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.