More on Doxxing

A facebook friend linked to this thoughtful commentary on doxxing, and I found myself tipped to the non-dox side. Because of this:

Doxxing and social vilification complicates that. It’s harder to walk away from the group you’ve attached yourself to when you know (because everyone is telling you) that you’ve blown it – that you shouldn’t have a job; that you can’t be forgiven; that everyone needs to know who you are right now, so they can shun and disemploy you for the rest of your life.

The ultimate goal is not the purging of society–as many on the alt-right seem to desire as well–because we can never quite achieve a desirable uniformity. There will always be some poor sap who doesn’t quite align with the group. Soon, ideological cannibalism will result. The strongest one–emphasis on one–will remain standing.

My friends who still lurk here know I’ve been fairly consistent on my criticism of Catholic “orthodoxxing” over the years. The Karl Rove school of theology: get non-Republicans fired. These days, it happens for people lurking online to find out who’s been same-sex unioned, or who wrote a paper against theological sexism. not so many years back, it was the priest who was videotaped for not hewing to the red at Mass, the woman religious who listened to some non-Christian philosophy, or some bishop who thought that discussing optional celibacy was a good idea.

Let’s face it: many on the Catholic Right practiced doxxing with great glee. And many elements in the institutional Church encouraged it. It matters little that is was fishing through images online or scouring filing cabinets at theology schools or lurking on blogs. It was all sinful behavior.

I’m thinking I’d rather have misguided young men come to their senses. No need to go after jobs, families, or girlfriends. A reformed white supremacist always has a place in the human family. Young people doing senseless things is the backbone of the Gospel teaching on mercy. What is needed is mercy, not sass.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to More on Doxxing

  1. “Let’s face it: many on the Catholic Right practiced doxxing with great glee. And many elements in the institutional Church encouraged it. It matters little that is was fishing through images online or scouring filing cabinets at theology schools or lurking on blogs. It was all sinful behavior.”

    Indeed. I wish I could be more positive about the article, and yet I can’t shake the feeling that the blogger would probably defend the Church for firing people for all the reasons you listed above (questioning mandatory celibacy, same sex unions, questioning the role of women in the Church.) if that’s the case, then the article is not so much about the evils of “doxxing” but about getting conservative Catholics to accept that white supremacy and Nazism are just “not that bad.” I hope I am wrong.

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