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So I just found out that Stephanie Zvan did another one of her vanity searches on twitter and even though I don’t even mention her name, she includes my tweets in her storify claiming harassment. She adds commentary deciding she knows what occurred between myself and Melody Hensley. She is wrong.
Stephanie decided she knows what happened last year when I changed my mind about not going to WIS. Maybe she ought to talk to Melody (if they are actually still talking, one can’t keep up these days). Melody shows as “Facebook User” because she blocked me right after this conference last year when I supported her boss Ron Lindsay after the great speech brouhaha.
So, I will let the readers decide who is being reasonable and rational and who is being abusive. Fun fact, I have never posted in the slymepit. I have never even registered at that forum. I haven’t even read it in months. Additionally, I am not sure how to disavow a video by Renee that she didn’t make. Oh, I also learned that I spend my time harassing Skepchik through twitter. WHO KNEW??
Katie is fed up with the bullying of the Skepchiks and one in particular,
Rebecca Watson (and a lot of her following, really) is a cyber bully. Plain and simple. For a (semi) recent example, see this. Sara pointed out a very legitimate point but instead of discussing that point in a logical and interesting manner Rebecca just attacks her. I have seen this happen a number of times with Rebecca and other people on the skepchick network. When people point out a legit problem they attack instead of thoughtfully engage.
She has decided enough is enough and quit her position as a Teen Skepchik to return to the site The Canadian Atheist.
She has pointed out that if you disagree with Rebecca or her minions that you will be eaten alive-
Go try and disagree with Rebecca or someone on that site (or off the site) and see how fast the skepchick network minions jump on you and eat you alive.
I suggest that is because of the crossover of commenters that pollinate both the Skepchik blogs and the Freethought Blogs.
She goes on –
I don’t want to be associated with these attitudes and approaches to real life problems. I would rather be associated with thoughtful and clam reactions to what people say.
I understand the feeling the, Katie. Good luck to you!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2013
Lakeland, Fla. — EllenBeth Wachs has filed a lawsuit in Polk County against Atheists of Florida, Inc. to release her from paying a judgment resulting from an unsuccessful prayer lawsuit against the City of Lakeland.
Wachs, a Polk County resident and well known embattled church/state separation activist, offered to be listed as a plaintiff to provide Atheists of Florida legal standing. The lawsuit, which was filed July 2010 in Federal District Court in Tampa, asked the city to replace its meeting prayers, which were exclusively Christian in nature, with a more inclusive seated moment of silence. The suit was eventually lost at the district court level and was again unsuccessful on appeal.
Consequently, the City of Lakeland entered a judgment against the plaintiffs, EllenBeth Wachs and Atheists of Florida, for costs amounting to $6,691.95.
Edward Gollobith, who currently controls the Atheists of Florida bank account, has refused to pay the judgment. Incredibly, Gollobith is demanding that Wachs split the bill with the organization in spite of the guarantee, prior to the initiation of the lawsuit, that she would be indemnified of any costs incurred. Gollobith’s reneging of this guarantee has resulted in her filing this current lawsuit against the organization.
In November 2011, Gollobith, who at the time was Chairman of the Board, led a coup to oust Wachs, the organization’s vice-president, and its president, John Kieffer, from the group days after Wachs offended Gollobith for not including him in her slate of recommended candidates for the group’s board of directors. Kieffer had also inadvertently troubled him for using his legal name, Gollobith, on the ballot for the 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, instead of his nickname, “Ed Golly.” Wachs is currently suing Gollobith — and those board members who signed on to Gollobith’s allegations against her — for defamation. Both Wachs and Kieffer are litigants in yet another lawsuit with Gollobith for control of the organization.
Wachs said, “I had my house searched, ransacked and turned upside down, spent almost a week in solitary confinement stemming from my activism, and now I can’t even refinance that house that was raided and invaded because of this judgment entered against me.”
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Co-President, Atheists & Humanists of Florida
Trigger Warning for blatant Godwinning
It seems all roads of the current atheist/feminist controversy lead back to Justin Vacula. He recorded a youtube video in which he made the statement that
And I really think that if you’re going to be on the internet, you’re going to be talking a big game, you’re going to be saying really nasty things about people–calling people “sexist”, calling people “misogynsist”–instead of approaching the situation in a different manner and being charitable and saying, “Well, maybe what you have to say there could have been reframed differently.”
In his video, he uses screen captures of some of my tweets but fails to give any context to them.It is a very dishonest tactic at worst, but using the principle of charity, it is a disingenuous tactic at best.
The tweet he uses was the end result of one those magical harassment fairies that appeared out of nowhere. The second tweet shown in the video was actually a REtweet of Vacula’s own tweet. Notice the MT in the tweet. That stands for modified tweet. I have never used the phrase “lolwut” This stemmed from a dialogue with a person using the name John Brown that did appear out of nowhere to harasstweet me that I should “stop using the term darkies” and asking me “why was I such a racist” He neglects to show my tweet that I was illustrating a point.
I find it interesting that he claims the feminists that are receiving tweets such as this are talking a “big game” The “big game” I was talking? I actually linked to a post on the infamous slymepit that referred to black people as “darkies”
For this, I was rewarded with heaps of abuse from John Brown that continue unabated and referred to, of course, as a “professional victim.”
Was John Brown the actual slymepitter that referred to people as “darkies?” Is that why he is so upset with me? Well, no, he isn’t. The slymepit constantly refers to Freethought Blogs as a hivemind. The fact is that the slymepit exhibits this behavior very clearly in this exchange about me and started a twenty plus page attack on my character with no care or reference to fact or truth. They want to make you out to be a terrible person but when or if you try to fight back against their abuse, you get labelled a professional victim.
And then THIS harassment fairy appeared out of nowhere
Apparently, someone holding a grudge that I blocked him on facebook thinks it’s a good idea to track me down on twitter and harasstweet me to remind me that I think he is a harasser. What is really interesting about this particular tweet is that I would never block someone for holding a political or world view. I would certainly never block someone for saying atheism isn’t a political movement because I agree that it isn’t. I absolutely will block someone for abusive language and that is more likely what got him the boot. Now before you respond and say he didn’t appear out of thin air, that I had previous interaction with him, I will say yes, that is correct. My last interaction with him made it quite clear to him that I wanted nothing further to do with him, though, which he plainly acknowledges.
If these aren’t clear enough magical harassment fairies, let me provide these examples –
What is a feminist echo chamber? One has to wonder. You only have to look as far as Freethought Blogs to find differing viewpoints. I am aware that Greta Christina and Taslima Nasreen vary greatly in their feminist thought.
As the person behind these tweets is clearly a fan of the slymepit, will members of the slymepit please step forward to openly denounce these?
Edit- On 3/5/2013, John Brown and I reached an understanding and both apologized for what transpired. He issued a video apology which I have posted below.