“Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.”
— Samuel Johnson, The Idler, 1758
@Agauger’s impending departure from PS saddens me as threads she participated in have always been fascinating reading.
I wonder if engaging in dialogue at PS is regarded by some of her colleagues as ‘fraternizing with the enemy’? I am reminded of an incident where creationist Sal Cordova was banned from the Uncommon Descent blog by its owner, Barry Arrington, for reasons he gave in an email:
I owe you an explanation for why you have been banned at UD.
We are in a war. That is not a metaphor. We are fighting a war for the soul of Western Civilization, and we are losing, badly. In the summer of 2015 we find ourselves in a positon very similar to Great Britain’s position 75 years ago in the summer of 1940 – alone, demoralized, and besieged on all sides by a great darkness that constitutes an existential threat to freedom, justice and even rationality itself.
There is another parallel to World War II. We have quislings among us. A quisling is a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force. The word originates from the Norwegian war-time leader Vidkun Quisling, who headed a domestic Nazi collaborationist regime.
Sal, I accuse you of being a quisling every time you go over to The Skeptical Zone and give aid and comfort to the enemies of truth. Will you cease or will you continue to collaborate?
Barry K. Arrington