Just a short note: feo is not banned from this blog. That's the first thing that needs to be said. I am more than willing to engage with those of disparate positions and opinions and to provide the opportunity for such to fully present them. That's never been a problem for me. I welcome it more than agreement with the like-minded.
But feo isn't willing to engage. From his first visit to this blog, he's done little more than assert, condescend, insult and attack, all without a shred of supporting evidence. This is a guy who claims a vast educational background including seminary training. His demeanor, prideful, arrogant and as I said, condescending, belies any claims of Christian devotion. And like Dan, his support for sexual immorality and the murder of innocents also suggests otherwise. As such, he has long since worn out his welcome as if his only goal is to be banned outright and with extreme prejudice.
But feo doesn't get to call the shots here. Instead, he now has very strict guidelines for maintaining his welcome. From this point forward, be it commenting on this post, or any future or past post, he is now required to be the kindest, most gracious and humble visitor to this blog. No insults, no condescension, no arrogance, no profane or obscene talk or words of any kind. The standards his ongoing, unrepentant behavior has invited has put him in a very special and unique category. He must maintain these high standards even in the face of direct and purposeful attack and provocation directed at him by absolutely anyone else. Any comment he posts that is in breach of these standards will result in the deletion of the comment as soon as I read it.
To all others, know that should you respond to a comment by feo that is anything less than saintly in tone, it may appear to be speaking to no one after feo's comment is deleted. I may even delete your response as well, just for the sake of clarity.
feo needs to believe that I delete his comments because I'm afraid of the "facts" he presents, even though he doesn't post facts, or what he posts has no relevance to the topic. And that's another standard he must uphold. He is not free to commandeer a thread as he tries to do with too much frequency. He is free to request that I cover a topic, but he is not free to go off on tangents or to attempt to start a new discussion unrelated to the topic at hand.
I've always maintained that it isn't so much name-calling that's a problem in today's culture. It's the unjustified name-calling. That is, as an example, feo constantly calling me a racist without ever...EVER having offered even one bit of evidence in support of the charge. Opposing, say, affirmative action policy, Barack Obama's presidency or rioting by blacks after a black thug is killed while committing a crime, is not evidence of racism in the least. BUT, feo is allowed to say, in the nicest way possible (as judged by me), "I think your position is racist, and here's why..." which is likely to begin a legitimate back and forth (until he reverts to his usual prideful and hateful ways).
As I type this, feo may well be posting his usual hateful drivel. Those comments are not long for this blog. I'm suggesting there will never again be a comment of feo's that does not get deleted, because he doesn't have the character to act as if he actually has the character of a Christian. If anyone wants to start a pool, let me know here.