Back in May I wrote a post titled “Don’t feed the trolls?” regarding principally Salvage the atheist commenter that haunts my blog. My commenting policy has always been rather liberal and mostly will continue to be. Though I have decided to finally ban Salvages comments. No doubt some will get through at times, but future comments will all be deleted.
In some ways Salvage amused me in that if anything he only confirmed me in my faith. Though it is a bad idea to let a single representative of a point of view stand for all even if they are somewhat representative of the so-called New Atheists. The banning is due to the following reasons.
- Almost zero engagement. Replies are pretty much always an exaggeration on the topic and make no effort to understand the countering-position. You can understand an opponents positions without embracing it.
- Multiple streams of comments clogging up my comment boxes. The spam like mentality is not an effort at a conversation, but just distraction.
- I don’t mind opposition to what I have to say or what the Church teaches. It is very good to learn countering-arguments and to come to a better understanding of the issues involved. I found instead that I pretty much stopped reading Salvage’s comments.
I see you’re deleting my posts / not letting me post anymore, that’s a win for me, if means that I finally presented a fact you simply could not handle, I guess the whole thing about the woman pro-creating herself to poverty and early death put it over the edge.
That’s the end game you’re trying to create with your so-called “pro-life” nonsense.
But you don’t care about that, you have a Heaven to get into.
You’re an idiot and a coward but hey, that’s theism!
Actually his comment only proved the point of what Archbishop Socrates Villegas said. The problem with poverty is not population. Poverty is nothing new and has been with us long before the present day. The poor have always been with us. But there is a vast difference between helping the poor and helping the poor to never exist in the first place. My wife is Filipino and I have seen first-hand the extreme poverty. But I have never looked on the face of the poor and thought – if only they didn’t exist. Maybe his reply was what broke the camels back in that this is a very serious subject for me and the Culture of Death attitude is not something I take likely and I just saw no positive fruits in future engagement.
So if Salvage considers he won – fine. Just not sure exactly what he won. But I am just another idiot and coward for theism -yeah.
Now I have been praying for Salvage daily and I will not be banning him from my prayer intentions. I hope the best for Salvage and his constant angry comments on my blog were not the best for him.