Everyone is welcome. Well, just about. If you’re selling cures for That Guy Problem That Dick Butkus Gets Paid To Talk About, take it somewhere else. But honestly, I don’t mind a healthy debate, even a healthy swordfight, as long as it doesn’t get personally abusive. I’ve only banned one commenter on those grounds, and I felt so bad about it I unbanned her a few hours later.
I’ve been a columnist, and at least one of the conservatives who comments here was a loyal reader back in the day, so he’s welcome here. Most of the rest of you found your way here via a different path, and you’re all welcome, too. One of the things that most amuses me about this site is its multi-leveled anarchy. It’s all id. Sometimes it’s worth your time, sometimes it isn’t, sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t, and so on. I guess, if I made it About Something and beat the same drum every day I could get more traffic, but then it would bore me. I prefer to have NN.C stick close to its original idea: Let’s you and me have a cup of coffee. Here’s what happened here today. Here’s something interesting I read. How about you?
That said, here’s something I tried to post in the comments of the thread below, about federally funded abstinence programs. I got banned, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. Huh. Anyway, y’all can take it away:
As the religious right settles in for its long reign of terror (yes, I’m being snarky), I’m really worried that we’re going to go backwards in some alarming ways.
It wouldn’t bother me a bit if more teenagers — if all teenagers — choose to abstain from sex, but I want them to do so for the right reasons, not because they’re convinced they can get HIV from kissing or pregnant from touching the opposite sex’s naughty bits. As the Faber College founder said, “Knowledge is good.” Ignorance is bad.
I read the other day that a majority of Americans now doesn’t believe in evolution. (“It’s just a theory!”) What does it mean when they get their mitts on school boards all over the country? What happens when an evangelical Christian world view starts to inform social studies on a national scale? We’re getting a taste with this stuff.