I’m always happy to publish reader comments on this blog. After all, it suggests that people are reading it. But I received a couple last night that just couldn’t be allowed to see the light of day.
Just for future reference, here are some of the guidelines, again.
1. Look, I’m from New Jersey, where folks throw f-bombs around like confetti. But this is a Christian blog and there are no cuss-words allowed.
There are a lot of angry people out there, and there is a lot to be angry about. But anger must be kept under control. We really can’t have people jumping up and down, screaming, cursing, and making extravagant threats.
Come to think of it, I’m kind of prejudiced against that all-caps stuff, too.
2. A comment really must not include threats of physical violence. True, they can’t easily be carried out over the Internet. But they do indicate a state of mind not entirely appropriate to the occasion.
3. Do not pretend to be making a comment just so you can try to sell me something.
4. As much as I am against “hate speech” laws and pseudo-laws–that’s one of the things that cheese me off–I don’t permit terms of abuse. Use of those terms may indicate that you really, truly, do hate someone, and wish to do them harm, solely on the basic of some external characteristic (like skin color, for instance). I am not inclined to publish such language. This is a Christian blog, part of the Chalcedon Foundation’s ministry, and I have a responsibility to keep it that way. As it is, some readers think I go too far. But I do try not to.
So, by all means, let’s have comments–the more the merrier. All you gotta do is scroll down and click “Leave a reply.” I publish at least 90% of what I get.