This site started out of revenge; you know that, right? Sure, it’s just a blog — my blog, to be specific — but it’s a Revenge Blog with Bells & Whistles for Other People.
I was banned (unfairly in my mind) from DemocraticUnderground.com about six months ago for attacking a bigoted Catholic troll by calling him the names “bigot” and “troll”. In my mind, the admins who booted me that day treated my verbal opponent with undue deference and I started wondering: are atheists being treated differently than believers on this or other progressive websites?
To find out, I came back as a zombie, at first pretending to be a liberal Christian with agnostic tendencies, and I was well-received. It was not until months later, after my virtual ‘coming out’ as an atheist, that I began to attract negative attention from some of the True Believers. It was that negative feedback — the alerts and meta-whining — that drew the admin’s attention to my account. Once they figured out that I was a “repeat disruptor” it was all over, whether they were in the right for banning me in the first place, or not.
No appeal — just like the rest of corporate America: “Talk to management.”
That same True Believer troll lives on; and though other atheists on DU have fallen to his tempting bait before and after me, to him — my internet nemesis — I doff my cap and say, “You have won this round. But we non-believers may win the event. Without you, oh baiter of my banning, I would have had no reason to blog.”