Censoring Strict Mormons

July 15, 2008 | 5 comments

J. Max Wilson is a bogeyman.

He’s not my bogeyman. I’ve met him and I like him. But for the kind of people who get more upset about criticism of the Bloggernacle than criticism of the Church, well, he’s a bogeyman.

I admit that he’s a little too Manichean for my own tastes. And since I never use aggregators, it happens that I have no great interest in his new aggregator he set up, though some of the technical features look good.

I understand why he set it up, though. The Mormon Archipelago kicked him off their aggregator because of his viewpoint wasn’t welcome. I am appalled. That is contemptible.

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5 Responses to Censoring Strict Mormons

  1. Adam Greenwood on July 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I don’t want personal raillery at either J. Max Wilson or Steve Evans, so I’m closing comments. If you have something substantive to add, email me at adam at times and seasons dot org.

  2. Adam Greenwood on July 16, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Rusty at Nine Moons sent me a substantive email explaining how this post was misleading, but after I arbitarily refused to post it he was forced to post his substantive explanations here:


    They are quite convincing.


    Note for the confused: No, Rusty at Nine Moons never sent me anything, No, his post contains no substance whatsoever, yes, my refusal to post an email I was never sent demonstrates my cowardice.

  3. Adam Greenwood on July 16, 2008 at 11:10 am

    It is my understanding that 16SS was removed independent of JMax’s
    shenanigans at BCC (and independent of BCC’s shenanigans at BCC).
    There is a history of bad blood between J Max and the MA and it is in
    that specific history that you will find the causes of JMax’s removal.
    That isn’t to say that the hootenanny at BCC didn’t prompt the
    removal, but rather that it wasn’t that incident alone.

    –John C.

  4. Adam Greenwood on July 16, 2008 at 11:45 am

    We decided to remove his feed, not because his viewpoints weren’t welcome on
    any number of topics, but because he loathed the bloggernacle, sought to
    undermine it, and violated the spirit of your very own comment policy, i.e.,
    he indicted its participants as not being faithful. We didn’t feel like
    promoting that.

    -J. Stapley

  5. Adam Greenwood on July 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    The Mormon Bloggernacle shouldn’t shun criticism of whether its being faithful or useful. I’m not sure how J. Max Wilson ‘undermined’ the Bloggernacle, but I guess if he was using hacker attacks to crash websites, I agree with his being delisted. He wasn’t.


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