Tracie, Jen, and John Iacoletti leave behind the ACA and the show.

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Tracie, Jen, and John Iacoletti leave behind the ACA and the show.

Tracie Harris, Jen Peeples and John Iacoletti announced their leave of the ACA and The Atheist Experience internet-based show. Unless this is some kind of belated April's fool's joke, this is disappointing news. Tracie has always been one of my favorite hosts on the show, Matt Dillahunty often recognizes her contribution across episodes. Did TAE just lose their only female hosts? I realize they have Jenna Belk scheduled for the next episode, but I don't believe she's a regular host. She's a guest. Of course, the whole Rationality Rules fiasco is another topic. I've heard Steve McRae say that ACA is a force against free thought, but I believe he may have been quoting someone else, I don't want to hold him to that. I'd like to hear thoughts from denizens, newcomers, anyone interested in any of these topics.

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Old man shouts at clouds's picture
Well, that's a bugger.

Well, that's a bugger.

Tin-Man's picture
Son of a..... Well, that just

Son of a..... Well, that just plain sucks ass. A tad bit worrisome, too, I might add.

Kafei's picture
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Randomhero1982's picture
Well I truly hope it's not

Well I truly hope it's not over the Rationality Rules issue, as it would be sad to see atheists not being able to put things behind them and simply moving on.

It could well be the show itself though...

I haven't watched The Athiest Experience in a very long as it is very repetitive, in that it's similar callers phoning in, stating they can prove 'God' or some garbage and failing to do so.

The morality question, logical argument, appeals to authority and all manner of other fallacious bollocks... that is the theistic arguement, everytime like clockwork.

And it's boring.

salieri's picture
I am a regular viewer of the

I am a regular viewer of the show.

Somebody on youtube likened atheist shows to kicking a dead dog. Perhaps Tracie and Jen are now tired of hearing and rebutting the same well worn arguments. In addition to that - very few theists are actually calling the show - and those who do call - are often repeat callers - lke Saad for example. Most callers are atheists and frankly it is starting to get a bit boring. I often find myself looking at shows that aired 10 years ago.

The RR issue has damaged them. They should really stick to their issue and not try to be a force for other issues.

Cognostic's picture
The fact that they are

The fact that they are leaving together smacks of some internal issue.

MinutiaeAccreted's picture
The "Rationality Rules"

The "Rationality Rules" fiasco was probably just a symptom of a greater malady. There was no justifiable reason that comments a guest host had made regarding transgender issues should have provoked some kind of partisan response from the ACA.

If you're truly an atheist community at heart, and someone is an atheist, is there any good reason to turn them away under that umbrella? The only possible reason the RR thing occurred is because the ACA started not taking itself literally enough and had become something other than a community of atheists.

And while the specific RR situation may have been able to be "gotten over," if there are larger problems developing because the ACA sees itself as some force for "good," and sees its own views as "the best there can be," then that's the kind of thing you don't just "get over." It needs fixing, or you leave.

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@AM Re: "The "Rationality

@AM Re: "The "Rationality Rules" fiasco was probably just a symptom of a greater malady..." (And all that followed.)

By golly, AM, that is probably the best explanation I have heard so far. Kudos.

qwerty0181's picture
I have only recently started

I have only recently started watching the show and Tracie has been one of my favourites so far (even when I disagree with her), shame she is leaving. I was hoping she'd be on the atheist experience sometime soon, and if she was, I would phone in. :P

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Was I was going to write,

Was I was going to write,

does anyone know if Tracie is going to do any other YouTube thing in the future? Does she have a personal blog? ty

Kafei's picture
Doesn't seem like it. Tracie

Doesn't seem like it. Tracie left the ACA, so that means no more Godless Bitches podcast as well. Tracie has expressed that she doesn't like debating, and that she'd rather have her Sundays back to tend her garden. She described her participation to Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist as being a soldier who doesn't like war, but feels the effort is necessary. Maybe she just couldn't take the heat, so she's tending the garden today.

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