October 3, 2012

Skeptic Blogs Rebrands and Vacula Condemned

NewsWork has taken over way too much of my life recently, and I suspect that my trust desktop computer may finally be on its way out. As a result, I've missed out on many of the recent happenings in the atheist community. Here's two examples I thought were worth sharing in case you missed them too.

Skeptic Blogs

Remember the new blog network started by John Loftus? It seemed to disappear completely, as my links to the various blogs no longer worked. What happened?

After about 10 minutes of searching, I discovered that they decided to rebrand the whole network, changing all the links in the process. They are now Skeptic Ink. Cool name, and I hope the abrupt change doesn't hurt their traffic for long.

Justin Vacula Feels the Heat

Blogger and atheist activist, who happens to be on the Skeptic Ink network, Justin Vacula is the subject of the second bit of news worth sharing. He was recently selected to serve as co-chair of the Pennsylvania state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America (SCA). Congrats to Justin. But that is only half the story.

It seems that several people associated with "atheism plus" and Freethought Blogs (FtB) are really angry over the choice of Justin for this position. Numerous blog posts have been written condemning Justin, and one FtB blogger (Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds) launched an online petition to the SCA asking that he be removed. As of now, this petition has 816 signatures.

H/T to emilyhasbooks