According to departing bloggers and their manager, Dale McGowan, the nonreligious channel has been steered away from criticizing religion.
Fifteen bloggers left the site in the last days of 2021, including Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist. He stated “The writing on the wall was that unless you’re prepared to say nice things about religion you need to find a new outlet.”
Adam Lee, who wrote the “Daylight Atheism” blog for Patheos, said, “What they were asking of us was not compatible with the editorial tone we had taken until then.” He added “Many of us felt this would require an editorial shift to such an extent as to make our blogs unrecognizable.” If one were to visit the nonreligious channel today, it's considerably more spacious than it used to be.
Everyone who left Patheos can now be found at OnlySky, where Dale McGowan will be their new editor and chief. The site will launch sometime this month.
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