One of my regular readers/commenters emails
First of all, kudos to you for developing such a great & varied blog…..there is always something comment worthy on there & your seemingly endless supply of information is interesting & entertaining!
But more than this, thank you for continuing to fight for gay marriage. I am impressed that someone who calls themselves a Christian (I have the same faith but just don’t feel the label applies to me), is able to see this issue for what it is; law abiding people who deserve the same rights as other law abiding people. I was a late comer to the issue of gay marriage primarily because I thought Civil Unions sorted it and because I never really gave it much thought. This I think is something too many people have done; we have taken for granted a civil right that we have never had withheld, never had to fight for.
But the depressing thing is that you are never going to get these anti gay people on your blog to go away and the silent majority will remain silent. I love defending the underdog and I am a real stickler for the principle of the issue, but even I am just amazed how, despite putting some rather obvious facts out there, these so-called clever people (they seem to be on other issues), just skirt around them and bury their heads deep into the sand.
So I think you have two choices here: block these people who continue to espouse the same myths, crazy, bigotry and general hate or stop these posts as honestly, so many of these comments are so offensive and I hate to think how they are affecting some gay people – especially the young ones. I have yet to decide which comments are worse – the outright offensive ones (like Redbaiter et al) or the gentler toned ones full of patronizing comments that reek of condemnation and judgment (such as Lucia or Random66). It is so demoralising that so many people have so little empathy and kindness for their fellow man.
These people just don’t seem to understand that the issue is not about whether homosexuality is normal; it is about giving law-abiding people the same full societal rights that other law-abiding people enjoy.
You seem to get this, Polish seems to get this & the lefties who come on here seem to get it, but the core of these commentators (not necessarily your squillions of readers) are just never going to get it. I am not sure if it is because that they are too blind, stupid or just plain scared of something they don’t understand.
Either way these posts are showing how ugly some people really are and what concerns me is the vulnerable person struggling with their sexuality reading this and harming themselves.
However, if you do decide to keep fighting the good fight via your blog, then perhaps you should get someone like Margaret Mayman to do a guest post. She and a Catholic priest shared their views on Stuff a couple of weeks ago. See http://www.stuff.co.nz/
dominion-post/comment/7378904/ For-and-against-Same-sex- marriage.
I would imagine that few people would dare to write hateful comments to a minister – or at least one would hope!
I don’t believe in banning, though the few I have banned have just been personally abusive. I am in favour is having the offensive and outrageous commenters comment. They do not realise that that they do their cause no end of damage. I for one think that their ideas should be shouted from the rooftops instead of hidden. The more people see of intolerance the more they can oppose it and mock it.
Silly ideas should be laughed at, not hidden. Our society would be the poorer for it should any government decide that it wants to restrict speech with so-called hate speech laws. I would oppose such measures with every breathe in my body and all of the influence this small blog can muster.