• Disgusting Intimidation Tactics Should Be Met With Public Resistance

    Say something negative about PZ Myers (even in jest) and he may well expose you and encourage his allies to harass you by contacting your employer:

    I think the UW hospital should know what one of their doctors does in her spare time, so I’m not going to shy away from mentioning her name.

    And they will.

    I would call this dropping docs, but that term doesn’t seem to quite cover it this time around.

    Contacting someone’s employer in an attempt to interfere with their career is a whole other level of crossing the line, the sort of thing that is only justified if you believe they are truly a danger to those around them (e.g. serial murderers, child rapists, bronies). As opposed to, say, someone making an obviously unserious joke about sexually-transmitted infections, in admittedly poor taste, on a website dedicated primarily to making bad jokes in poor taste.

    The keyboard warriors for identitarian intersectional feminism will justify deploying this (hitherto verboten) line of personal attack in the same way that they typically justify personal attacks, to quote Irving Janis:

    The member’s firm belief in the inherent morality of their group and their use of undifferentiated negative stereotypes of opponents enable them to minimize decision conflicts between ethical values and expediency, especially when they are inclined to resort to violence. The shared belief that “we are a wise and good group” inclines them to use group concurrence as a major criterion to judge the morality as well as the efficacy of any policy under discussion. “Since our group’s objectives are good,” the members feel, “any means we decide to use must be good.” This shared assumption helps the members avoid feelings of shame or guilt about decisions that may violate their personal code of ethical behavior. Negative stereotypes of the enemy enhance their sense of moral righteousness as well as their pride in the lofty mission of the in-group.

    Sound familiar? Whenever you see the “social justice” faction within freethought resorting to ever more unethical attacks in order to intimidate and silence their critics, you can be confident that expediency will take priority over whatever ethical values they have left to hand, as their opponents are so thoroughly demonized so as to be considered fair game.

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    Article by: Damion Reinhardt

    Former fundie finds freethought fairly fab.
    • Edward Gemmer

      Pretty sure the idea that these clowns support women has jumped the shark

      • whatever

        “We had to burn the women to save the women” — Hon. PZ Myers and Amanda Marcotte Troop 378.

    • Brive1987

      The Watson petition – requesting a doxxer be removed from the Bay Area Science Festival is here: https://www.change.org/p/bay-area-science-festival-remove-rebecca-watson-from-bay-area-science-festival-program

      Only needs 14 more to reach 500 target.

      • whatever

        That’s odd, or maybe change.org is odd. A few days ago the petition was closed.

      • I like the way that petition is written. No nonsense, no padding, just the facts and the norms at stake.

    • Skep tickle

      Let’s consider for a moment the idea that, in the 21st century, “[a person’s employer] should know what [lawful activity] one of their [employees] does in her spare time”.

      Let’s then stir in shaming & behavior control among supposed advocates of “freethought”.

      Finally, let’s finish with a thick icing of hypocrisy from those who purport to care deeply about “social justice” and “feminism”.

      Antacids, anyone?

      • I remember when they did this to Abbie Smith, too. Nothing says “empowering women” quite like trying to take successful science professionals down a peg.

      • 5ulman

        I totally agree, Damion. However, I don’t think they’ve ever been about empowering women. They can’t be when they have not done a single thing towards that goal.

      • Benjamin Wiseman

        Well you know, empowering women only works if the bitches know their place.

    • fuzzywhatsis

      Did you just prescribe medicine on the internet?

    • You might want to check your facts: http://www.skepticink.com/avant-garde/2012/10/13/atheism-plus-we-are-atheists/

      Remember Michael Payton? They’ve been at this “whole other level of crossing the line” for quite a long time. It’s part of their MO.

    • Benjamin Wiseman

      If this were the good old days, the SJWs would be burning heretics. It’s the same mentality. You’re either with us competing for ultimate piety, or you deserve nothing but death.
      End SJW scum – give them nothing but ridicule, and never let them have even a small victory. If SJW nonsense appears on your feed – counter it with logic. Do not let them continue poisoning society with puritanical bullocks. Seriously.