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Quote of the day, Dreher edition

“The ideas that rage is a sign of authenticity, and the Cause relieves us of our obligation to respect the basic humanity of our opponents, are poisonous ones. People can be wrong without being evil; that’s a truth we’re losing sight of in our political culture, and it’s going to cost us plenty.”

— My blog neighbor Rod Dreher, speaking of civility and other things, here.

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posted July 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

Except, of course when racists want to post on Mr. Dreher’s blog. That’s just fine with him.
I’m sorry, Deacan Kandra, but there is too much hypocrisy (in the proper definition of the word) in Dreher’s moderation for me to believe he means what he says. Were he to bring the racists to order, I would feel more inclined to take his words as genuine.
As they stand, I see them more as a protest directed towards those with whom he disagrees then a heartfelt plea. Especially given his tolerance of the last musings by racists on his blog regarding white people arming themselves.
[Well, Pan, I can’t speak for Rod. But I know myself how challenging it is to manage and moderate a busy blog. There are sentiments expressed in these pages that I don’t agree with myself, and it can be tough to decide sometimes where to draw the line. Generally, I think most of us prefer to be moderators, not censors.]

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posted July 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Deacon Kandra,
I agree – it is no doubt very difficult to decide where to set the limits.
Personally, I feel you should always permit me to voice my august opinions on this, that and whatever without hesitation.
That said, and I thank you for letting me voice my reservations, I do agree with Rod Dreher on the general principle of civility.
Ronald Reagan used to say, if somebody agreed with you on 80%, they were your political friend. Today, anything less than 100%, and one is an implacable enemy.
It’s only going to get worse, if we don’t all take this message to heart.
I think it would be a good thing for liberals (like me) to remember that we have been wrong in the past (NAFTA, anybody?). I have no advice for conservatives, except to note that equating two men or two women who commit to love each other and care for each other for all their lives with abortionists, rapists, pedophiles and murders is not an argument.

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