Some of you are familiar with the writing of Ted Beale (who uses the pen name “Vox Day”). We wrote about one of his creationist rants which had been published at WorldNetDaily — see Darwin, Marx, and Freud: The Evil Threesome. In that post we said:
At the end of the article, Vox is described as “a Christian libertarian opinion columnist” who is a member of “SFWA, Mensa and IGDA.” The first of those we recognize as the Science Fiction Writers of America. Most of us know about Mensa, although few of its members are so tasteless as to publicly brag about membership. The last of those we had to look up — it’s the International Game Developers Association. All in all it’s an intriguing résumé — but writing for WorldNetDaily essentially overwhelms Vox’s other accomplishments.
It now appears that future versions of Vox’s résumé will be lacking one of those memberships. At Locus, “The Website of The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field,” we read: Beale Expelled from SFWA. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
SF writer Theodore Beale, who blogs as Vox Day, announced that he has been expelled from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He posted a letter from SFWA President Steven Gould that reads, in part:
Here’s a link to Vox’s blog, The SFWA Board decides, where you can read what he said.
One of our clandestine operatives confirms that a communication similar to that is being sent to the SFWA membership. The Locus article continues:
Beale, a lifetime SFWA member who ran unsuccessfully for SFWA president earlier this year, concludes, “I shall attempt to find the wherewithal to soldier on, somehow.”
Our operative recalls that Beale lost the election in something like a 90%-10% voting result. But what did Beale do to merit expulsion? Let’s read on:
In June, Beale used a promotional SFWA Twitter feed, @SFWAauthors, to publish remarks he made on his blog, where he called another author “half-savage” and an editor a “fat frog,” among other inflammatory remarks.
Shocking indeed! Vox has an entry in Wikipedia: Theodore Beale. It hasn’t been updated to mention his unsuccessful run for SFWA president; nor does it yet mention his expulsion. But it does say this:
He presently uses the pen name for a blog – Vox Popoli and (formerly) a weekly opinion column at WorldNetDaily (where his father was formerly a board member) … .
Will this expulsion qualify Beale for the Discoveroids’ list of creationist martyrs who have been Expelled? Probably not. But Vox has nothing to worry about. Although he’s out of SFWA, he’ll always have WorldNetDaily in his résumé.
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