Atheist Activist: Modern Atheist Movement Is 'Elitist,' Lacks Concern for Poor
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter
February 5, 2013
An interfaith atheist activist has claimed that the modern atheist movement in the United States and Europe lacks concern for the poor. Walker Bristol, a blogger for The Huffington Post, wrote an essay posted on Saturday arguing that the "new atheism" of the 21st century has been rightly stereotyped as "elitist" and "self-satisfied."
"The atheist movement, in composition and purpose, has in the last decade failed to demonstrate a meaningful dedication to fighting economic inequality and building a safe space for nontheists regardless of their socioeconomic class," wrote Bristol.
Roy Speckhardt, executive director for the American Humanist Association, told The Christian Post that "Bristol raises issues that are relevant in some ways but not others."
"Humanists have a long history of unapologetically recognizing great scholarship and intellectual achievement. That's why American Humanist Association awardees are peppered with Nobel Prize winners," said Speckhardt.