Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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...intend for his joke to be received that way.

From RMS's reply (notice: I've put the important part in bold)


The cult of the Virgin of Emacs is simply intended as a joke about the cult of the Virgin Mary. I assure anyone who perceived derogatory meanings in it that I did not intend them.


RMS has already given a reasonable answer and an implied apology. It is related to RMS being highly critical of religions. Unfortunately somebody didnĀ“t understand the context and they attacked (and keep attacking) from their non-understanding position.

Now. We need an implied apology from "Lefty" and Thom (Holwerda), both having grossly misrepresented the position of RMS.

Thom -> your "journalism" is quite lacking, I'm afraid.

To all -> I can easily see why people are offended, and I agree the joke was tasteless. But come on, grow a spine!

--Kristian Poul Herkild

*** Besides that, I believe patents should be abolished ***

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Well said.

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