This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired after Allegations of Financial Conflicts and Sexual Assault

Buzzfeed News’s Peter Aldhous reports that American Atheists, one of the most prominent secular organizations in the U.S., abruptly terminated David Silverman as their president on Thursday. Silverman, who had been president of American Atheists since 2010 and was credited for increasing the organization’s publicity, has been accused of financial and sexual misconduct, including sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents. Aldhous writes, “Like many other communities in the #MeToo era, the atheist movement is undergoing a reckoning over the treatment of women in its ranks.”

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