You know how Mark Shea and a few of his commenters came to my blog and left comments, then decided people weren’t responding to his comments quick enough and so he pitched a fit on his blog (even though I answered him once I got back home…we’ll see if he responds)? You can go to that post right now and read those comments, even though they accused me of ducking the facts. A person seeking the truth doesn’t shirk the statements of their detractors (and you’ll note how petty the Catholic interlocutors were, including Mark Shea – the comments remain).
Shea clearly views responding to such comments as not only the responsibility of the blog’s author, but also of the commenters. He has, however, devised a solution that absolves himself and his readers of the same responsibility when the tables are turned: if you just delete detracting comments, there’s nothing to which you must respond! At least he reacted faster than I, so good on him.
It’s pretty brilliant in a shifty, hypocritical, but still-want-to-pretend-he-has-the-moral-high-ground way. Frankly, it’s fittingly Catholic. No wonder he’s loved the last couple of Popes.
This was the whole point of my post at Mark. There’s not a whole lot of consistency (read: fairness) going on with his behavior. It scarcely bothers me at all (I’m actually happy to see religious bloggers acting like this), and I suspect it bothers Mark Shea even less.
Holy shit! This guy is hilarious. Behold, this comment:
The guy could have written me himself. But he didn’t. I feel no burning need to check his blog. So I linked your comment, Mr. Minion. Good enough for me.
God damn! The guy demands a retraction and then doesn’t even read it. What’s a well-intentioned atheist to do?
This is coming from the guy who wrote this post and expected me to read it. And he won’t post a retraction or respond because I wrote a blog about it instead of messaging him directly. If only I’d known I could’ve cited his blog post and said I won’t post a retraction because Mark didn’t message me directly.
I’ll bet Mark would’ve just nodded his head and said “fair point.”