Suppose I walked over to your house, opened the door, walked in, and proceeded to deliver myself of a discourse in this vein: “You putrid scum! I loathe you and your vile ideas!”.
Probably you would steer me toward the door and, if I resisted, push me out. If I kept trying to shove my way back in, spewing insults and profanity and shouting that I have a right to be heard, you’d call the cops. If I kept it up day after day, you’d get a restraining order to keep me off your property. I’d be recognized as a buffoon and a barbarian by any civilized person.
But people do this every day in my comboxes and actually have the utter lack of self-awareness to whine that I am “censoring” them when I boot them for being boors and buffoons. They seem not to grasp the simple words “Get your own damn blog.”
Note to boors and buffoons: I owe you no forum. If you are such a loser that nobody reads your blog, that’s not my problem. I have zero responsibility to give you a place to insult me or those I care about. Please clip and save this news flash.
This was a post on Mark Shea’s blog today. I thought of your friend “Joel”.