Friday, March 5, 2010

JB Handley on Censorship

Over at Respectful Insolence, Age of Autism's JB Handley made an appearance. In one of his comments, he explained why comments are censoredmoderated at Age of Autism. He had this to say:

And, Orac, the reason they screen posts at AoA is so that parents of children with autism have a safe environment to talk within. If they wanted debate, they can come to your lovely blog, so we all serve our little purposes, keep up the good work.

Now, I have not received any word back on why I have apparently been banned from commenting by Age of Autism. I guess my comments, which are all copied here, created an "unsafe" environment. From what I've seen of the treatment of new commenters over there, I don't think the parents need any manner of protection.

In fact, take a look at some of the comments that followed Handley's over at Respectful Insolence. There are parents of autistic children who feel quite insulted by Handley's patronizing explanation.

Here's my translation of Handley's statement:

And, Orac, the reason they screen posts at AoA is so that people that like to promote their near-religious belief that vaccines cause autism have a safe echo chamber to talk within. If they wanted reality, they can come to your lovely blog, so we all serve our little purposes, keep up the good work.

At any rate, you heard it from Handley himself. If your comment is censored, it's because you are a threat to the safe, warm fuzzy environment for parents of children with autism who cannot handle disagreement.

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