other godless heathens, I viewed the launch of Atheist Nexus, a new social
networking site billed as “The Atheist Facebook,” as a welcome development.
I’ve long seen the biggest challenge facing nontheists, particularly in
disturbing evidence has come to light suggesting the site may not be all that
it seems. For one, the site shares the same fax number, mail server, and domain
name registrant as something called the
We have seen a steady increase in uncommon and deadly events around the world - most recently, the quake in
China and the cyclone in Myanmar. This is a call to prayer for the suffering and the hurting. God is calling us all to humble ourselves before Him in prayer. We may not understand what is happening; we may not have answers for anyone asking. One thing we should know without a shadow of doubt is that God loves the world and all who are in it. Let's join forces and pray for those in China and Myanmar .
Let's lift them up before God and ask that He comforts those who need comfort and bring healing to those who need it. Let's pray for the little boys and girls who have lost their parents, and for the everyone who has lost someone or something.
To his credit, Membe has been out front to try to address the concerns and assuage fears of Atheist Nexus registrants that they have unwittingly signed on to some sort of surreptitious fundie prospecting service that looks to win back the unfaithful. In a letter posted to the LifeWithoutFaith site, Membe declares that he only recently left the ranks of believing Christians and credits reading Dawkins and Harris for his de-conversion. The DCC site, he says, is one that he built as a Web freelancer, but it does not represent his current religious outlook, which he describes as:
Now, I am free from the idiocy of religion. And because I have always stood up for what I believe, I did not think twice about investing my time and effort to create Atheist|Nexus. While some of my language and mannerisms might show through as “religious”, you can be sure that’s only because I have spent the greater part of life speaking that way. I understand completely the questions that people have raised. There is still work to be done, and I am open to learning what I can from the 1000+ freethinkers on this site.
efforts to reestablish trust, Membe has tapped LifeWithoutFaith’s Brother
Richard to serve as administrator of Atheist Nexus, and he had a personal
sit-down with Phil Pherguson of CUFree.net to discuss concerns and vouch for
his own sincerity.
I’d like to believe Membe is above board, and I hope this little foofaraw doesn’t detract from the worthy goal of helping atheists network with one another. But I can’t argue too much if my fellow nonbelievers feel the Atheist Nexus brand is compromised and choose to focus that goal elsewhere. As in all things, a healthy skepticism would not be out of order.