Ever since we strengthened our spam filter, leading a number of comments to be caught in our “Moderation Queue,” I have been astounded to discover there the number of comments of readers who have been banned from this site, many of them in the same tone which caused these individuals to lose their privilege to comment here.
I will never (fully) understand why those who so revile us spend so much time on this site, not merely reading (or claiming to read) our posts, but also taking the time to write comments telling how much they hate us, but failing to address the points we’ve made.
Some just attack us with one individual offering this comment: “why should anyone be surprised at the bigotry towards homosexuals expressed by conservatives. conservatives by definition are narrow-minded, living in the past and have a hard time thinking out of the paper bag of limited ideas they place themselves in.” It’s obvious this individual has not spent much time reading conservatives blogs — or otherwise familiarizing himself with conservative ideas.
Let me make clear, this does not hold true for all of our critics, many of whom make valid points about our posts and address weaknesses in our arguments.
What strikes me the most about our angry critics is what I call, their “entitlement mentality,” they feel they have a right to post on this site and that our banning them deprives them of free speech. But, the banning does no such thing. They are welcome to find other fora to vent their hatred of conservatives — and there are many such blogs which specialize in that.
Once again, I express the wish that those who disagree with us who take the time to read our posts, take the time to craft serious rebuttals to our arguments, understand that we put them forward in good faith and that we welcome serious discussion. It’s why we have a comments section. There are those who do that.
Then, there are also those who have a very strong animus against those on the right. And yet their very comments indicate how limited their understanding is of those they hate so much. Indeed, they frequently misrepresent the posts to which they attach their comments. And why is it, I wonder, that they spend so much at a blog whose ideas they understand so little but hate so much?