Edwards' netroots coordinator Melissa McEwan resigns
John Edwards' netroots coordinator, Melissa McEwan has tendered her resignation. It should be noted that threats from certain self-proclaimed Christians figured prominently in her decision to leave her job as a part-time web consultant.
I'm reposting Melissa's announcement in full because I'm afraid that her blog, Shakespeare's Sister, may be hit by the same malicious denial of service attacks that have been plaguing Amanda Marcotte's Pandagon all day. It's ironic that women who speak out against patriarchal and misogynist threads in organized religion get pummeled with graphic rape threats...
I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating.
I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out, nor was my resignation the back-end of some arrangement made last week. This was a decision I made, with the campaign's reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign, and making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family's level of exposure.
I understand that there will be progressive bloggers who feel I am making the wrong decision, and I offer my sincerest apologies to them. One of the hardest parts of this decision was feeling as though I'm letting down my peers, who have been so supportive.
There will be some who clamor to claim victory for my resignation, but I caution them that in doing so, they are tacitly accepting responsibility for those who have deluged my blog and my inbox with vitriol and veiled threats. It is not right-wing bloggers, nor people like Bill Donohue or Bill O'Reilly, who prompted nor deserve credit for my resignation, no matter how much they want it, but individuals who used public criticisms of me as an excuse to unleash frightening ugliness, the likes of which anyone with a modicum of respect for responsible discourse would denounce without hesitation.
This is a win for no one.
My sources in the Edwards camp confirm that neither blogger was fired.
I predict that the biggest loser in all this will be Bill Donohue's Catholic League. In the process of hounding a couple of bloggers, the so-called civil rights organization may have jeopardized its vital 501(c)(3) status. As a tax-exempt organization, the CL is forbidden by law from interfering with political campaigns.
Our taxes should not be subsidizing lobbying by religious extremists.