Today, my excellent good friend Kelley Freeman wrote a blog post over at The Friendly Atheist regarding an invitation extended from the National Atheist Party out to everyone’s favorite Kansas family, the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s a copy of that letter featured in the post:
I leave it up for discussion as to whether that was a necessary or prudent move. Regardless, that is not why I’m writing this post. I’m writing this because the President of the NAP (Troy Boyle) decided to respond in the comment section:
This guy is the President of one of the organizations partnered in the Reason Rally coalition. This is how he presents himself on the internet. So let’s go through all of the things wrong here:
1) The post’s byline states who wrote it (not Hemant). Loses points off the bat for a failure at reading comprehension.
2) Public personal attacks are unprofessional and unacceptable regardless of who they are leveled against, especially when you are representing an entire organization. The fact they are aimed at a heavy-hitter like Hemant (who he thinks wrote the post) adds an extra degree of problems to this comment. There is no way publicly attacking an established, popular figure with a gigantic following in your own movement is going to earn you any favors. I hear a large door shutting over the crackling sound of a burning bridge.
3) ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS DOES NOT LOOK PROFESSIONAL. IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE AGGRESSIVELY YELLING, AND THAT SHOULD NOT BE SOMETHING YOU WANT.
4) He managed to toss an insult at the entire blogosphere with that “post-mortem” quip. I can understand not being a fan of blogs, but this movement has a gigantic following on the internet. Countless atheist figures have come up specifically through the blogosphere writing commentaries and “post-mortems.” This is not how you make friends in this movement, nor how you promote a new and growing organization. I won’t be surprised if this reflects negatively on the NAP moving forward. Honestly, it really should.
5) He ended his comment with an all caps “LOL.” See (3), but increase the sentiment tenfold for using a colloquial, amateurish acronym in an absolutely inexcusable context. This is not writing or behavior befitting the President of a major Atheist organization, and attention needs to be brought to this immediately. I see this as an embarrassment to the entire movement, especially with the NAP’s involvement as a partner in the upcoming Reason Rally.
Keep in mind that this is coming from someone with an MS Paint blog and an affinity for flamboyant head-wear. I am embarrassed by this comment. That is quite the accomplishment.