Wow.Â Iâ€™ve been blogging for nearly 3 years now, and last week was the most eventful week I have ever experienced.Â Some of you know about it, but some of you donâ€™t.Â Two big things happened last week:Â (1) I was an unwilling participant in a Bloggernacle scandal, and (2) tomorrow is the official launch of a new blog called Wheat and Tares (though you can already see it today).
John Dehlin started a blog called Mormon Matters a few years ago.Â As time went on, he turned over day to day operations to others, and I became a permablogger there.Â Occasionally he would pop back in, but he was pretty hands-off and let others run the show.Â Due to a dispute last week, John and nearly all of the permabloggers parted ways.Â Of the 11 regular bloggers there, 9 left and have started a new blog called Wheat and Tares.Â Today is the first day of the new blog, and I would like to encourage everyone to check it out.Â Hereâ€™s a link to my first post there where I discuss â€œthe scandalâ€ a bit.
Some of the other bloggers at Wheat and Tares have already written about the split this week on their own blogs.Â Hereâ€™s what they said:
- Andrew S at Irrestible (Dis)grace
- Stephen Marsh at Ethesis
- FireTag at The Fire Still Burning
- Adam F at Shenpa Warrior
Of course there has been considerable chatter at other sites, not just our own.
- Here is John Dehlinâ€™s statement at Mormon Matters
- Chino Blanco at Main Street Plaza
- Messenger and Advocate had some unusually harsh criticism for John that I thought was a bit over the top.
- Faith Promoting Rumor discussed the events as they were happening (to the chagrin of John and us.)
So where do I stand on this issue?Â Well, my post at Wheat and Tares sums up my feelings pretty well.Â Iâ€™m really grateful to John for starting Mormon Matters, Mormon Stories, and StayLDS.Â Theyâ€™re all great projects.Â I continue to support John and wish him the best.Â I will continue to be affiliated with StayLDS.Â But I was disappointed with how he handled things at Mormon Matters this past week.Â Obviously John had a serious beef with Bored in Vernal, and was willing to make the rest of the bloggers there collateral damage.Â I donâ€™t think he was fair with any of us (including Bored in Vernal.)
Itâ€™s exciting to be part of a new project at Wheat and Tares.Â Lest any of you worry, pretty much nothing will happen differently here at my blog.Â I will continue to blog here on whatever religious topic I feel like.Â I will cross post stuff at Wheat and Tares.Â Not much will change here at my site.Â Any comments or questions?