Accountability for your words
So, as a chemist, if I started ranting on this personal blog about how people who don’t believe in the dogma of ether are idiots, and one of the other chemists (say, Tomchik) were to say, “Hey, PC, what would your PhD committee think to hear you lambasting critics of Ether?”
I could, act like a child and say that Tomchik was threatening me, personally on my own blog, and going after me, and my future family.
I could simply remove posts that bring up complex questions I can’t answer instead of letting them exist and be answered by others.
Or I could man up, and say, “Go on, Tomchik, I believe what I’m saying and I’m willing to defend it to my committee.”
Or, I could cowardly ban him for daring to question my mental prowess. And hide behind the safety that comes from silencing one’s detractors. This tactic has been used by some of the weakest and strongest minds in history. The weak, because they don’t know how to deflect the questions. The strong, because hiding the truth is the only way one can lie out of it.
The ability to speak freely one’s mind was very important to the framers of the constitution. But they never envisioned a free-for-all where everyone could say whatever they wanted without any consequences, but when where people were allowed to exchange ideas. Now this is my personal blog, I will remove swearing (what can I say, I’m pure like that), I will remove personal attacks. But the day I start banning people just because their arguments are more sound than mine, I hope someone would set me straight.
Matt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.