I have investigated the controversial deletion of the comment in Mr. Frank Knotts post. It seems that no one deleted it. On occassion, the spam filter hiccups as some frequent commenters know. I apologize to the agrevied party and I am happy the comment was rescued.
I believe it is essential that we maintain a forum which allows the expression of ideas. I will always support that whether or not I agree with the ideas. I do not believe that is a suicide pact for our contributors to be subjected to a daily onslaught of slander, insults, and character assasination. I find that when a thread is a vibrant discussion of ideas, but then someone starts turning it into a circus of insults that the vibrancy often dries up. People need a relatively safe place to share.
Would you expect to get away with the same at Newszap, Delaware online, or Redstate? We purposefully try to be more open and less restrictive than other sites, but that should not come at the expense of the reputations of my friends who contribute many hours of their time for free.
Please be civil. That does not mean avoid a give and take or saying you think someone should be supported or not or has good ideas or qualifications or not, but we can leave the hatred, claims of anti-semiticism, racism, homophobia, or whatever out.
That is my point of view. Thanks for reading our blog. I hope to have a forum where you can contribute your ideas freely without fear of recrimination against your reputation.