Yesterday we banned a commenter (“KJAR”) who had been defending David Coppedge, the creationist computer technician recently let go by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in what they said was a downsizing. KJAR’s comments were to this post: Klinghoffer Unleashed to Defend David Coppedge.
His first comment was:
Not one of you has explained exactly what Coppedge did to deserve to be fired from a federal job in the U.S of A. This is not China. God forbid if he were to mention that he was gay or something. I would think that freedom thinkers such as yourself would believe in freedom of speech. Your mockery adds up to one thing: BIGOTRY!
We immediately knew all we needed to know about KJAR, but as we sometimes do (often to our regret), we let let his comment stand. A few of you responded to him, and that must have encouraged him to post a very long comment about how we “shouldn’t feel threatened by contrary views” and how we ought to react when “scientific data is used to question neo-Darwinism.” At that point we banned him and said:
Okay, that’s enough. Goodbye, KJAR.
As often happens after a ban, he tried to comment again — but it was caught in the spam-filter. We’ve always ignored such post-banning comments in the past, but because it’s the weekend and news is scarce, and because this comment is so typical of its type, we decided to break precedent and post it. It’s a good example of what we don’t allow at this blog, so this will give you a hint of what you’ve been missing because of our benevolent oversight. Here it is, rescued from the spam-filter, KJAR’s final comment (presumably to me) in defense of David Coppedge:
Typical response from someone who’s insecure in his/her viewpoint. I’m not a scientist, but science is fascinating to me. I listen to the debates and all the ego, name-calling, foul language from both sides. There’s no respect!
Are you saying that people in a free society should’t be able to have a civilized discussion that express differing views on any subject (or is it just science)? It’s part of being free thinkers, unlike those under a Hitler-like dictatorship. People have differing views on countless subjects and aren’t afraid to talk about them with friends, co-workers, etc.
So there you are, dear reader. We’re insecure in our viewpoint — typical of those who resort to name calling and foul language. We show no respect. This place is a Hitler-like dictatorship.
And as it was with our banned visitor, so it must have been with David Coppedge. No respect! No freedom! Bigotry! Insecurity! Hitler!
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