If you’re an atheist and you don’t know the name Phil Ferguson, go ahead and store it in your memory bank. This won’t be the last time you’ve heard his name.
Phil Ferguson is the brain behind Skeptic Money, an atheist blog that covers all kinds of topics, including how to be skeptical about where to invest your hard-earned money.
He is also responsible for organizing a lot of atheist get togethers, like the trip to the Creation Museum, a great big student secular group in Champaign, Illinois.
Phil is one of those behind the scenes guys who when you’re in the industry you know they’re there. But a lot of times, they get overlooked because there are people stealing the limelight for some reason or another. Like, their blog is bigger. Or their celebrity status is more … um, celebrity.
Kid you not, Phil is one of the leaders of the atheist movement.
I met Phil because he organized the debate between Dinesh D’Souza and John Loftus. We bonded over the trip, and I remember him opening up to me that his kids were getting a religious upbringing. But before a recent post over at his blog, I didn’t realize the enormity of his kids’ religious upbringings.
Go check out his post where he outs himself as a, well, a hypocrite. Initially, he wanted his kids to be well-rounded with a decent understanding of religion. He probably wanted his kids to be accepted in a place where religion is paramount to social acceptance. But religion can grapple a tight, ugly hold on kids. And it was better that he realized it sooner than later.
I have been an atheist since I was 13 but shortly after having kids I spent 5 years pretending to be a christian – a fundamentalist christian. The kids were going to church and Sunday school every week, sometimes more than once a week. I was a methodist as a kid and was not worried. I thought that it would be nice for them to know about religion and never thought that it would take over their minds. Everyone told them that the crazy was true and I kept silent. I was an atheist raising fundamentalist kids. Just a few short years after I stopped pretending they have both come out as atheists.