In case you haven't heard: Justin Vacula was recently appointed co-chair of the executive council of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. There's a petition about this on Change.org, created by Stephanie Zvan, asking the SCA to reverse this decision.http://www.change.org/petitions/secular ... ter-of-sca
In case you're not familiar with Justin Vacula: He has written for A Voice for Men, the notorious MRA blog, which is being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a potential hate site.
I had never heard of Justin Vacula before today, when I read about this petition on another site & now again here. Here's what I've found:
He has not "written for
A Voice for Men". A post from his own blog from August 8th was taken down because of a DMCA claim filed by someone who remained anonymous; he filed a counter-complaint claiming that his use of an image of a piece of Surly-ramics was fair use. That censored blog post was re-posted at A Voice for Men on August 17th. Link available on request (didn't want to just post it & send people, unsuspecting, to his blog).
For what it's worth, not that it matters
because he hasn't
"written for" A Voice for Men, a search of SPLC and AVfM brings up AVfM's diatribes against SPLC and a general (strong) caution from SPLC about men's rights and fathers' rights groups and sites, but nothing specific by/from SPLC about AVfM. See here: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2012/spring/a-war-on-women
GretaChristina wrote:He is the person who published Surly Amy's address on the Slymepit, where he is a regular commenter.
Having never had a reason before to visit the Slymepit, I stopped by today & did a search for his posts. While some of the other people are awful, he seems pretty level-headed to me. Sure, his POV wouldn't fit in here, but that doesn't mean he's unreasonable.
Now, regarding her address: that sounds awful! ...But it looks like it came up in response to trying to figure out who filed the DMCA claim against him. The post which contained her address has been removed or edited (apparently at Justin Vacula's request, see here: http://www.justinvacula.com/2012/08/a-clarification-surly-amy.html
) so it didn't turn up on my less-than-fine-tooth-combed search, but from a glance through the thread it sounds like there was reason to think the person who filed it was using an IP address that resolved to New Jersey (which didn't fit), and the DMCA meant that his private info would be revealed (which felt like a threat to him), and apparently some letters criticizing him were sent to people close to him (I didn't catch the details, but it was interpreted as an invasion of his privacy), and - as he says at the link above - indeed the address associated with her state business license is publicly available; I found it in about 20 seconds. I'm not going to post it, or do anything with or about it, but it is publicly available information
GretaChristina wrote:He has dismissed and trivialized the issue of harassment of women on the internet. He has claimed that claimed that public figures can't be cyberstalked. And he has engaged himself in Internet harassment.
I'd be delighted to follow some links to evidence that supports this, if someone could provide a couple. I didn't find such evidence in my poking around today. As above, I did not wade through the whole Slyme Pit, and don't wan't to, but a search for posts by him seemed to indicate that there are some nasty people participating there, but that he doesn't seem like one of them.
I'm sorry, but this seems like a witch hunt.
Also, it's a small point but "leadership" only has one r.