Southern Religion

Anonymous FBC Jax Watchdog ‘muzzled’ for the time being



Advised to fall silent about First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., “until certain on-going events run their course,” the Watchdog has proclaimed himself “muzzled.”

Watchdog promises to tell his story then, and it sounds both interesting and illustrative of what can befall anonybloggers:

When I tell my story, it will be the entire story of what has occured regarding this blog, the legal proceedings, Comcast subpoenas, field reports, official JSO trespass warnings … all of it. It isn’t pretty, and many people will be sorely disappointed at what has transpired in the last few months behind the scenes.

Public-spirited anonymous blogging deserves our support and defense. After all:

Do we not protect the discourse itself by protecting this one blogger?

A collapse of anonymity appears to have led to this silence — a caesura in self-expression about matters which at every step have appeared to be legitimate public concerns.

Do not look here for a celebration of such silence.

March 17, 2009 - Posted by | Churches, Law, Religion, WWW | , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. […] and repressive governance, especially the pastor’s accumulation of power. After a period of self-muzzled silence, Thursday brought new Watchdog coverage of the drive to strip him of his anonymity and silence […]

    Pingback by Stifle dissent = lose power « BaptistPlanet | March 21, 2009

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: