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Published on Jul 5, 2012
The short version, PZ Myers gave me his personal assurances that I would have the freedom to talk about whatever I wanted on freethoughtblogs. I did talk about an issue that I thought FTB was way off base on (addressing sexism at conferences), and PZ Myers kicked me because of it.
Further a friend has now informed me that freethoughtblogs is changing its policy, and they do not intend to repeat the 'mistake' of giving people the freedom to talk about whatever they want again. *SLOW HAND CLAP FOR FTBs*
You can send a tweet to PZ Myers by using @PZmyers
The longer version: Yup, PZ Myers wrote to me giving me an ultimatum, 'please resign' with the childishly obvious subtext, else we will ban you from freethoughtblogs.
I was actually stunned by this as this was the same man who less than six months earlier when we first discussed this in DC had given me his personal assurances that freethoughtblogs (yes there are witnesses willing to corroborate this) didn't try to control content, and we were free to talk about whatever we wanted. You have to remember that the origin of freethoughtblogs was because PZ Myers wanted somewhere where he could post free of the controls of Nat. Geo.
The betrayal of academic integrity over something as transient as a disagreement with the opinion of the plurality on freethoughblog on their political stance on feminism seemed to me, well I've got to be honest, unbelievable. I really expected the man to act with some sense of academic integrity, and not to jettison it completely at the first opportunity.
There is also a litany of other reason why I do not hold freethoughtblogs in high regard. Chief among these was their pressure on me to yield to someone WHO STATED THAT THEY WERE USING COPYRIGHT LAW (not for protection of copyright) BUT TO STIFFLE DEBATE. Yes, ftb were quite happy to enable the tactics used by the likes of VFX, kent hovind, answers in genesis and a horde of others to stifle debate. But thats a story for another day.