Essay: Open letter to Dan Barker

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Dear Dan Barker,

Writing on the sexism within the atheist community, atheist Victoria Bekiempis wrote in a Guardian article entitled Why the New Atheism is a boys' club:

Annie Laurie Gaylor, who founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor, in 1978, sums it up succinctly: “One word — sexism.” Gaylor’s husband, Dan Barker, who helms the organization along with her, is usually the one invited to speaking engagements, despite her longer tenure as the organization’s leader and her numerous books on atheism.[1]

Both you are your wife are left of center politically. As such, you both likely believe in equality of outcome and not merely equality of opportunity. And when you look at the Google Trends data below, it is very apparent that you have public recognition to a much higher degree than your wife who actually has more tenure in the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

So what are you going to do to change this state of affairs, Mr. Barker? If you wish to be a consistent liberal/leftist, for the sake of equality your wife should get more of the limelight which would allow her to achieve parity in terms of public recognition. That is if you wish to be consistent. You do want to be a consistent person, Mr. Barker, don't you?

Dan Barker Google Trends data contrasted with Annie Laurie Gaylor's data

According to Google Trends, there are considerably more Google searches for Dan Barker than Annie Laurie Gaylor. In addition, according to Google Trends from January 2004 to January 2020, there was a considerable decline of search volume for Dan Barker than Annie Laurie Gaylor.

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