I'm really sorry to have to do this, folks. I've appreciated being able to have an open-comments policy for a long time, and to have relatively few occasions when I had to delete anybody for foul language, abusive comments, trolling or the like.
But as some of you may have noticed, ever since I posted recently about torture and announced the formation of the Coalition for Clarity blog, this blog has been stalked by a rather tiresome one-note wonder sort of troll, a person who has apparently decided that anybody who is against torture must also be a) for abortion and b) a Democrat. Why this person thinks this despite evidence to the contrary I can only wonder; suffice it to say that nobody who actually reads this blog would ever suspect me of being in favor of abortion or a Democrat.
In point of fact, I've written posts against abortion over one hundred times since this blog began, and that's just the ones I remembered to tag (I'm terrible about tagging posts). My present focus on the torture issue does not mean in any way that I have forgotten that abortion is the gravest moral evil that threatens our generation. What I do think is that our focus on abortion does not absolve us from considering the moral implications of other evils. As a Catholic, I am against abortion, artificial contraception, ESCR, IVF, and similar evils which reduce human life to a commodity; I am also against unjust war, torture, the indiscriminate use of the death penalty, and other evils which deprive human beings of their dignity. It is not a contradiction for someone convinced of the evils of both to oppose both abortion and torture; it is, in fact, Catholic to do so.
I could just keep deleting posts from my stalker-troll, but my problem with that is that he/she is shutting down conversation and comment from more reasonable people on this and other issues. Nothing is more tiresome than to be reading the comment thread on a blog and realize that a troll is having a field day unchecked by the blog owner, and yet the realities of my life mean that I can't sit in front of the computer for hours at a time to make sure nothing like that is going on here.
Still, I was hesitant to switch over to a comment system where you have to have a Google account or Open ID etc. to comment; I know that some of my regular commenters don't use such systems, and I don't want to deprive anybody of the ability to comment permanently. So perhaps when the troll has moved on to something more interesting I'll be able to open comments back up.
In the meantime, if you really have no way to comment other than anonymously and you'd like to participate in a post thread, simply email me your comment and tell me what thread you'd like your comment to appear in. I'll be happy to post your comment for you.
Your patience during what I hope will be a temporary revision of the comment policy is greatly appreciated!