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Re: "rms-open-letter" GR choice 2: sign https://rms-support-letter.github.io/


On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 09:12:09AM +0100, Timo Weingärtner wrote:
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> The Debian Project co-signs the statement regarding Richard Stallman's 
> readmission to the FSF board seen at https://rms-support-letter.github.io/. 
> The text of this statement is given below.
> Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a driving force in the 
> free software movement for decades, with contributions including the GNU 
> operating system and Emacs.
> Recently, there have been vile online attacks looking to remove him from the 
> FSF board of directors for expressing his personal opinions. We have watched 
> this happen before in an organized fashion with other prominent free software 
> activists and programmers. We will not stand idly this time, when an icon of 
> this community is attacked.
> FSF is an autonomous body that is capable of treating its members in a fair, 
> unbiased fashion, and should not give in to external social pressures. We urge 
> the FSF to consider the arguments against RMS objectively and to truly 
> understand the meaning of his words and actions.
> Historically, RMS has been expressing his views in ways that upset many 
> people. He is usually more focused on the philosophical underpinnings, and 
> pursuing the objective truth and linguistic purism, while underemphasising 
> people’s feelings on matters he’s commenting on. This makes his arguments 
> vulnerable to misunderstanding and misrepresentation, something which we feel 
> is happening in the open letter calling for his removal. His words need to be 
> interpreted in this context and taking into account that more often than not, 
> he is not looking to put things diplomatically.
> Regardless, Stallman’s opinions on the matters he is being persecuted over are 
> not relevant to his ability to lead a community such as the FSF. Furthermore, 
> he is entitled to his opinions just as much as anyone else. Members and 
> supporters do not have to agree with his opinions, but should respect his 
> right to freedom of thought and speech.
> To the FSF:
> Removing RMS will hurt FSF’s image and will deal a significant blow to the 
> momentum of the free software movement. We urge you to consider your actions 
> carefully, as what you will decide will have a serious impact on the future of 
> the software industry.
> To the ambush mob who is ganging up on Richard Stallman over reasonable 
> arguments in debate and various opinions and beliefs voiced over decades as a 
> public figure:
> You have no part in choosing the leadership of any communities. Especially not 
> via another mob attack which does not remotely resemble a fairly conducted 
> debate as exemplified by better people such as Richard Stallman.
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