We were approached by a group calling themselves The Skeptic Illuminati and asked to post the following, as several of the qualities they are looking for in members have been discussed on this blog. An open letter to all who identify as Skeptics:
On April 6th, Rebecca Watson posted an entry on Skepchick about Lawrence Krauss, who had been quoted in a Daily Beast article defending his friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein had been embroiled in a sex scandal involving underage girls, and Dr. Krauss, in the quote, expressed his skepticism of the allegations of sex trafficking and pedophilia that had been made. Rebecca mercilessly ridiculed Krauss for what she saw as an abuse of science and skepticism in the service of sexism and denial of criminal behavior. That blog post, and the many comments that followed, touched a nerve -- in fact, multiple nerves -- for me. To explain why, I need to tell you about my background:
Over the last few months, I have spent a great deal of time reading blogposts and comments on skeptical sites on the Internet, and one important fact has become readily apparent: that many in our community aren't aware of one of the most important things a skeptic should know.