A-News Podcast – Criticism of Atheism Plus

I was invited to appear as a guest on episode eight of the comedy/news/entertainment show ‘A-News’ alongside Brian Allen, Lee Moore, and Reap Paden to discuss the new movement known as Atheism Plus. The A-News Podcast is part of the Apartment J Entertainment network which also includes the comedy shows ‘Apartment J’ and ‘Digging Up The Dead.’

Within this comedy podcast, I — along with the Brian, Lee, and Reap — voice various concerns and criticisms concerning Atheism Plus and recent comments made by various bloggers who have voiced support for Atheism Plus.

As is the nature of a comedy/news show, this was a much different show compared to the podcast which I host. While the show contained thoughtful analysis and serious criticism, there were times in which the hosts exaggerated for effect and made some off-color comments.

Stream or download the episode here.

A-News is a comedy/news broadcast released by Apartment J Entertainment. We try to cover the facts and not the myths from an atheistic perspective.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.

  • Jim in AZ

    Great podcast. Oh, BTW, Carrier has another post up concerning A+. He reserves the right to call the rest of us names if we don’t support the new church.

  • Anonymous Lady

    On the one hand, I think both sides are behaving badly in this debate over sexism in the atheist movement. Concerns about sexual harassment should be taken seriously, and perhaps productive discussions could be made about how to make the atheist movement more inclusive of women and minorities. Perhaps atheist men could question assumptions in their thinking and not react in a defensive manner. However, I also think atheist feminists should refrain from name-calling and try to engage in discussion. I’ve seen immature behavior on both sides. If people don’t like what another person says, why not just ignore them?

    I do have to admit I agree with some elements of this podcast. The atheism movement is just one type of activism. Just as feminists are diverse, atheists are also diverse. A single person can be involved in many different social justice movements. Using myself as an example: feminism, reproductive rights, progressive politics, racial equality, gay and trans rights, secularism. People among the LGBT community have disagreements over bisexuality and transgenderism. Feminists don’t always agree on every issue either. Etc.

    Segregating the atheism movement into Atheism+ and others doesn’t seem productive in regards to changing it to be more woman-friendly. Someone may be an atheist and care about, say, racial equality or animal rights, but not other issues. Is this person still qualified to belong to Atheism+? I foresee disagreements about what exactly is necessary to belong to Atheism+.

    Though I don’t think calling Rebecca Watson a “moron” or “crazy” is the right way to go about criticizing her ideas. And an obsessive focus on criticizing female atheists and/or feminists can come across badly. It’s quite possible that certain women have exaggerated the hostility and sexism of atheist conventions, since I’ve never attended one.

    Either way, I think we need to work together to make the movement more inclusive for everyone, but segregation, namecalling, and elitism aren’t helpful.