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March 29, 2008

Fitna Thread Closed and Deleted

I will put the Dollard link back up later. I was going to put it up now and say "No comments" but given the fact I asked people to ratchet it down and was generally ignored I don't imagine anyone will respect my wishes this time, either.

For everyone who vented at Muslims generally and didn't take my advice to ratchet it down -- thanks, you are officially responsible for the most complained-about thread in this site's history. Take a bow.

I am really, really getting fucking sick of saying the same basic thing over and over again.

To the same fucking people, by and large.

I should say this is a difficult call because there are legitimate discussions to be had about precisely how complicit most Muslims are in terrorism, and how much Islam itself is to blame.

But for the love of God, please understand that when you broach these concededly-legitimate topics you should do so as thoughtfully as possible, and not in the white heat of anger.

BTW, erg has been banned. I hope. To be honest, I've been "banning" him not realizing that my "bans" only applied to a commenting system that was no longer even use. I have written Pixy to put him on the real banned list, so we'll see if it takes this time.

I realize that that was part of the problem, and that he stirred some up by immediately (of course) claiming Christianity was the "real" problem.

But just because he's a terrorist symp is really not a license to write crap here that would get you fired at work were you to say it there.

This is a business. People do read this at work.

I am getting tired of having to remind people of these basic facts. You are threatening my very goddamned livelihood and no, your "right" to free expression is not going to trump my right to make a buck.

Here's a simple guideline: Before you spout off on a charged issue, ask yourself if someone reading this at work might be in trouble with Human Resources for reading the site if a coworker happened to read your commnent.

If the answer is "Yes," then do not hit publish. Take a breather, rethink, reconsider, rewrite. Or consider exiting the argument altogether if you find you're too angry to mind a respectful, respectable tone.

Either there's going to be some self-regulation here or there's going to be external regulation. Either way, there is going to be regulation.

That's just the way it fucking is.

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