“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6
I seldom get combative comments here. That happened last weekend. Someone took umbrage at my article October 2020, Abortion Ritual. It was a report on how the Satanic Temple has come up with an abortion ritual. From the Satanic Temple website:
The Satanic abortion ritual provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth, and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of TST’s Seven Tenets. The ritual is not intended to convince a person to have an abortion. Instead, it sanctifies (?!?) the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.
Yes, more weasel words and wiggle room. I wrote about the basics of the abortion ritual from the Satanic Temple’s own site and how nice sounding words hid what is actually not so nice. At least not for the unborn child.
The “someone” asked what makes me the final arbiter of what others think, called me a hypocrite to the nth degree, and had some tortured logic that we celebrate birthdays instead of conception days, proving that human life begins at birth, not conception. He then elaborated on my conception day, the day my father screwed my mother and how his sperm fertilized her egg.
My logical mind thought of all the ways I could refute his rude comments. I then realized that his attack and name-calling showed him to be someone who cannot be argued with. He might think he’s logical and reasonable, but his tone and comments showed him otherwise.
I was reminded of a saying I read long ago that still serves well. Never argue with an idiot; people won’t be able to tell you apart. That’s not me name-calling so much as trying to point out that some people simply cannot be reasoned with. What would you call them?
I deleted his comment. He can, of course, have his opinions and express them…on his site. Anyone visiting at my site is just that, a visitor. Like a guest in my home, I expect civility from visitors. Civil disagreements are how we sharpen personal understanding. Name calling and crude references do nothing to enlighten.
This discussion will hopefully give other readers who also blog an option on how to deal with trolls who visit…especially Christian bloggers. I have two fellow bloggers – friends, really – who have had problems with trolls, and have discussed how to deal with them.
Jesus’ had the best advice; don’t cast your pearls before swine. Some people just won’t hear you. Furthermore, just like feral swine, they will try to tear you apart and eat you.
Jesus echoed this same principle when sending out His disciples into the surrounding villages:
If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! Matthew 10:13-15
Jesus also practiced what He preached in dealing with the Pharisees. They did not accept Him, and He treated them accordingly. Those Jews who at least tried to understand, like Joseph of Arimathea, were welcomed and taught. In fact, it was that same Joseph who provided the tomb for Jesus in between His crucifixion and resurrection.
Some dissenters can be reasoned with. Some cannot.
If you’re a blogger who attracts trolls from time to time, consider how you’d deal with someone who came into your house and took a dump in your living room. Do you let them stay on or spend your limited time with those whom you can talk civilly?