Since I have been blogging, I have had thousands upon thousands of comments from readers. I love them. You bloggers out there know that one of the best parts of blogging is reading what others have to say. Faithful readers will know that sometimes we get into very elaborate discussions about important things as well as unimportant things, and sometimes we just riff off of each other when we are being goofy. It can be educational, inspirational, and hysterical. (Though rarely all at the same time.)
Yesterday, when I posted "Mormonism: You Probably Won't Get It", I knew that I would get a lot of response. Every now and again I write something that I think is important. (Not that all of my posts aren't genius, but some aren't that important. Case in point: click here) Yesterday's post rocketed up the list to my #4 post of all time - and climbing.
What came with the hits was something new: Opposition. In one single day I received more critical, offensive, and hostile comments than in the previous 3,000 comments. Apparently the simplicity of my message riled some people up. I choose to wear it as a badge of honor.
I don't know about yours, but I paid extra to have a special keyboard made that has, what the salesman called, a "Delete" key. It is magical, and powerful. With it, I have the ability to destroy anything on my screen, and in turn, anything on my blog. Some might argue that I should use it more when I write, but that is for another discussion.
So yesterday, I used my Delete key with great success. What? That is CENSORSHIP! How could you be so neanderthal?
(Help! I'm being repressed!)
Yes, it is censorship. I am judge, jury and executioner when it comes to comments on my blog. The key word here is MY blog. If you want to have your own blog, have at it. It's free: http://www.blogger.com
I respect the rights of others to have opinions that differ from mine. I also respect the rights of people to shout those opinions from the mountaintops, if they feel so inclined.
In turn, I would expect those same people to respect my right to refuse to provide a platform for what I know to be false and misleading comments.
Don't confuse this with the wonderful discussions we have about gospel topics. I enjoy sincere, honest discussions that help us understand the gospel better, and become better saints. I don't mind if you disagree with me. The difference is that the new comments I have been receiving are from people looking to tear down the church, and lure people away from it.
Not on my blog. Not on my watch.
Here is are basic concepts upon which this blog is founded:
1) God lives, and loves us. Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer of Mankind.
2) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church upon the earth, and the only church that has the priesthood authority required to perform saving ordinances.
3) The Church was restored through a modern-day prophet named Joseph Smith. He and his successors, up to and including Thomas S. Monson, are prophets in the most literal sense. As are the apostles that serve with them. We should give them heed.
4) The Book of Mormon is the word of God.
5) We can strengthen each other by learning and sharing our experiences.
6) We can also laugh at our culture and each other and still be righteous.
So, if you want to espouse your belief that the church isn't true, or that it needs reformed, your comment will be deleted. If you want to tell me how the prophet and the brethren are not inspired and are out-of-touch, I will delete that too. If you want to be harshly critical or aggressive to any of my readers, I will delete that too. Besides, there are plenty of other blogs out there that will embrace and celebrate your hostility.
I have a magic button, and I'm not afraid to use it. I have also had to implement comment moderation, so that I can look at a comment before it goes up on the blog. Sorry, I am loathe to do that, but it has become necessary for now.
My invitation is this: If you want to participate with a great group of people, discuss gospel topics, have some fun, and work our way through this difficult world together, then you are welcome here with open arms, and open hearts.
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