I think I've been listening to SGU for about 7 years or so, and I've always enjoyed it. I'm not really a fan of Dawkin's writings and do not endorse or condemn any of his views. But hearing about this whole NECSS ordeal just makes me think that far too much of this movement is caught up in ideological purity and right-thinking. Maybe it always was. In any case, I'm unsubscribing from the podcast. If we can't have calm discussions and hear from those who we disagree with on political and social issues, this really is not a movement I want any part of. I think I get exposure to enough tiring culture war flareups on other sections of the internet. So long, and I wish the panel and everyone else the best.
So this guy, who I presume is not reading this, registered for this forum just to tell us that he has unsubscribed from a podcast he enjoyed for seven years, because he disagrees with a decision made by a committee that the host of the podcast happens to hold one seat on. He is leaving a movement whose principles (science and skepticism) he presumably believes in, just because the participants in this very broad movement cannot agree to always be nice to each other.
Pardon me for saying it, but anyone who thinks that the members of any broad movement can be at all times polite and courteous with each other is living in a fantasy world. Consider Christianity: A religion founded on the principle of love and non-judgementalism, whose supposed god/savior explicitly told them not to quarrel among themselves, has broken up into a gazillion factions that throughout history have slaughtered each other over questions of dogma. If they can't play nice, it's pretty silly to expect us to. I think we've done damn well, considering.
If I thought that mej322 was reading this, I'd tell him, unsubscribing from a fun, informative podcast that he says he enjoys, because he disagrees with a decision of an entirely separate, if affiliated, body, is his own loss. Nobody is hurt by his no longer listening, but himself. Pretty silly, if you ask me. And as far as "being a part of" the movement, if all you ever did was listen to a podcast, you aren't really a "member" of any movement. If you are reading this, mej322, goodbye and good luck to you. I can't say I'll miss you since in all these seven years, you never posted until now so I didn't know you existed. Good luck finding any group of even three people that never loses its temper at each other from time to time.