I previously stated that I would not allow anonymous comments on my blog. A previously-anonymous commentator then signed himself or herself up with the name "Hater of Liberals" and posted a response, which I approved.
And I now find myself thinking that I am not going to allow any more posts from a person with a blogtag like "Hater of Liberals."
Yet when I ponder taking such an action, I then challenge myself with thoughts like this:
- Am I afraid to hear views that are very different from my own, and very challenging?
- Isn't that a form of censorship, which I generally abhor?
- Why not let the, ahem, ideas flow freely, so that we can all learn from each other?
The world is full of brutal, hate-filled, and/or greedy people. They make the world a much uglier, harsher place. I can't stop them from existing, but I can keep them off my blog.
So...no haters on my blog. I will not accept comments from people with hateful tags. I will not publish comments that contain vile, spiteful, malicious comments.
So Hater of Liberals can now change his/her tag and then perhaps his/her comments will make it onto my blog. Maybe not.