So, if you aren’t keen, let me catch you up. The long standing dispute between noted skeptic Michael Shermer and Free Thought Blogs overlord PZ Myers more or less originated, from my understanding, when Shermer dared to criticize some aspects of modern feminism, and specifically, dared to criticize the person who is apparently above criticism: Ophelia Benson. Benson, in her critique of Shermer, lifted some comments out of context, as Shermer showed here.
In any case, an anonymous person apparently confided in PZ Myers that someone, possibly Shermer, raped her. Myers presented this unsubstantiated information on his blog without giving any names or any other details that might shed light on the incident. In a single post, Myers managed to smear Shermer without evidence and basically accused him of predatory behavior:
Women are still writing into me with their personal stories. This one isn’t so awful, but it’s mainly illustrative of his tactics…there’s nothing here that would form the basis of any kind of serious complaint, but most importantly, I think, it tells you exactly what kind of behavior to watch out for with him.
Thus, without presenting a stitch of evidence, Myers manages to paint Shermer as not only an alleged rapist, but as a sexual predator.
Do I have to say it again? Without a stitch of evidence, with some questionable first-hand accounts that, in any case, have no bearing since they are anonymous.