Delusion & Moderation
OK, I’ve got a new moderation rule here at the old blog. I probably don’t have to say this since most of the folks who comment here are decent, civil people of a pleasant and respectful demeanor. I have no problems with people questioning each other’s belief systems, as long as people conduct the discussion in a polite, civil fashion. In the spirit of this statement, I will in no way tolerate one person dismissing another person as delusional. This is a tactic used by some atheists in denigrating their opponents during a discussion. It seems to have become popular since the publication of Richard Dawkin’s book The God Delusion. In the tradition of “monkey see, monkey do” some theists are now using this tactic as well. I consider this to be a personal attack and will moderate any comment containing this kind of language.
I realize that some people will dismiss this new rule as a “politically correct” restriction of intellectual debate. Tough crackers. There are plenty of ways to tell another person that you feel they are mistaken without insulting them. If you feel particularly attached to using this kind of verbiage, there are many venues where you are free to do so. My blog is not one of them.
That is all.
Edited to add:
It also occurs to me that using the terms delusion and delusional is an attempt to employ the social stigma surrounding mental illness as a means of denigrating another person in a discussion. This is a manifestation of prejudice against people who suffer from mental illness and is yet another reason why I will not tolerate this kind of language in this blog space. As with any words that employ prejudice as an epithet, I deplore such language.
You will be warned only once. Persisting in using this language will result in being permanently banned from participating in commenting.