I expressed concern last night in two blogs. First that a new member, a self-professed warlock, was not an atheist. He assured me that he was. He undoubtedly had some strange ideas, but as the only prerequisite for membership on this site is atheism, I suggested that he look at some of our pagan groups or start one of his own.

Soon after, his blog disappeared. I think all of us assumed he had been banned.

Then somebody, I can't remember who, started a blog thanking Nexus for the deletion. I posted again saying that it concerned me that someone who said they were an atheist was deleted because we thought their ideas were 'wacky' - not dangerous or illegal, just wacky.

I woke this morning to find that blog had also been deleted.

Both deletions seemed contrary to the policies of this site, so I contacted Brother Richard.

Richard has made it clear to me, and wants it made clear to everyone that neither he, nor any other person representing Atheist Nexus was responsible for either deletion. The Wiccan was not banned, and the blog discussing the 'banning' of the Wiccan was not deleted by AN.

Brother Richard reaffirmed that the only prerequisite for membership of this site is a lack of belief in supernatural deities. Atheistic warlocks, wiccans, pagans, etc are not excluded from membership and are welcome on this site.

When someone withdraws their membership on Ning, all their posts disappear (this is not something that AN has any control over). This appears to be what happened.

I am delighted to know that AN remains a largely unmoderated and uncensored site (within reason) and that we are not indulging in the 'no true atheist' fallacy by denying membership to atheists with minority views.

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on July 19, 2009 at 8:34am
I reckoned Bro. Richard hadn't deleted that member, or the journal post relating to it.

Most who use the term"warlock" are sadly mistaken, and probably got it from watching too many bad films. The term means "oathbreaker" in Old English. Most Wiccans don't use the term, and find it pejorative. Many Satanists do use it. It's sort of like someone calling themself a "Druid".
Comment by Joey on July 18, 2009 at 9:01pm
I've never seen Richard do anything to make me think he's draconian, so I didn't assume deletion.
I just figured the guy flipped through a couple of blogs/discussions about woo, conspiracy theories, and psychics and deleted it before anyone could crucify him. ;)
Comment by Kristi Leitholt on July 18, 2009 at 8:54pm
I apparently missed all of this last night, but thanks for the explanation, Kristy. I can't stress enough how glad I am to have found a place where atheists can be themselves!

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