempt. All one needs to do is read the comments left on the post.
I'm known in my family and among my friends as an eternal optimist. This is the one time I'm finding that title more than a bit failing.
Ammendment: Lee Moore has been in contact with me and truly wants this dialogue to happen. I do see the need for it. The constant bickering, name-calling, doxxing, and more has made me weary. I can only imagine how it looks to those who have come into the online atheist/skepticism arena lately. Based on actions by *all* sides, who would want to attend the conferences and gatherings? Who would want to engage fellow atheists/skeptics online when one might run the risk of being belittled, berated, or harassed?
If you're one of the those who's getting tired of the constant back and forth, please do promote Lee's latest offering. The very least it will do is getting us all talking again rather than back-stabbing.