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NeoNotes — Witch hunts without due process

Originally posted on a thread on reddit.

Back in the days before Trump, not long after the Duke lacrosse rape accusations, there was a online project to create a voluntary sexual ethics code for pagans.

Sometimes we pagans take our sex way too seriously.

Anyway, I wasn't thrilled, but I figured I'd join and hopefully head off some of the worse impulses. Anyway, it got written (several pages long!), and while no one was perfectly happy with it, we decided that it was about time to take it to the "greater community." Almost as an afterthought and with the Duke case (and similar cases) in mind, I suggested one addition. Just because someone was accused of rape, that didn't mean that they were guilty. Sometimes people lied about being raped.

Well, all the others thought that was a good thought, so it became part of the document. We took it public and invited comment.

Guess what part got flamed beyond any possible afterlife? There were almost no comments on anything else, just that one bit about accusations not necessarily meaning rape.

The document got removed, and I think I'm the only one who still talks about it. I always admit that I'm the one who got it derailed, even if I had the best intentions. Looking back on it, I'm not so sure that is a bad thing.

Anyway, back to the topic. Before the Weinstein mess broke, we already saw cases on college campuses where the accusation was enough to ruin lives, even if the evidence didn't support the accusation. I think this will be the basis of a lot a witch hunts.

Of course sexual harassment and rape are very real. But just because someone is accused doesn't mean they did it. Each case should be investigated on it's own.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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Just treating each other as we would want to be treated. Nothing more, nothing less. Live and let live.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Association

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And yes, I know about the Supreme Court ruling. It was wrong, as USSC rulings sometimes are.
     — NeoWayland
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Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

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NeoNotes — People. Are. Pissed. Off.

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Same as 2004

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The article is boring, but the headline sums it up nicely.

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Governments can’t negotiate free trade.


Just remember those.

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NeoNotes — College & university

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Real change comes because someone worked out a better way and didn't have to force everyone else to accept it.

Thus endeth the sermon.

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NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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The Imperious Leader literally decreed that non-profits must contribute to green technologies.

What happens when they don’t?

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Liberty Beats "Internet Freedom"

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If government doesn't trust you…

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The default SHOULD be None of the Above

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Who decides?

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Rulers and Masters

This is a page from the original version of Pagan Vigil. There are some formatting differences.

Originally published at www.paganvigil.com/C149884619/E916169645

Rulers and Masters

Daniel Webster on those who want to rule

In every generation there are those who want to rule well - but they mean to rule. They promise to be good masters - but they mean to be masters.
     — Daniel Webster

And of course, they only promise to do it for "your own good."


Posted: Mon - May 9, 2005 at 09:15 PM

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True Believer Rant

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