Scapegoating the Blogger?

Over the weekend I got an onslaught of comments on three of my previous blogs. Since this was an exciting event for the new Dr. Scapegoat blog, I was delighted. Their comments were intelligent, thoughtful and on topic. In one way or the other, they all wondered if religious leaders should be held responsible for abusive activites, word or deed. They suggested that religion was a private matter and was not the business of people outside of a particular religious group, in this case mostly Christian, but not exclusively. I was preparing responses that disagreed with their premise–to Dr.Scapegoat, religion is a human institution (as well as whatever else believers may want it to be) and definitely falls under the purview of human law, which includes all the epidemic levels of abuses that have lately come to light.

Then I learned that this particular group of responders was paid for by a hacking group, which used the letters to undermine other web sites with hidden codes. (No, Dr.Scapegoat is not paranoid; it’s just another form of hacking.) So I was forced to delete  the comments.

I felt ripped off, but I was also interested in the remarkable creativity humans manifest to destroy one another’s efforts. And then I felt sad, sad for these people who sit in rooms making a dollar a letter and really pouring out their hearts about their plight as writers (yes, they identified themselves as writers, novelists, wannabes perhaps, but hoping) who had not been able to put religious figures into their stories for fear of violating the principles of their various communities!!! Wow. What a strange issue. My alter ego, Arthur Colman, is in the middle of writing a new book (see his novels) with just such a character, and yes, it is hard to find a way to build a character while keeping in mind  threats from religious cults around the world.

These anti-bloggers were writers, some of them talented, and their comments were very well written. In fact, no matter their motivations,their efforts were contributions to my blog. But somehow from need or stupidity they couldn’t yet find a legitimate voice of their own. Scapegoats all. And who is the scapegoater? Some company that is making money on their efforts, or perhaps even a group that doesn’t like blogs that question priests, Muslim leaders, and rabbis.

I can’t repost their comments, but I thank them for the honest part of their contributions and hope they find a better job. Some of you are really good.

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