As you know, I don't discuss controversial issues such as politics and religion on this site. I'm a lot more interested in books and authors. So when controversy and books/authors come together with a big bang, I'm conflicted.
It's the Goodreads thing. I'm sure you know all about it.
If not, check out these posts:
"Goodreads’ growing pains: Attempt to curtail author bullying angers many users"
And for a little history, check out The Blog That Shall Not Be Named: Taking a Stand Against Bullies, Not Against Reviews
Although I have an author page on Goodreads, I haven't been very active over there, mostly because I haven't had time. I've heard the rumors about the mean kids who play there. That's the kind of craziness I try to avoid.
Now it appears Goodreads wants to raise the author/reader experience to a more professional level by allowing all honest book reviews but disallowing attacks on author character or behavior not related to the author's book. That seems like a good thing.
About the freedom of speech issue: My parents taught me that my freedoms extended only to the boundaries of my space, and were never to intrude upon another individual's space. To me, space includes privacy and peace of mind. Verbal and written attacks on individuals or groups are attacks on both--and that's bullying.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this issue?