I just thought I’d make a note about how to have an honest, open discussion on a blog.
First of all, some people have wondered about my comment moderation policy. It’s pretty simple: I have only one person in my moderation queue, and that is because he made repeated demeaning and disgusting comments to other commenters. That’s it.
Other than that, comments go into the queue when someone posts for the first time. Once the initial comments are approved, comments are automatically posted without moderation. On rare occasions I have edited comments to remove profane or abusive language, but other than that, I let people speak for themselves in their own words. (A technical note: comments are logged by email address, so if you use the same email address, your comments will be posted without moderation after the initial post. I once had a commenter who was furious with me because his comments went into the queue, but that was because he typed in his email address incorrectly.)
I say this because Meg Stout and her friends are free to say whatever they wish over here. I would love to have this conversation on Meg’s “home turf,” but that’s apparently not possible. (She blogs at millennialstar.org.) Every comment I’ve made has gone into her moderation queue, and only some have been approved. This has left the impression that I am not responding to some pretty egregious misrepresentations of my position and personal insults.
In the end, though, Meg has steadfastly refused to provide documentary evidence that supports her “narrative framework,” as she puts it. So long as that evidence is not forthcoming, there’s no point in continuing this conversation. And if she ever provides any documentary evidence, I’m pretty sure the conversation won’t continue on her blog, but here.