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Regardless of the organization they have infiltrated, everything regarding female representation is always wrong, no matter what. Every complaint, when met with a fix, is simply just flipped into a complaint about the fix. When trying to appease a feminist, one will find himself/herself in a no-win scenario where everything is problematic because... feelings. If it FEELS wrong to a feminist it is wrong. This is the logic we're up against. There is literally no winning, there is no appeasing, there is only the victim and the oppressor. Is this the world we want to live in?
—Armoured Skeptic, definitely not overgeneralizing feminists as crazy from a small sample size[1]

Armoured Skeptic[note 1] (also Sir Skeptalot, AJ,[note 2] and in-real-life, Gregory Fluhrer[2]) is an atheist YouTuber who attacks religious fundamentalists, conspiracy theorists, anti-atheism arguments, and feminists. Most skeptics like the first three; somewhat fewer like the latter. In general, his channel has (d)evolved from atheist content to skeptic content to antifeminist/anti-"SJW" content.

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[edit] Life

Armoured Skeptic's life, according to Armoured Skeptic:[3][1]

As a child, AS was a member of a Messianic Jewish cult. Armoured Skeptic describes the members as very nice people, but extremely deluded. After watching videos from thunderf00t, TheAmazingAtheist, and CultOfDusty, he questioned his beliefs and ended up becoming an atheist.

The first atheist group that AS joined was an "Atheism+" group which promoted societal equality.[1] For questioning their ideas, said group doxxed him and told his boss that he was a rapist, which nearly got him fired. Exact words: "I personally was called a rape apologist because I denied there was a rape culture and I was called a rapist because I denied that consensual drunk sex was in any way a form of rape."[1] As a result, he considers Atheism+ to be almost a cult and created the Armoured Skeptic channel to combat Atheism+, but says that he has ultimately gone towards a more generally anti-bullshit channel.

[edit] YouTube career

As of January 2016, his four YouTube channels had (combined) over 210,000 subscribers[note 3] and 10.1 million views.[4][5] This is pretty impressive, given that his channel is about two years old; compare e.g. Ray Comfort, who has 36 million views over 10 years.

The atheist community appears to have reacted positively to AS, with several endorsements.[6][7][8] He is listed as one of the Richard Dawkins Foundation's "Secular Stars",[9] along with Sam Harris, Hemant Mehta, and The Atheist Experience.

[edit] Anti-religion

AS's main body of work consists of rebuttals to creationist, Christian arguments videos by his character (a guy in a modern suit and a knight helmet).

Notable videos:

[edit] Anti-bullshit

AS also does some generally anti-bullshit videos:

[edit] General problems

AS does not post any sources on his videos, which would be quite useful for proving that he's right or wrong on scientific issues. While he does sometimes highlight sections of webpages or videos that he thinks help prove this point, this is vastly less useful than the relevant links. In this way, he all too often relies on snark and assertion to make his points.

[edit] Politics

AS heavily opposes "identity politics" in atheism, which here largely means Atheism+ and feminism.[11] For example, he writes:[1]

The leaders [of Atheism+] gave voices to only a select few bloggers and celebrities. These bloggers would express opinions about what kind of problems exist in society and when commenters would ask questions about specifics or disagree with a single point in a blog, the commenters would get banned, bashed, berated, attacked, doxed, publicly shamed or called a rapist. It wouldn't matter if one were to agree with the over-all point of the blog, if one disagreed or questioned one small part than that person was basically Hitler to the rest of the community.

Atheism+ was supposed to bring the atheist community together, but instead it ripped it in two. The worst part is that many of the famous atheists, Steve Shives, Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and many others who helped me come out of religion and taught me to use logic and reason to come to my decisions had all thrown out basic logic and reason and embraced a feminist mindset. Be skeptical, unless it's about feminism, be logical, unless it's about feminism, be reasonable, unless it's about feminism, debate ideas you disagree with, unless it's feminism. Someone disagree with you? Call them an MRA, misogynist, rapist or a terrible human being that is on the wrong side of history.

[edit] Feminism

AS claims that feminism is invading the atheist community and dividing Hollywood (and popular culture).[1] He wonders how skeptics fail to apply that skepticism to feminism.[1] That said, he says he doesn't mind feminism and wants evidence to support what feminism is saying.[1] Perhaps the gender wage gap is insufficient (which he thinks it is).

