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  •  it was clear you were talking about the CC. (0+ / 0-)

    What wasn't clear was that those being threatened were CC employees only. Lay people can't be threatened in any other way than being booted from the organization. If you play up the "threat" to laypeople, it clouds the threat to employees, which is real. It allows people to dismiss the issue. If info is crucial to your point, it belongs in the body of the diary, and not just in links.  

    Break the Cornspiracy! Eat grass-fed.

    by ubertar on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 11:23:17 AM PST

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    •  my diary was about the threat (0+ / 0-)

      of the silencing of bloggers. No more, no less.

      In the wider conversation that developed, we also discussed the issues of the context in which silencing occurs.

      But I submit that the consequences are more than potential labor disputes, as important as those are. This is part of the debate about the direction of the church and its role in society.

      For example, it is also about accountability. We can certainly see how this might play out for members and family who have been affected by the sex abuse scandals. The cover up is ongoing in important ways, and Voice of the Faithful has been banned from meeting in Catholic churches by order of various bishops. Might we see efforts by the heirarchy to silence Catholic bloggers whose posts embarrass the likes of a Cardinal? It would seem to be so, based on the SSRC report on the point. That day has not come as far as I know. But the purpose of this diary was to say that it probably will.

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