Wednesday, 19 March 2008

A Call To Arms?

Upon reading through my RSS feed as I am wont to do of a morning, I happened across a post at The Frame Problem. It concerns the apparent silence on the part of other atheist bloggers regarding the Church of Industrial-Strength Crazy Scientology. Some of the big names in atheist blogging are accused of "letting the bully win", sort of an "evil triumphs when good men do nothing" deal.

While I concede the point to some degree (you don't often hear about the Co$ on many mainstream atheist blogs), I wouldn't call it a silence - in fact, the only reason I myself don't blog more often on the matter is because it gets so much coverage elsewhere. Doing a quick search in my news aggregator, I'm presented with a few examples of blogs which regularly mention the Co$: The Rogues' Gallery, the blog of The Skeptic's Guide To The Universe, has 2 posts in the last 4 days; Skepchick and The Angry Skeptics are two others that deal with the subject.

Maybe the campaign of Anonymous, and the misdeeds of $cientology in general, should be getting more attention in the more visible atheist blogs. But I'd hardly say there was a silence on the subject.


ronbrown said...


Hi. I wasn't really saying that no atheist bloggers are posting. I really was referring to atheist bloggers that I know of. I knew that there are atheist bloggers out there that are posting (e.g., TANK Vodcast), but the blogs that I frequent (e.g., Friendly Atheist, Pharyngula, Sandwalk, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Bay of Fundie, and a number of others) have, to my knowledge, not made a single post (or if they have, it was quite a while back).

Darkwinter said...

ronbrown: I completely understand the point you were making, and I hope I didn't come across as too harsh in any criticism I gave. It is an issue that needs more attention, I think; but the recent and ongoing campaign by Anonymous - not to mention your own blog - are doing a great job of that. I don't think silence from some of the leading blogs is a good idea, but I also don't think it's doing a lot of harm. Awareness of this issue is spreading quite rapidly at the moment.