Former Board Members of We Are Atheism Speak Out

Last week, I posted about several concerns I had regarding the group We Are Atheism. They misled donors about their non-profit status, collected tens of thousands of dollars in the aftermath of tragedies to help victims and then redirected some of that money to individuals who had no connection to the events, and lacked the sort of accountability you’d expect from a non-profit group.

We Are Atheism’s President Lee Moore issued a response to my post earlier this week.

Since then, I’ve heard from several people involved with We Are Atheism (past and present), including four former board members who wanted to issue a formal statement to explain their own experiences with the organization.

Why bother? They told me they were concerned that the WAA board is making the same mistakes it had in the past in regards to co-founder Amanda Brown‘s behavior.

Brian Fields, one of the former board members, said:

I personally had no knowledge of what happened previously, and it seems to me that any reasonable board would take all of this behavior into account in deciding what to do going forward. Given that they don’t appear to be doing so, I believe that this statement may help put public pressure on We Are Atheism to get them to do what’s necessary to fix things.

With those board members’ permission, I’m publishing their statement below (with minor edits for clarity):

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35 Years After Saying Gay People Should Die, Bob Jones III Apologizes… While At Event Opposing LGBT Rights

35 years ago, Bob Jones University president Bob Jones III (below) made this statement about LGBT individuals:

“It would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.”

It wasn’t until this week that Jones, now the chancellor of the school, finally apologized for those remarks:

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All Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol

Late last year, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

At the time, she said this about her crime:

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A Compilation of Matt Dillahunty’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a compilation of Matt Dillahunty‘s best arguments and comebacks. (Likely the first of many such videos.)

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This Humanist Group’s Inclusion on the AFA’s Bigotry Map is “Nothing Short of Saintly”

We already know reporters can’t seem to find any reason various Humanist/LGBT/AARP groups were included on the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map.”

The American University Rationalists and Atheists (now known as the AU humanist Community) made the list — and they’re downright giddy about it:

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