" Over the years, I have been critical of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) and its parent organization, the Center for Free Inquiry. As a result of the particular interests of its founding generation, notably philosopher Paul Kurtz, CSI has routinely conflated scientific skepticism with secular humanism, going so far as to ostracize those who aren’t atheists from the skeptical movement. This tendency will only grow worse now that CFI has officially merged with the Richard Dawkins Foundation, another group that is officially dedicated to science and reason but is informally an atheist advocacy group. I think that it is a mistake to claim skepticism as a cadet branch of atheism.
I don’t need to rehash all of the reasons that I believe this, among them the fact that (a) skepticism is an activity, not a belief and (b) critical thinking can govern how to think about issues and evaluate alternatives, but it cannot make value judgments for us. It is not for me to tell people what conclusions to draw from evidence, or how to feel about it, but rather our goal should be to ensure that we agree on what constitutes evidence and the rules of logic that allow us to draw conclusions from it. To put it in plainer terms, we might consider the famous “trolley problem” in philosophy: A trolley moves down the track, about to strike three people. Flipping a switch would send it down another track, killing just one person. Do you actively intervene to kill one and save three? Does it matter if the one person is a famous scientist and the three are criminals? Science and reason can help us evaluate the facts and the consequences, but they cannot tell us how to feel about the intangible value of human life, of personal responsibility, etc. Those aren’t questions for science.
However, skeptics want to make them so. In the new edition of Skeptical Inquirer (March/April 2017), there are a number of somewhat disturbing articles that emphasize the “mission creep” that weakens the concept of critical thinking by marrying it too closely to the philosophy of secular humanism, to atheist advocacy, and to a generally misanthropic worldview that is deeply off-putting. It is a philosophy for an angry minority, primarily of bitter old men.. "
Pb-There are atheists, and there are fool atheists like the ones described here. That the price of pays for being a psuedo intellectual bottom feeder.