Shortly after the investigation of Atheist Nexus was launched by the temporary administrator, Brother Richard, a surprising turn of events rendered it mostly moot. The individual who created Atheist Nexus and about whom many questions were raised, Kym, stepped down and turned the entire operation over to Brother Richard from Life Without Faith. This is no longer a temporary situation pending the results of our investigation, but a permanent one. Therefore, the actual investigation is of minimal importance in determining whether to utilize Atheist Nexus. Still, because of the interest surrounding this subject, I'll highlight the following:
- Kym is a fairly recent de-convert to atheism. After a period of confusion over his Christian faith, he read some books about atheism and managed to escape from delusion. You can read his story here. He has identified as an atheist only for a few months.
- Kym works as a freelance web designer and has done some work for Christian groups.
- Atheist Nexus is built on the Ning platform, which prevents administrators from ever accessing user passwords. The only information an administrator ever has access to is the information provided by members on their profiles. Ning appears to be as safe as Facebook and similar sites. Like these, users should use common sense.
- Kym applied for and received an EIN number from the IRS. I have seen documentation of this. The initial statement Kym made that the site was "organized as a non-profit" was inaccurate because the process was still underway. But no money was ever collected from anyone.
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