Readers may, or may not, know that in the skeptic/atheist blogosphere there are lots of arguments going on, a lot of it focused on FreeThoughtsBlogs and Skepchick, such that some have taken to calling them FreeThoughtBullies. Most of this stems over arguments over sexism and misogyny within the atheist/skeptic movement, which is an a problem.
I've not followed all of the arguments, because there are 24 hours in a day, and (especially as the whole thing's rather dispiriting) I'd much rather spend my time doing other things. One of which is reading articles on FTB, amongst other things. I'm not as regular reader as I used to be, but I like to dip in and out, and when I did, tt was a shame to read that the arguments over FTB have led to Jen McCreight hanging up her blogging hat for the indefinite future - it was she that got the Atheism+ thing moving.
A lot of people seem to poor vitriol on FreeThoughtsBlogs for their "bullying" behaviour. Now, as I've said, I've not been able to keep up with all the flame wars over this in the blogosphere, but when an anti-FTB sentiment like this pops up in my blog roll, it seems full of accusations, but empty of actual evidence for their claims, yet when I read about what's happening on the other side I'm genuinely shocked that people can act in such a way. It makes the "FreeThoughtBullies" thing seem laughable.
Even in the case of Thunderf00t, a blogger who joined FreeThoughtsBlogs, but left in acrimonious circumstances, reading his version of events vs the FTB version of events, it seems to me that FTB is the more reasonable side, and not deserving of the abuse.
It's not easy being on the end of vitriol and bullying, and whilst there's not much I can do, speaking out against bullies is something I can do. So I just thought I'd spend a moment to stick up for a bunch of bloggers whose posts I've been reading of and on for years because they've highlighted stories that have informed me, entertained me, and made me think.
It's a shame to see Jen McCreight go, but I hope the buggers don't grind the rest of you down.