I’ve mentioned a number of times here my regard for my friend and occasional radio sparring partner, Jeffrey Tucker. He invited me to come over to the CMAA’s MusicaSacra Forum a few weeks ago, and I’ve been contributing a few times a day since then.
I pretty much had given up on the forum format years ago. It was my first experience of online interaction at a time when I was feeling professionally and intellectually isolated. I made a lot of mistakes. And in “graduating” to a blog format, I don’t know that I’ve eliminated errors so much as minimized them. Plus there is the discipline of regular writing in a more pleasing and flexible format.
I’m thinking my forum time is becoming more of a waste of time. I read high ideals on the MusicaSacra site, like these:
This is the most important guideline. We will not tolerate any abusive, insulting, hostile, or threatening posts about anything or anyone. We will quite swiftly delete any such post and ban the offending user.
Do Not Defame
Members may not level insinuations of heresy, bad faith, or criminality against members; members should also avoid such inflammatory language against non-members.
I saw people post there for whom I have a great respect: Paul Ford among others. Yet over the past several days, one semi-anonymous poster sees fit to respond to my posts in insulting and confusing ways such as this:
You are not preaching to the choir. The bus has left…and you missed it. It was painted in psychedelic colors and was full of the odor of patchouli. There is no average parish. We are not interested in hearing about Marxism, free love, magic mushrooms and Earth Shoes. The music that you like is a malignant growth. It must be removed. The liturgy worldwide must be freed of this American kudzu, before it is strangled.
What to conclude? The reform2 crowd remains embittered even as they gaggle and point fingers at people like Elaine Rendler-McQueeney and offer violations of their own policy:
I describe this point of view as a kind of pro-Jesus atheism, and offer a critique here.
Who on earth would want to be involved with such folk? So what do you think? Waste of time? Cut ‘em slack?