I’ve had a busy couple of days deleting offensive comments from an anti-Christian/anti-Mormon who has sought to use blogger comments to express his trivial anger for people of my faith. I have allowed many (not all) previous critical comments to be posted on this blog, provided that they are civil and on-topic, but his comments were extreme. The first time I deleted his post, I explained that any post with links to pornographic or other offensive sites would be deleted, that comments with profanity would be deleted. He continued to come back and violate my policies, trying to use my blog as a forum for his senseless and angry graffiti. I am tired of his insults and antics. His comments will simply be deleted from now on. Here is the explanation I gave as a comment in my previous post:
I’m surprised that a certain complainer doesn’t get it. I’ve stated my comments policy clearly: comments with links to offensive sites will be deleted. Comments with profanity will be deleted. My site is not here to generate traffic toward the dark side.
Our chief offender violated my policy again yesterday with another link to his offensive site. And he has continued to be insulting and has used this blog to attack the Church on topics completely unrelated to my posts.
Sorry – but you comments are no longer welcome. I don’t want to give you any more attention or any more bandwidth. I don’t want your name mentioned on my site. Your approach is more that of a vandal spraying graffiti on the side of my home than it is of someone willing to engage in civil conversation on the topics I post about.
Allowing comments on a blog is a privilege, not a right. Off-topic or off-color comments can be and should be deleted. Don’t whine about censorship – do you accept random offensive graffiti sprayed on your car or home? Do you allow Mormons to post pro-Mormon pages on your Web site?
Today I solicited the help of a third party to monitor this blog when I’m at work to simply delete any comments from our chief offender. If you see his remarks, don’t respond here, and don’t mention his name. Persona non-grata, unless, of course, he repents and becomes civil, and cleans up his Web site. This, ultimately, is the message of the Gospel to all of us sinners: repent and get not just a life, but Eternal Life. But you need to start repenting fast, if only to become a more civil human being.
Please, you’re giving your fellow anti-Mormons a bad name. Many of them are actually civil and have posted some thought-provoking on-topic comments – but yours are no longer welcome. Please e-mail me when you’re willing to change and be more respectful and we can try again.
Ladies and gentleman, the comments feature on this blog or any other blog is a privilege extended to readers willing to be civil. It is not some kind of right that anyone has. You have no more right to post anything you want on this blog than I have to tattoo your forehead with the design of my choice – but I could recommend some lovely custom logos –(must . . . resist . . . temptation. . .). For those who can’t handle that, I’ve got some great news: you can go somewhere else! Now! Hurry!