Member Rara Avis
Interesting and sad story, DE. Sometimes it's an eye opener to see the perspective of incidents from the viewpoint of another. Especially those who feel they have been personally assaulted and not give a fair shot.
I am not here to judge. All I will say to your treatise is that you most certainly have a strong perspective and viewpoint that you have been personally wronged and that there was some kind of "plot" among several people here to harm you and demand you be relieved of your duties as Moderator. Frankly, I find this whole concept very difficult, if not impossible, to believe (mostly because I believe in PEOPLE... not just the people at Passions!) and I think you are, at this point, quite overly sensitive. If, in fact, there was some kind of mass vendetta against you, I don't know how I would have missed those implications, being a regular frequenter of Passions.
Your "story" is one that evokes empathy in me, though, if not sympathy. In my life, I have had experiences which I thought were unfair at best. Sometimes, I have felt personally slighted and that there were people talking about me behind my back. (Well, not as much as those Justins and Loony 'Toons in the 'stute... hehehe) It happens to all of us, I guess, but some let these types of feelings bother them more than others.
For what it's worth, what I think is this: You earned enough respect from Ron to be honored with the title and responsibilities of Moderator. That is commendable in itself... and from what I hear, you did a wonderful job (I have only gone to the Prose forum a few times, so I have no personal experience with this). Somewhere along the line, your posts offended people, however, for whatever reason. Some of them offended me. Perhaps the world (or the Passions community) is not ready to accept every type of verbiage spoken or written. Often, people get offended because the values that they hold dear are being ridiculed or treated as insignificant. You are not the only one who has feelings.
If, in fact, your feeling that you have been railroaded out of Passions as a Moderator is correct, then I most definitely feel you are justified in the anger and hurt you express. I would just encourage you to think about how unlikely this is among thinking, intelligent persons, such as the poets who post regularly at Passions. I, for one, would not allow ANYBODY to talk me into having some kind of personal vendetta against ANY human being! To me, that concept is absurd. And, I would venture to guess that most of the other poets who post here who have earned your respect would say the same thing. So.... think for a minute.... WHO would do this to you? Do you REALLY think you have been railroaded?
Instead, I think that your idea of "freedom of speech" simply offended some people. It's as simple as that.
So, I will close by saying I sure hope all of this is over soon because I had a lousy day at work and I am not accustomed to conflict and I need to get a good night's sleep tonight because I have a big meeting with a client tomorrow (whoops! sorry! perspective change for a second). For everyone here at Passions, I will take the microphone and say that it is truly unfortunate that there has been an upheaval of emotion here and that you and others have taken personal offense.
To Ron, thank you for a fabulous website. To all... including you, DE.... let's get over this. Leave it behind you. Learn from it. Stop losing sleep over it. EVERYBODY makes mistakes. Forgive each other. Forgive yourselves. LET IT GO.... then you can grow!
The End. Case closed. Good night and God Bless you all.