Surfing the internet while waiting for the glue on some models to dry, I stumbled across a post on a very well-known Catholic blog which tackled a sensitive subject. The comments were absolutely vitriolic and the article found itself re-posted all over the internet, covered in hate-speech for the woman who wrote it. It disgusted me, as they went so far as to attack her children, wish physical harm upon her, and threaten her death. This is unacceptable behaviour for anyone old enough to speak to another person.
Quill and I are going to be covering some controversial topics (at least I definitely will, and hopefully he will weigh in) in the relatively near future (near future on college time) and I would like to establish this right now, before that can of worms is opened. Hatred and personal attacks are not accepted here, anywhere. Opinions are fine, but instigation is unacceptable. If Quill or I spot any of those, your comment will be deleted. If you feel it is an unfair deletion, e-mail one or both of us with a rational argument as to why you believe it should be re-posted. If you rage at us in those emails, you will be ignored. If bad behaviour continues, I will enable comment moderation, which will make me very cranky and also will mean that comments could take a LONG TIME to be checked and accepted.
Working definitions so there is no bickering (from the Oxford English Dictionary):
bigoted (adj): having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others
hate mail (n): hostile and sometimes threatening letters sent, usually anonymously, to an individual or group
compassion(n): sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
tolerance (n): the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with
These are, effectively, our “House Rules.” Follow them, and we’ll all be friends. Break them, and I might have to put you in time-out. Happy reading!