Do You Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?

Periodically, someone will ask me why I keep printing Ashwin’s comments, or wonder if I ever get any other comments from Prevailing Winds readers. Well, today seemed like a good day to answer.

I print Ashwin’s comments because he’s thoughtful and respectful. Other comments sometimes aren’t. Here’s a gem from a guy with a Christian website; I found it just today and thought I’d share with you an example of some of what passes for dialogue with some of Christiandom’s manlier denizens:

His email to me:

Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 21:27:56 -0600
Subject: Comrade…
From: signa.inferre@gmail.com
To: keelyemerinemix2008@hotmail.com

I have read your Marxist blog, and also disagree with you that the Ten Commandments are out dated. Please see my response here:

http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/12/suicide-of-christianity.html

My response, from a couple of weeks ago:

Sorry I missed your email; somehow it got lost in the fray. You are aware, of course, that I am not a Marxist and that I do not believe that the Decalogue is outdated. That it gives you comfort to believe so is interesting, and about as tragic and misguided as your blog. Feel free to respond, and do so with the courageous use of your real name.

Keely

And from my Inbox today, from the same address:

Dude, you responded to me like a year ago, you dumb slut.

Get a fucking life.

(End of exchange, mercifully)

So, to answer the question, no, I don’t print all of the comments I receive, and yes, I appreciate Ashwin’s contributions, however much we disagree.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to spend some time trying to figure out how I can be both a “dumb slut” and a Dude …

One Response to “Do You Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?”

  1. Ashwin says:

    While one could find sympathy with the view that perhaps stoning of disobedient children is outdated, the Ten Commandments are particularly valid now. Which one is outdated?

    Not only are they valid, they are indespensible. A poor man will be destroyed by any of those transgressions. And here is the great betrayal of the poor by the middle-classes.

    The middle classes should have set a good example in leading holy lives to the poor. The poor don’t need handouts, they need role-models. And they look up to the middle classes to provide them. So if the middle class starts lying and cheating and and sleeping around, SO DO THE POOR. And it DESTROYS them.

    The right-of-center hypocrites who are made out to be the villains in the media have a serious point. The breakdown of societal standards of decency will, as do all tragedies, wreak its greatest havoc in the lives of the MOST vulnerable.

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