So I have happily submitted a post to I and the Bird whenever I have the time, and I have found some great stories there, and some really interesting sites that I now enjoy.
Prior to submitting a post for I and the Bird, I usually check out the site hosting the carnival. When I checked the site that is hosting edition 15, I was quite astonished to find the following statement:
"A reminder to potential contributors: As explained before, I will NOT link to posts, blogs or other web sites that support, promote or are affiliated with creationism/"intelligent" design, even if your post is solely about birds. I don't apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you."
Let me be perfectly clear here: if you search BINAC, you will not find the words "creationism" or "intelligent design" anywhere. I have no interest in that debate, and have no intention of raising the issue on this blog, ever, and I hope this post is the last time those words ever appear on BINAC.
However, I have a huge problem with there being a litmus test, of any kind, for a submission into a blog carnival. Obviously, any post that is submitted to I and the Bird must follow the carnival guidelines, and I could see why a post specifically about creationism might theoretically be rejected. But to say that anyone who has even a mention of a particular topic or viewpoint (*any* topic) on their site should be excluded from I and the Bird reeks of BlogCarthyism.
I have no desire to cede editorial control over my blog to someone else just to participate in "I and the Bird," and I will not participate in any future editions that include a "litmus test" of any kind.