Yes, fuck, Jesus, women as a whole make less then men as a whole. Everyone knows this. The part that continues to fly over your head is that less women are in STEM fields... Women aren't allowed to join STEM you say? NO! They're actively encouraged to join, but somehow there are less women then men. Maybe... and bear with me... maybe they CHOSE not to join. Maybe women are flocking to gender studies and other useless degrees instead of getting into technology and engineering. Women are the reason the wage-gap exists, not the patriarchy. The point is, the fact that the gap exists does not mean something needs to be done about it. That's a non-sequitur and you know it. Feminism is about empowering women to choose. You're witnessing the result of their choice. Lets say we DO decide to fix this issue. Why not start at the ground up? Let's ensure there are as many women in sewage jobs as men, lets make sure there are as many women in mining jobs as men, lets ensure there are as many women driving big-rig trucks as men... then when the foundation is laid we will get more women into CEO positions.
—Armoured Skeptic, comment on youtube video "Is the Gender Pay Gap Real?" by vlogbrothers

His reply video to one of Steve Shives (where Shives argues that "Atheism and feminism are complementary to one another") is titled "Feminism is My God Now" and argues, in part, that "the only people I hear en masse perpetuating the concept that women are not equal to men are third wave feminists".[12] PZ Myers heavily criticized this video.[13] In Armoured Skeptic's response video to Shives,[14] he argued against his criticism; the anti-feminists and MRAs had a roaring time in his comment section. He claims that Shives didn't properly criticize his work,[14] which is justifiable as Shives neglected to address and debunk his points properly in his criticism.[13] But considering Shives didn't even respond to him, this straw man is too obvious. In a tweet he said "[he was called by Shives] misogynist and anti-feminist for disagreeing with a feminist".[14] Shives' accusation of anti-feminism, at least, was also justifiable as Armoured Skeptic played the same arguments as many anti-feminists: a prime example being his claim that the gender pay gap should be questioned.[12]

Armoured Skeptic believes that Anita Sarkeesian is a "mouthpiece" for "extreme left nonsense," and that Christina Hoff Sommers is a 2d wave feminist trying to "reconcile 3rd wave feminists with reality."[15]

AS is dating fellow YouTube antifeminist Shoe0nHead and they collaborate often. He's also close friends with Sargon of Akkad.

[edit] Gamergate

AS calls himself "neutral" towards Gamergate, though he believes the movement genuinely started as a response to gaming ethics (which ruffles feathers on just about every side) and buys the entire lie of sex in exchange for reviews. He believes Joss Whedon left twitter because of feminist critics harassing him on Twitter,[16] although Whedon himself claims otherwise.[17] Finally, he worries about excessive "social activism" in gaming, believing that games should not dabble in politics of any kind.[18]

[edit] Thoughts on RationalWiki

Decidedly negative, questions its name:[19][20][21]

You should never use Rational Wiki as a source for anything... ever...[22]
Congratulations, RationalWiki. [....] This website is not in the least bit biased. Certainly not what you'd expect from a website that considers itself "Rational".[23]

Admittedly, at the time, RationalWiki's entry on him only mentioned him as a Gamergater and conspiracist.[24] Since he's fallen much more off the deep end, his entry has been expanded into an entire article.

Even after being reached out to,[25] he considers it a one-sided relationship, more on him being mute rather than RationalWiki being unresponsive. On ask.fm, he gave the following reply:

Q: Have you seen rationalwiki and if so what are your thoughts on it?
A: Yeah, its a one-sided clusterfuck.[26]

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Notes

  1. Note the "U"; he hails from Ontario, Canada.
  2. Not his real name; apparently a reference to his dog.
  3. This assumes that 100% of the subscribers were different people between the four channels, which is unlikely.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 http://armouredmedia.com/blog/identity-and-gender-politics-every-community
  2. http://armouredmedia.com/contact-us
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oKfWapjNCA&feature=youtu.be&t=24s
  4. https://www.youtube.com/user/armouredskeptic/about
  5. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf1iroepad-o5w2il-06Gjg/about
  6. http://atheistpapers.com/2015/03/04/the-armoured-skeptic-the-best-youtube-channel-yes/
  7. http://www.mysecretatheistblog.com/2014/08/canadian-youtuber-armoured-skeptic-is.html
  8. http://godlessmom.com/follow-friday-ethical-bob-the-armoured-skeptic-godswill-ministries/
  9. https://richarddawkins.net/community/secularstars/thearmouredskeptic/
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaDeiBRifm8
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0E1MVwN0Fs
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLMdXzy9gxA
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/12/15/oh-crap-another-youtube-misogynist
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU-RT6kJpZI
  15. http://ask.fm/ArmouredSkeptic/answers/127979641691
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOwPpYqAnOY
  17. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/joss-whedon-explains-why-he-793852
  18. He rarely talks about how social justice activism is involved in gaming, however.
  19. https://m.ask.fm/ArmouredSkeptic/answers/129874504795
  20. https://m.ask.fm/ArmouredSkeptic/answers/129872209243
  21. https://m.ask.fm/ArmouredSkeptic/answers/129874504795
  22. https://twitter.com/ArmouredSkeptic/status/598909079554269184
  23. https://youtu.be/JaNhi800KT8?t=566
  24. http://rationalwiki.org/w/index.php?title=RationalWiki:Vlogroll&oldid=1508254#Controversial_secularists
  25. https://twitter.com/ZeroSerenity/status/634818401441964033
  26. https://m.ask.fm/ArmouredSkeptic/answers/133671909211
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