I’ve been getting hits from a Storify by Damion Reinhardt, one of the hosts of Oklahoma Atheists’ Godcast and Justin Vacula buddy. So I decided to take a look. I found a remarkable bit of obtuseness.
(Read it at Storify if your browser doesn’t load it.)
Reinhardt somehow “missed the memo” that Vacula advocates for the little culture of abuse we’ve got going here? Really? How?
Where was Reinhardt when Vacula was hanging out with people who were digging through my four-year-old blog posts for “dirt” while still claiming that no, no one was cyberstalking me; it was all just “criticism”?
Where was Reinhardt when Vacula was claiming that if I didn’t like the “nastiness”, it was my job to “get out of the kitchen”?
Where was Reinhardt when Vacula mentioned the hate we receive, then promptly turned around and minimized it all as “dissent” and “criticism”?
Where was Reinhardt when Vacula justified all the harassment and cyberstalking as a reaction to “call-out culture”?
Where was Reinhardt when Vacula blamed Ophelia for the namecalling she received?
That’s a hell of a “somehow”, especially since Reinhardt was right there for parts of it, commenting on Vacula’s blog posts and videos. I have theory, though. There is one little thing that might keep Reinhardt from noticing that Vacula was advocating for that culture of abuse.
He didn’t notice because he was too busy doing exactly the same thing himself. This is the guy, after all, who decided he needed pile on the hyperbole to champion the slime pit when I suggested people needed to renounce it if their goal was “dialogue” with me. This is the guy who called the slime pit (yes, that slime pit) the “loyal opposition”.
So, really, there’s no surprise at all that he won’t see what Vacula is doing right out in the open. Though it is still a bit weird that he’d be willing to not just put that bit of blindness in writing, much less capture it for posterity. But hey, I’m well past bothering to try to figure out why these guys do what they do.