The trigger here is a blog post titled "Atheist Nexus Hates Women."
The post is short and sweet; the poster says she's leaving A/N because she's "sick of people who think rape is funny."
Don't know how long the link will be good since when she disables her account, the blog will disappear, but I haven't paraphrased. That's pretty much the entire blog.
Note the conspicuous absence of specific threads or posts where she feels people have crossed the line in tactless discussion of rape. That's fine and certainly someone's choice to put something so general out there, but the title of the post seems to imply that it's the whole site and the site creators and moderators who are the problem.
Personally, I don't see it. I'd bear-hug Brother Richard and the lot of them if I knew where they lived and could get a bear-hug discount airfare to make the trip.
I have seen some rude comments here and there. With 10,000 members, someone is going to get their emotional toes stepped on. But I don't think those handful represent the entire group.
My question here, in the context of Free Speech Atheists, is how far a community like this one should go to police itself from flamers, trolls, and the just plain overly rude?
We are for non-Theists only, so it's reasonable to ban someone as soon as they start Witnessing to us. But otherwise, I'd personally rather let people cross a line once in a while if only for the sake of discussion and reflection.
Much as I can't stand the Glenn Becks of the world and think they are truly inciting violence, I would be slightly more disturbed if they weren't
allowed to speak their mind at all.