Fundamentalist atheist Richard Dawkins has found himself at the centre of a perfect storm after he attempted to censor the forum of his website.
There are more than 85,000 in his forum on his official website RichardDawkins.net and he had to shut it down.
Apparently Dawkins got miffed at the number of irrelevant discussions, frivolous gossip and abuse and wanted to move to some form of moderation.
However, the announcement created such an explosion of ire that the planned 30-day switch-over period had to be scrapped and the discussion forum locked down immediately.
Some members have moaned that their their profiles have been wiped out and others have lost access to files and messages that they uploaded onto the website.
They have gone to other atheist sites to vent their spleen at him.
Dawkins is less than sympathetic. In a personal message posted today entitled Outrage he posted:
“Imagine that you, as a greatly liked and respected person, found yourself overnight subjected to personal vilification on an unprecedented scale, from anonymous commenters on a website. That somebody on website expressed a “sudden urge to ram a fistful of nails” down your throat. Also to “trip you up and kick you in the guts.” And imagine seeing your face described, again by an anonymous poster, as “a slack jawed turd in the mouth mug if ever I saw one.”
He said that when people who “over-react so spectacularly to something so trivial” there must be “something rotten in internet culture”.
He will continue his purge his website of this “vicious element”. If only there were a similar system of autocratic control on humanity which could make them behave in a way that Dawkin’s likes. What ever happened to the Catholic Church?