Too Good to be True...
Paul Manata at Press the Antithesis recently reinstated the comments capability on his blog amid criticism that he was trying to silence discussion and remove a fun and interactive part of his site.
I thought it was a very good thing. But I quickly realized that it was too good to be true...
The only places on the Internet where I have personally experienced censorship are 1. Christianforums.com, and 2. Manata's blog. I made a somewhat sarcastic post in his comments section, which I didn’t think was a big deal because it also did contain a relevant question. Manata really didn’t like it, he deleted it, and then he added a rule that discriminates against atheists, saying that sarcastic atheist posts will be deleted.
Manata apparently subscribes to censorship. Every reader here should note that neither I at my Kill The Afterlife blog, nor Franc or any of the writers here at this blog, ever practice censorship of comments by any member of any belief systems, regardless of the sarcastic content. The only thing I’ve ever deleted at my blog is spam, and that’s all I will ever delete. Its a good thing that some of us individualist thinking types will allow free speech and uninhibited discourse, regardless of our dislike of the content of comment posts. We even let Hashishan Prophet have his say for cryin out loud! Goose the Antithesis doesn't even have a 6 point list of rules for the comments, and Kill The Afterlife only has one rule: spam is deleted. Everything else stays.
Manata says that sin makes people stupid. Is censorship an intelligent Christian thing or a stupid authoritarian thing? Manata probably thinks that it is the former, strangely enough.
I must say that Manata's apologetic techniques are not very effective. He also seems to be okay with double standards in that he is fully aware that atheist bloggers like us allow all him and other Christians to post all kinds of ad hominem, sarcastic, and other not-so-nice things on our blogs without fear of deletion. But he does not wish to afford us the same consideration on his blog.
So now my feelings on Paul's reinstatement of comments is mixed. I’m glad he reinstated them, but I’m disappointed that he maintains a Gestapo-like stranglehold on their content, especially when he is censoring and pushing away the very people he is supposed to be trying to convert!
I have reached a few conclusions about this whole thing:
1. Manata is more interested in preaching to the choir than saving souls.
2. Manata does not believe in treating others the same way they treat him.
3. Manata wants to have extra restrictions for non-Christians.
4. Manata literally does not know how to show anyone the love of Christ.
5. Manata's Christianity is in question. He loves not his neighbor, and treats atheists worse than atheists treat him. Like a particular Bible character, Manata has admitted that atheists have hardened his heart. What happened to that Bible character whose heart was hardened by the way?
6. Manata is a pro-censorship, anti-American, anti-freedom communist. Like our dear leader Lord Bush said, "They hate America because they hate our freedom."
Manata, you have taken a step in the right direction, only to take a step back again. Embrace the free-speech ideas of your homeland! Join me, my American brother, in providing free expression of ideas for all of us, from blog to shining blog!
*UPDATE* Manata has made a 7th rule that casts a dark shadow over his blog: he will delete any and all comments mentioning the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Rather than attempt to refute the FSM, he simply wants to delete it to make it go away. Groundfighter76 is applauding Paul's censorship practices, which only goes to show that Christianity tends to make a person "hate freedom" and become more "anti-American."
With restrictions like these, it becomes almost pointless for an atheist to post anything at all, and therefore defeats the purpose of Paul's comments except for serving as a cheerleading device to pump up his obviously insecure ego. The fact that all the other Christians support his censorship forces me to believe that they also are not interested in saving souls or facilitating communication between the two worldviews. They simply want to have pow-wow's where they all stroke eachother and attempt to convince themselves that what they believe in is true and real.