By now, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard a bit about Dave Silverman’s appearance on Vacula’s “Brave Hero” show last night. If you want to see how “Brave Hero” fans took what Dave had to say, there’s a transcript of the chat room available.
If you look at the transcript, you’ll find that they start well before the show, by listening to the interview I did with Dave for Atheists Talk a couple of weeks ago. I grabbed the relevant bits of transcript here. The punchline comes at the end.
ElizaSutton [Skep Tickle]: In the next hour, I’m going to listen to DS’s interview on Zvan’s show from 6/2/2013
Brave Hero Radio (Cohost) [Justin Vacula]:
Brave Hero Radio (Cohost): didn’t even know he was on there
ElizaSutton: Pretty close to direct quotes: “It’s good to be hated by some people – by racists, homophobes, bigoted people…” “We never attack theists, we attack religion. The necessary reaction you’re going to get is hate…it’s a sign of success.”
ElizaSutton: More Dave S on 6/2: Zvan seems to pick up on DS’s comments about being hated as a sign of success. DS adds: “The hate is about equality…the hate is about chipping away at the Christian privilege that’s out there.”
ElizaSutton: DS: We’re about equality, religion doesn’t want equality, it wants to be elevated above others
Brave Hero Radio (Cohost): listening now
Brave Hero Radio (Cohost): listening to clip now
Parody Accountant: I swear Steph Zvan just said “I just had a fart in my throat” @ 18:40
ElizaSutton: FWIW, ads on MN Atheist radio all sound white, retail ads appeal to standard middle & upper class (fireplace inserts, restaurants, etc) and I THINK I just heard one that said “if you want to appeal to intelligent [atheists]…advertise w/ us”
ElizaSutton: Just before 29:00 SZ asks, athiests/humanists/etc, are we getting too saturated? DS takes a big long breath, talks about markets & niches
ElizaSutton: DS: “If a group is needed it’ll form and if a group isn’t needed it’ll dissolve. That’s why I do my best to help everyone.” (Again, not necessarily a direct error-free quote)
ReapSowRadio [Reap Paden]: I have a sound bite where it sounds like she says “I have a nice cock”
ElizaSutton: LOL he says infighting & egos affects small groups (not large groups????)
ReapSowRadio: is he on sephanie zvan’s high school project she calls a radio show?
ElizaSutton: “we love Amanda here” (said about Amanda Kneif, by Zvan) – how often would a male staffer be referred to that way? (I’m not saying it’s BAD, I’m saying it’s a casual manner in which people more often refer women than men, esp in jobs)
ElizaSutton: Jewelry ad. Restaurant ad prominently featuring gluten-containing foods.
ReapSowRadio: Im going to Write a review of Atheists Talk…They asked me to! On the website. I’ve listened to lots of their shows.
zenbabe: Grats Reap
ReapSowRadio: It s no big deal really anyone can do it :$
ElizaSutton: Reap – you serious? “they” asked you to? Woot!
ReapSowRadio: well the website aksed me to …that counts right?
ElizaSutton: LOL we’ll take it
We’ll take a radio show that does long-form interviews of activists, scientists, artists, and scholars, a show that supports a community of atheists and humanists, a show that a team of volunteers sinks a lot of time into, and we’ll have it reviewed by a guy who’s tickled that he has an audio clip that sort of makes it sound like I said something I didn’t say. Yeah, let’s encourage bad reviews for the lulz!
All because I work on the show.
If you wondered at all why Dave Silverman took such a strong stand against what’s going on with that crowd, there’s all the answer you need. Listen to a show with me talking to Dave Silverman about American Atheists and the general state of the atheist movement and feel moved to prevent other people from listening to the show. Because I work on the show. Because that’s how you make the movement better.