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May 24 2011

Atheism, Sexism, Etc.: An Update

Important update on yesterday’s post about sexist comments made by David Eller at the Oakland Rapture RAM:

David Eller has offered an apology. A genuine one this time. It’s posted on Jen’s blog: Eller offers an apology. Good for him. This sort of situation can go south and get ugly very quickly: good for Eller for not going there, and for acknowledging his error. That’s exactly the kind of behavior atheists should be modeling, and he’s done a good job of it here. I posted this update as an addendum to the original post, but thought I should also post it separately, in case anyone missed it.

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    Wbrinkman2006

    Good for him.

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    rayuela23

    I do really hate to be a hater, but I don’t see anything in his apology about white privilege? Again, really don’t like to be the negative person, because it is awesome he apologised, but has that been addressed?

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    Southernmystic.wordpress.com

    I think he demonstrated his attitudes about ‘male privilege’ much more clearly than ‘white privilege.’ He demonstrated the former by actively talking about women; he demonstrated the latter passively, by omission. It ought to be addressed, but he has at least apologized for the greater trespass. Let’s give him credit for that, for the kind of reflective analysis and the ability of an atheist to say he/she was wrong without losing face. Then we can talk about implied racism by omission.

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    Jack Rawlinson

    Good for him. It takes character to fully admit error and sincerely apologise for it.

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