I am pushing back against the PSF board’s recent political statement and discouraging the board from making political statements in the future. A precedent has been set and if there isn’t sufficient pushback I expect the PSF board to make more political statements ongoing. This is unfortunate.
The statement was made by the board (presumably unanimously) but was not labeled as a statement by the 13 board members, but instead as a statement of “The PSF” – a group that includes me. In this particular instance I agree with the board’s statement, however gauzy. But I did not sign up for the PSF to make political statements on my behalf and I doubt other PSF members did either. What about the non-Americans who don’t care about this issue? You put words in their mouth. What about the members who disagree with the statement in whole or in part - are they on notice that they are not welcome in the PSF?
I have been involved with python for 20 years, which is most of my adult life. Over 20 years I have come to the opinion that politics is the wrong forum for most things. Hell, I haven’t been registered to vote for over 10 years because politics has been increasingly divisive and team sports. Over the last 10 years the PSF has become increasingly political - and a very exclusionary and evangelical kind of politics at that.
The drumbeat to “get religion or GTFO” makes this an easy choice. I hereby resign from the PSF.