Unfortunately, several recent discussions have been derailed by sophomoric mockery and personal insults. I try to give commenters a wide latitude here, but this would seem to be an instance where an exercise of authority is needed. It only takes one heckler to spoil the atmosphere for everyone. (And it never stays just one, as human nature disposes others to respond in kind.)
So, from now on, I will delete any new comment I find that personally insults me or any other commenter. Anyone may disagree with us, but you must express your disagreement respectfully. I intend to enforce this policy evenhandedly against both people I agree and disagree with. Since I’m enforcing a general rule, please don’t take my filtering your comment as a personal affront.
Personal insults against third party public figures (e.g. Christopher Hitchens, George W. Bush, Winston Churchill) are still allowed, but insults against their families (presuming these are not public figures) are not. One exception is that no disrespect for Jesus Christ will be tolerated, because I would fear for my soul if I defended His honor less zealously than my own.
Another problem we’ve had is theological debates getting derailed by atheist hecklers. Nonbelievers are certainly welcome at this blog (although they will no doubt find some subjects of discussion uninteresting), but they must appreciate that one of its purposes is for me and other Christian reactionaries to work out the implications of our worldview. For these intra-Christian, or at least intra-theist, debates, it’s not reasonable for someone to put up an uninformed rant about how God is no different from the tooth fairy and then expect everyone else to drop everything and lay out three millenia of natural theology that he didn’t bother to learn himself. Of course, issues of natural theology should be–and are–debated here, but a Christian can’t be expected to justify every aspect of his worldview every time he opens his mouth. So, I’m going to discourage these sort of “all Christians are stupid” comments, except in posts where the truth of Christianity is the actual issue at hand. I realize that it’s harder to respect a religion you disagree with than a person you disagree with, so someone who steps out of bounds on this will get a warning. Further violations on that discussion will be removed. Now, by nature, this rule is not even-handed–there’s no enforced restrictions on the insults that can be hurled at atheism, Marxism, etc. We don’t believe in neutrality here. However, I ask my Christian commenters to treat others as they would want to be treated, and I’ll try to give a good example.
Disapproving as I do of ex post facto laws, all existing comments will remain.
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