Since opening this blog a couple of years ago I’ve had a few run ins with internet tough guys. Most tired of their games rather quickly and moved on. Then there was Patrick Craig, the man whom ya’ll can thank for my zero tolerance comment policy.
I drew Craig’s ire when another blogger linked to a post I wrote in defence of David Mills’, at the time, infamous act of blasphemy. Craig took offense and demanded that I retract the post. When I refused Craig vowed to harass me into compliance with his demand.
And harass me he did. I don’t think a day went by without at least one comment, email and/or trackback from his various blogs wherein I was insulted, slandered and/or threatened which was in addition to him trying to get other bloggers to join him in his campaign against me.
After about a month of this Craig tried to post a particularly nasty comment at about the same time I discovered a trackback from one of his blogs wherein he stated I needed to be physically assaulted. I banned his ass by IP and told him not to contact me again.
In retribution, he decided to put a post up on his main blog about how he was the victim and was just guilty of sticking up for the little guy who felt bad now that he’d finally figured out I was not a man. After a month of being called various kinds of bitches via email and his other blogs his sympathetic readers didn’t know about, I was incensed and went public with the actual comment that got him banned.
It was another month before Craig popped out of his hole and wrote a post where he referenced, amongst other things, my horrible treatment of him as a reason for shutting down his main blog. And that was that. Craig’s never reappeared, at least not on my blog nor any of the blogs I frequent.
However, there’s another blogger who’s got his own Patrick Craig times about ten or so on the line.
The blogger is Martin Wagner of the Atheist Experience who’s being harassed by a theist by the name of Yomin Postelnik over an article he wrote that Martin nailed to the wall back in June of this year.
Since then Yomin has put up several blogs slandering Martin, calling him a thief and even edited Martin’s wikipage to state that Martin was fired for molesting a kid. He’s also been threatening to sue Martin over his criticism of his article.
Martin has decided to call Yomin’s bluff and has filed his own lawsuit against Yomin for slander. His lawyer has advised him that the case will probably run about 5K to 10K of which he’s only be able to pay $2300 towards.
I’d like to ask you to head over to the site Martin has put up about the situation and to consider donating to his cause if you can, please.