Although your Kind Host is certainly the Beacon of Reason and Unfaltering Logic lighting your way through these treacherous straits, there are others that provide illumination.
That was a pretty strained opening. Nevertheless, we proceed. Just wanted to point out a few other people’s take on the on-going character assassination of rms. Each one is worth a read, including comments. You might see a pattern developing.
In which Christian Schaller expresses his thoughts on the matter. We get some really vile allegations in the comments section by the creater of the “afraid of code” slur-meme:
Given that death threats have been sent to Mono developers frequently by said fundamentalist fans of Dr. Stallman, we instead decided to launch the “I am not afraid of people writing code” meme.
ps. Yes, death threats are exactly and precisely the level that these fundamentalist people have reached. And yes, the Mono guys are exactly and precisely the most pragmatic guys (about such things) in the community. But you can’t ignore certain things anymore. They are getting increasingly fanatic, increasingly crazy and Dr. Stallman is increasingly positioning himself in support of those idiots.
Once confronted, he does the old reliable backpedalling dance. Read the comments for context and weak sauce explanations. “I meant that rms was supporting those idiots, not the things they do! It’s totally not the same thing!”
By the way, there is an interesting entry on the gentleman’s blog: Why females should participate in agile software development. It is because their brains are different, you see. Soon, I hope to see the series continued with such enlightened entries as “Why Asians should participate in mathematical software development” and “Why Blacks should participate in sports software development (but not hockey) .” Also, Stallman is a sexist.
There’s another nice appearance of the main motivator behind the recent sexism scare, who humbly asks us “were the folks who weren’t African-Americans who joined and vocally supported the Civil Rights movement in the 60s wrong to do so?”
Yes. You read that right. This man’s fight, bold and uncomprising in principle – is to be compared to the Civil Rights movement. Oh! To be alive now, when such magnificent humanitarian efforts are a-foot! One is truly honored to read the words of such a courageous leader.
In which Patryk Zawadzki expresses his thoughts on the matter.
Again we are treated to some keen insight by Rev. Dr. Martin “Lefty” King:
Yeah! And all those folks who joined the Civil Rights movements in the ’60s who didn’t happen to be African-American were wrong to do so. After all, the African-Americans should be perfectly capable of complaining themselves if they see fit.
Hell no! Struggle on, Brother! Too long have our Software Sisters sat behind a GUI while the Stallman lorded emacs over her! All that is short come to an end now that the Rev. Dr. Martin “Lefty” King has struck out against the Great Satan rms, fearless and bold behind his keyboard, uncompromising in his campaign of slander, lies and deceit!
Again, read the comments for the full on self-righteous martyrdom of this joker.
Don’t forget a little bit of the Godwin before you go though:
Ever hear the one that starts, “When they came for the Jews, I said nothing, because I wasn’t a Jew” and ends “When they came for me, there was no one left to say anything”…?
So, now it is Rev. Dr. Martin “Lefty” King-Schindler I guess. Stay classy, San Diego.
So now that we have Stallman painted with the “sexist” brush, I see some people casting glances to the “Death Threat Crazy” and “Nazi” brushes.
Let me clear: I wasn’t at the conference, and I don’t know exactly what Stallman said. It is possible he made an inappropriate remark. Some reasonable people say it was a joke gone bad; stuff like that happens.But, even if it were an honest-to-good malicious sexist remark (unlikely considering Stallman has a long record of supporting women’s rights in his writings and interviews), the character assassination has been totally disproportionate to the event. He may indeed need a word of correction from a trusted friend or even a letter of concern from a respected group. What he doesn’t need or deserve is a pack of snarling jackals lumping him in with lunatics making death threats and freaking Nazis. (Assuming the death threat thing is legit, I haven’t looked it up. I know I got a lot of death threats from owning peeps in Quake, so that junk can be serious business.)
This is another one of those times I have to adopt a mocking tone, because if I were to give these cretins a serious response I would work myself into a right powerful rage, disturbing weather systems and startling genteel ladies everywhere with my sexist body. I know this is not quite up to my normal Aristotelean discourse. Double your money back if not satisfied.