Sunday, February 17, 2008
An open letter to the Blogging Tories' Stephen Taylor.
What the fuck? No, seriously, what the fuck? Because, this time, we really need to talk, and I think you know what it's about.
It's about this.
Yeah, that would be one Peter Csillag -- a member of your Blogging Tories -- seriously proposing a program of enforced sterilization.
Wow. Just ... wow.
Now I'm sure Peter meant well in that he was suggesting to sterilize only bad people, but I can't help but be reminded of another time when castration and sterilization was meant to apply only to undesirables and, as best I recall, that didn't turn out all that well.
So (and how can I put this diplomatically?) what in God's name are you thinking these days? I mean, seriously, one would think that you'd at least be trying to tread carefully, given that one of your star bloggers, Kate McMillan, thinks the Holocaust is good for a chuckle. But, Jesus Christ, Stephen, at this point, one has to wonder if you have any limits at all when it comes to membership in the BTs and what you're prepared to publish under that banner.
Really, one doesn't have to work terribly hard to fill several web pages with examples of Blogging Tory racism and misogyny (not to mention just plain scientific illiteracy), but even I'm a bit taken aback by a proposal that Adolf Hitler would be proud of. And the saddest part?
Well, it's that your Mr. Csillag pretty quickly figured out that he'd crossed some kind of line and disappeared that post down the memory hole, but there's been absolutely no reaction from you. Come on, Steve, don't you think that something that vile and loathsome from one of your own members deserves -- what -- perhaps a bit of a mea culpa? At least a tiny apology and a promise that something like that won't happen again?
But it doesn't work that way with the Blogging Tories, does it, Stephen? No, no, it doesn't. When someone finally slips up and lets loose their inner wingnut, the best we can expect is something along the lines of, "Well, I guess that didn't go over well, Delete Post, and movin' on ..."
Thank goodness for Google Cache, eh, Stephen? Because, little by little, we're collecting quite the collection of homophobic, misogynistic, white supremacist output from your little playground over there. And the most frightening aspect of all of it? It doesn't seem to phase you even a little.
I find that just a little bit disturbing, Stephen. But, then again, that's just me.