On January 28th 2012 eChurch blog included this post:
I Tweeted earlier:
“I sincerely believe that it is easier to publicly proclaim your sexuality than it is to declare mental illness and personality disorders.”
This was met with a small chorus of agreement.
This thought derived from an incident on a prominent Christian forum in which a gay atheist activist took exception to the fact that the moderators had requested he change his provocative avatar. The avatar was of two naked men in an implicit homoerotic embrace. Given the history of this particular guy on the forum, which is typified by aggression – bordering on the threatening – vileness, rudeness, bullying, accusatory sentiment, ad hominem, Christian hatred, and so forth, it was plainly obvious to many that the avatar was designed to provoke.
This guy decided not to comply with the request of the moderator and subsequently was forced to do so. …
The forum in question is the Premier Radio forum. I read the article, which seems very mild and points out how dreadful these people have become.
Today I learn from Lisa Graas that apparently these mild remarks have led the odious individual in question to threaten legal action!
My friend Stuart James has a reader whose brain has apparently hit the rainbow wall very hard. Apparently, Stuart is getting sued by a commenter on his blog because of something he wrote about “gay rights” and mental illness.
A commenter calling himself Charles Bishop today gave me notice of his intention to pursue me legally for this blog post, under the laws of libel / slander. I await correspondence from his legal advisors.
Stuart, tell him I guess he needs to sue me, too, because I wrote an agreeable post about what you wrote.
I haven’t been able to work out precisely what is supposed to be libellous (!) or I’d post it here.
In truth I rather doubt the troll in question has any intention of spending a halfpenny himself: the purpose is simply intimidation.
UPDATE: I’ve now seen the threat, published in the Premier Radio internet forum, and it’s just some troll mouthing off. What amazes me is that Premier didn’t moderate it instantly.