As skeptics, atheists and humanists prepare to gather for their largest meeting in Las Vegas this weekend, attendance by women is expected to be down significantly.
Officials for The Amazing Meeting, or TAM, said Wednesday (July 11) that women would make up 31 percent of the 1,200 conference attendees, down from 40 percent the year before. A month before the conference, pre-registration was only 18 percent women, organizers said.
Online forums have crackled with charges of sexism in TAMâ€™s leadership and calls for the ouster of D.J. Grothe, the male president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, TAMâ€™s organizer. In June, Rebecca Watson, a skeptic blogger and speaker, canceled her TAM appearance because, she said on her blog, she does â€śnot feel welcome or safe.â€ť...
"Watson said she was approached late at night in an elevator by a man she believed was seeking sex. When she blogged about it, the â€śatheosphereâ€ť erupted in comments, both supportive and negative. British biologist Richard Dawkins, the best-selling author of â€śThe God Delusion,â€ť wrote that Watson should â€śstop whiningâ€ť and â€śgrow a thicker skin.â€ť"
Amazing that Richard Dawkins has a "sexual harassment problem" to the extent he encourages late night attacks upon women??
But then is it so amazing that those without God hold such malevolent ideas?
Atheists do not have a sexual harassment problem because atheists do not believe that there are absolute right and wrong. Atheists believe that they can do anything they want to and not be held accountable because atheists believe that they are only accountable to themselves.