The structured dialogue process to move beyond the recent rifts in the atheist and skeptic communities has now started at http://atheistskepticdialogue.com
Thank you to everyone who has helped to bring the process this far. Based on the opening statements, I am optimistic that we can have a constructive dialogue.
It is a dialogue between individuals, not between imagined monolithic groups, and the power of any outcomes will lie in their content and how they were formulated, and not in any assumed authority.
It is aimed at those of us who want to move beyond the rifts and to build strong, inclusive, caring and supportive atheist and skeptic communities and groups, that promote robust and rational debate of issues while avoiding needlessly hurting people.
It is not aimed at people who want to escalate the hostilities, or who want to continue to cause unnecessary hurt to other people.
When you get to the site, please read the tabs on purpose, agenda, structure and how to participate before you make any comments.
Please comment as an individual responding to individuals, and state where you agree with people who are perceived as being on a different perceived ‘side’.
If you want to discuss the dialogue here, please feel free to do so.
If you are discussing it here, I am requesting that you please voluntarily refrain from attacking other people while the dialogue process is ongoing, in order to help to give it the best chance of success.
Overall, I am optimistic that we can combine the best contributions of many good people, on all perceived ‘sides’ of the rifts, to recapture the potential that we had two years ago to advocate for atheism, secularism, skepticism and science.