That scepticism = atheism is really a claim that sceptical inquiry would conclude that there was no god - and that this would be so *in any conceivable universe*.It is utter and complete nonsense to say that atheists are necessarily, usually, typically or even very often making such a broad claim about every conceivable universe. There is no god in this universe; the inhabitants of other universes will have to decide for themselves. Every position that skeptics normally believe follows from skepticism hold only for this particular universe; nobody says that evolution or global warming must be true *in any conceivable universe*.
So confusing scepticism and atheism is a species of confusing method and conclusion.
Lippard also correctly identifies how atheism may be the result of other processes than scepticism. Adherence to certain political beliefs would be one of these, and these political beliefs may be founded on a rather uncritical and even anti-sceptical outlook. [boldface emphasis added]
Notice too the weasel words I've highlighted above. "May be" is a phrase for theologians, philosophers, politicians and advertising executives. Again, any position — evolution, vaccination, global warming — may be the result of processes other than skepticism. So what? Who actually does that? Name some names! And if they do, well, we skeptical atheists will be the first to laugh them off the floor.
And what the hell is with this "skepticism=atheism" construction? The claim is clear: skepticism leads to atheism. The use of the equals sign, which implies a symmetric relationship, is an egregious misrepresentation; Solan is not just a fool, he's a liar as well.
Remember, critics such as Lippard, Solan, etc., demand that skeptical atheists stop using the word "skepticism" in connection with atheism. They claim they are different things: one can be both skeptical and atheist, just as one can be skeptical and six feet tall, but the one has nothing to do with the other. If anyone wants to make that argument, let him or her actually make it, so we can examine the argument skeptically. But if you want to argue like a theologian, and lie like a creationist, you should expect mockery not just from atheists but from skeptics as well... at least those skeptics who take skepticism seriously.