I created this blog because many of my comments were/are being censored at the First Things/First Thoughts blog, (http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/) “published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, to advance a religiously informed public philosophy.”
I was posting under “Heather” or “Alessandra” mostly.
There are some ideas and viewpoints that are routinely censored at “First Things/First Thoughts.” You will find them here.
Unfortunately, since most of these comments were made in the context of a debate with other commenters at “First Things/First Thoughts,” if the editors censor my comments, they also stunt the debate, allowing only one “side” to make its arguments or to counter-argue. It is clear sometimes that this is exactly the main objective of the editor(s): To censor a counter-argument that exposes the flaws with a certain viewpoint. It usually gives the impression that the censored commenter had nothing more to say or to argue, given that blog readers cannot know which posts were censored. As a consequence, a commenter with a flawed argument appears to have “won” the debate, since counter-arguments are never made, because they are never allowed to be posted. But the readers don’t know that.
Well, you will find many of mine here.
Update 25 Dec 2012
It seems I have been banned from the First Thoughts site. None of my comments are being posted. Their action goes against the very spirit of Christian ethics. You can check out my second blog here: http://alessandrareflections.wordpress.com/
As you will note, if you read this blog, I’ve decided to keep track of several of my comments that get censored around the blogsphere (and not just for the First Things blog, where I was banned). For each post, I identify the blog and article and comment thread, and post what got censored. I think it’s quite revealing to see what topics are more prominently censored and by whom.
From my former “Making Sense” blog:
“J’aime pas les pseudo-démocrates qui refusent toute discussion en vomissant, en des termes peu ou fréquemment usités, leur haine de ceux qui osent les contredire.”
First Things/First Thoughts blog”published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, to advance a religiously informed public philosophy.”
First Things/First Thoughts blog, “published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, to advance a religiously informed public philosophy.”
First Things/First Thoughts blog, (“published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, to advance a religiously informed public philosophy.”