Tuesday Feb 13th
I've been wondering what to do about comments to this Blog. From the moral point of view, one should simply delete anonymous messages . (I don't mean people who do not wish to have their names or addresses published - that's fair enough - I mean ones that are anonymous when they write in, ie too cowardly to put their names to the letters they send me roundly insulting me, my motives, my moral worth, etc etc. What are more colloquially called poison-pen writers).
My first instinct is to publish anything and everything that is rude about me, partly because the insults are often funny, and partly because I often actually agree with them. A pompous anonymous preacher writes in today accusing me of "a complete lack of self-knowledge and a vain desire for publicity". Jolly good. I'm sure he feels a lot better about himself now. I'm publishing his message but only because I have done so before, and the new policy only starts today, so I want to be fair to him. (Also, he's made a mistake and I want to correct it: the quote about honey and vinegar - a very good one - is from St Bernard and not St Francis de Sales).
I've also had a couple of anonymous comments referring to Jewish teachings in rather horrid terms.
Policy: in future, when you write in to say how wrong/nasty/vain/etc I am, please put your name to the letter or it won't get published. (I won't publish your name - I just want you to be brave enough to write it. Send it separately if need be, as for technical reasons this makes it easier to publish your comment without it).
Also, a note to those who, anonymous or not, are being gratuitously nasty about Jewish things: I will retain current policy, namely that I won't publish these at all.