I chose the title of this post because it is the title of another bloggers post that I frequent. His name is ColorStorm. Unfortunately for me, I am not very welcome there because my views are not in line with his and my questions are too troublesome or “corrupting”. As a result of this, it is near impossible to have a conversation with him or any of his other readers because my comments are routinely moderated, edited or outright deleted. I have been challenged by one of his readers thusly:
“@Ashely. If I were to cruise over to your blog, just randomly pick a post and randomly start quoting Scripture, would you allow it in the sense of free speech? If the answer is yes, that’s pretty exciting and I will be there shortly. As long as I can say what I want with no restrictions or relation to the post. But, somehow, I don’t think you would allow that.”
This blog post is my acceptance of his challenge. This is an open invitation to any and to all. Come and speak your mind. You will not be censored, nor will you be edited by me. I don’t care what your views on anything are, you will always be free to say what you want on my blog. I would prefer that your posts at least be about the subject matter at hand. If you want to quote scripture for example, fine – but I would appreciate it if you would make it relevant to the issue under discussion. If you want to ramble on about nothing, feel free, but I will simply ask – to what end? You’ll succeed only in making yourself look like a fool in my opinion. But if that’s what you want to do, I won’t try and stop you.
I do not find ColorStorm’s moderating/editing/censoring tactics surprising given his position on Free Speech: “The cry for free speech from certain circles, is simply a plea for tolerance of the mindless. You want to express your free speech? Go ahead, and I’ll decide if I want those seeds of words in my garden, lest they grow to weeds or poison ivy that spreads.”
Now, one need only do a cursory review of that statement to realize that said individual does NOT actually believe in Free Speech – at least not on his blog. For other people’s blog’s perhaps, but not on his. However, since it’s his blog and these are free countries (his and mine), he’s perfectly free to exercise his right of determining who can and can’t express themselves freely on his blog. What I can do though, is make the observation that there must be some deep-seated terror or massively unnerving insecurity within himself that would result in the decision to delete criticisms and inconvenient questions and pretend they never existed. His position must be so weak that it is indefensible and is unable to withstand a close scrutiny of the claims. This, as everyone should be immediately able to recognize, are the actions of a dictator, a tyrant and a coward. I will also make another observation that these actions are identical to the actions of the Christian God in every way. A demanding, childish, petty, vain, jealous, and insecure god that wants complete devotion and attention from his worshippers and will not tolerate any dissent.
I for one, don’t think it’s a co-incidence that some of his most devout followers act exactly the same way.