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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Personal Non Grata

Lo and behold, I've discovered that I'm unwelcome at three papal blogs, Ius Honorarium, Reditus, and Rorate Caeli. The moral of the story: I'm just not cut out for ecumenical work. My "open and frank" conversation style has struck again.

Ius is Gabriel's latest blog, and I was banned for commenting less-than-nicely about the death of the last Habsburg. Oh well. The blog had little information value for me, but was an opportunity to clarify misapprehensions about libertarianism and Austrian economics as well as listen to papalized potshots at Orthodoxy.

Arturo, the host of Reditus, didn't ban me but began censoring my comments a month or two ago. That's a passive-aggressive approach best suited for wanna-be revolutionaries. The second deleted comment confirmed what was happening, and it's been that long since I've visited.

Carlos, the host of Rorate Caeli, wouldn't permit my only comment to be posted. I struck out pretty quickly there.

Feel free to comment at any of the above blogs, and I hope that you have better luck than I did.

Since I'm on the subject, let me clarify this blog's comment policy:

No Comments Shall Be Censored.

I'm an Enlightenment fan, and freewheelin' discussion is desirable.
Anonymity is welcome. Keep your children away, if necessary.


Sophocles said...

No!! They didn't!!!..er, they did. Oh well.

I like your policy. And since we're on the subject, one of the things I liked most about Owen's old blog was his allowing anyone to post without censorship. I think I only saw him ban someone once. At the end, Owen did become much less tolerant but given what revealed itself later as to his present direction, I'd say it's understandable.

Stay salty Vis.

Visibilium said...

I appreciate your kind comments.

It seems that becoming papalized makes one more sensitive or less tolerant or...less free? They can have it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's because you can "sound like a jerk".

Visibilium said...

Yep, I don't mince words sometimes, and I'm frankly impatient with platitudes and well-trod cliches. Guilty as charged.

Anonymous said...

You're sounding kinda hypersensitive yourself, Visi. Three blogs "ban" you and you then proceed to 1) blog about it, 2) assume it's because you're being "open and frank," 3) blanket label said bloggers as "papalist," 4) coyly blame belief in the papacy for hypersensitivity and intolerance, and 5) proudly strut like a peacock about your immunity from platitudes and well-trod cliches. Way to demonstrate the Orthodox difference there, champ.

Visibilium said...

Maybe, maybe not. By the way, only one site banned me. You're not trying to deliberately distort my position are you?

Anonymous said...

Implying that being a "papalist", ( whatever that is),automatically leads to an intolerance of other opinions is a rather strange argument for someone claiming to be "Orthodox", ( whatever that means), given the history of anti-Catholicism, anti-other Christian, anti-other religions that so many "Orthodox" profess.

Visibilium said...

1. Let me know what you find out about papalists since I didn't use that term. It's a polite version of papist, I think. I'd have to hang out at the ecumenist blogs to discover what's fashionably polite. 2. The question remains whether Christians exist outside of the Orthodox Church. Certainly, non-Orthodox are colloquially referred to as Christians. Some Orthodox people treated other people badly, but that's not an Orthodox trait. 3. The RCC's history is rife with censorship like Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Anonymous said...

Is the author of the Ius Honorarium an ex-Orthodox? I get the impression that this is so and was recent move?

Visibilium said...

Yes, he reverted to Old Rome earlier this year or late last year. It's sad to see someone choose the broad path.

Bernard Brandt said...

I suppose that having comments deleted is somewhat better than both having them deleted and having the weblog owner use IP Address Blocker in an attempt to prevent the reader from even accessing his weblog.

Like John Beeler, the not-so-Young-Fogey.

Fortunately, I've found a number of ways around his address blocker. I will not say what they are, to prevent him from adapting his censorious approach.

Nonetheless, the only times that I will delete a comment is when it constitutes off-topic spam, as in "you can get girls by signing into www.cyberporn.com", or some such.

Generally, though, I have found that those who censor comments do so when they are not able to give what they consider to be a good response, either because of the deficiency of their intellectual equipment, or because of the indefensibility of ideas which they hold dear.

Pity for them. Bully for you.

Dale said...

If it makes you feel any better, I am unwelcome on several Byzantine Tzaropapist blogs!

Dale said...

Should mention that I was banned from one Byzantine blog for using direct quotes from Greek bishops supporting abortion, and membership in the Greek denomination based solely upon race. it seems that that flies in the face of convertdoxy imaginary religion.

Visibilium said...

I'm opposed to the operation of handjob sites of whatever religion.