Atheists for freedom are anti-vax
There are a number of atheist organizations that work to promote atheism and protect the rights of atheists. Some of them are good, like the Religious Freedom Foundationothers are more problematic, and some are downright awful.
Into the latter group falls Atheists for Liberty, a right-wing organization that participates in CPAC, and has David P. Silverman as chairman of the advisory board.
As their pinned tweet shows, they take pride in both of those things.
If there’s any doubt about how awful the organization is as a whole, just take a look at the books it promotes and the words it uses to sell them.
It’s almost a literal who’s who of horrible people connected to atheism (others can be found in the organization board of directors)
Looking at the Atheists for Freedom website, I wasn’t surprised to see that their main cause right now is to allow atheists to get exemptions from the vaccination mandate. They express this in the argument that only allowing religious exemptions discriminates against atheists, but instead of trying to get religious exemptions removed, they are instead trying to expand them, showing they support anti-vaxers. .
Atheists for Liberty writes on their website:
Vaccination mandate equality project
Atheists for Liberty takes a strong stance on vaccination mandates: Atheists should be treated the same. Throughout this country, atheists, such as our client/member Patrick Wilmers who oppose the Covid vaccine, are fired, while their religious counterparts are allowed to stay due to “religious exemptions”. This broad policy, as promoted by the US government, effectively eliminates atheists from the workforce while allowing religious people to stay. It is religious discrimination and it is illegal.
Without question, it would set a national precedent – we would effectively lose a right – the right to equal treatment – and it would surely be used against us in the future as a precedent for even more erosion.
We simply cannot bear and let our rights be reduced on the pretext of security. Civil rights still matter, even and especially in difficult times. Atheists for Liberty ALONE (so far) works to advocate equal protection under the law for atheists with regards to vaccination mandates. We are seeking plaintiffs, attorneys and your financial support for this important effort.
On the face of it, it may seem reasonable to say that it is discriminatory to allow religious, but not secular, exemptions, but the correct remedy would be to work for the removal of religious exemptions, not to allow atheists not to be vaccinated when working in nursing jobs or working with other people in large companies. This probably explains why atheists for freedom are “ONLY” working for it.
One of CPAC’s atheists for freedom was transbigot and Trump fan Arielle Scarcella, who actively promotes anti-vax propaganda by retweeting it.
All in all, it’s pretty clear that Freedom Atheists are anti-vax, but I guess that’s not surprising for a group that has a notorious bigot and anti-vax promoter, James Lindsay, in its advisory board.