NJS I won't presume to answer for Cantleave and others, so I will post my feelings on this, but what is annoying to rational thinking people is when assertions are made with no proof.
Atheists, if you look up the meaning, do not "believe". "Belief" in the meaning of trusting that something is true without proof.
We do not "believe" in Evolution, because of the overwhelming proof we trust that the Theory (Theory in the Scientific sense) is sound.
I do not ever myself attack individuals, and I don't see that a personal attack has happened in this old thread, what is held up to scrutiny are the irrational unproven, and therefore silly, beliefs of people like Mr May. The beliefs are fair game for ridicule, never the person.
I have the utmost respect for what John May , and his friend did, was his friend Mr Merryweather or similar ? or is the old memory playingtricks?
I know they had a huge effect in Ireland, by their courageous actions they planted many seeds that bore fruit.
They went to N.Y and tried to get answers, they were treated in the usual way by the W.T, what a disgusting, dishonest organization, in so many ways !