The Hamster Roars
Back in November I wrote The Hamster Wheel, wherein I ranted about the poor treatment some Christians give others for disagreeing with them, and this being one of the reasons I no longer join their message boards. In the comments at that article, a particularly obnoxious member using the pseudonym “nobdysfool” was mentioned.
Today I received a direct email from this person, who had to have gotten it illegally as it is my business address and never used on any message board. He then threatened to take down my blog with these words:
This is a formal request for you to remove defamatory information from your website, regarding a poster on Christian Forums by the name of “nobdysfool”, as posted to your website by an individual identifying himself as “Bob”. It is defamatory, unChristian, and inaccurate info, and this “Bob” character has been spamming Christian Forums under other names, as a troll. If you do not remove this information, your ISP will be notified, as will the Domain Name registry, to initiate actions to shut down your website. I am giving you fair warning, so that you may do the right thing. Thank you for your attention to this matter.Apparently ’fool does not understand that by using a pseudonym he cannot accuse anyone of defamation. In fact, having illegally obtained my business email and using it to attack me by name in my blog, it is ’fool who has broken the law as well as exemplifying the meaning of “unChristian” behavior. He has also attacked “Bob”, whose real name I do not know. Yet an inspection of the full headers of ’fool’s email reveals some interesting facts:
X-Ham-Report: Spam detection software, running on the system [my server], has identified this incoming email as possible spam. The original message has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn’t spam) or label similar future email...The email was worded to give the impression that the sender was some authoritative body representing ’fool, but the email return address was his own. That is, ’fool himself sent the email but referred to himself in the third person in an attempt to intimidate and deceive.
RBL: Sender listed at http://www.dnswl.org/, no trust...
Sender email is commonly abused enduser mail provider...
Now if ’fool decides to follow through with this unChristian and petty threat, he should be advised that I will not be bullied and will defend my legal rights. Regardless, he has only proven my point and validated my opinion.