As PZ Myers recently mentioned, Richard Carrier’s lawsuit against Freethought Blogs, The Orbit, and others was dismissed, but there are still legal bills to be paid. The GoFundMe Page is still up, and we still need donations. There are two fundraising auctions on Strderr’s blog: Auction 1 and Auction 2.
This case, to me, was yet another example of a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP). These weak cases aren’t meant to correct stories, but to intimidate and bankrupt anyone who dares to be critical of the plaintiff. In my writing experience, I’ve received legal threats. One for an editorial I wrote that was critical of Iowa City Council candidate. The other was in response to the first weredeer article I wrote. Years after that article, I noticed a well-connected law firm checking out many of my posts. I’ll admit it was intimidating, and I’ve been fortunate. It also helps that Illinois has an anti-SLAPP law. I can, however, understand people who could be pressured into silence by the mere threat of a SLAPP suit.
So I strongly encourage everyone who reads my blog to consider contributing to this legal defense fund. Because while I am not a free speech absolutist, legal intimidation tactics, like this suit, have no place in any democracy.