Lest I be guilty of the same behavior that I found so off-putting, I will not mention the name of the site, but I thought it was despicable, and nearly everyone posting there could have taught a master course in intolerance. The handful that did try to introduce a voice of reason were unilaterally shunned and ridiculed, attacked by human piranhas who clearly enjoyed being hateful to bloggers they didn't even know. In fact, this was their express purpose...a sort of blood sport...and they made no bones about it, demanding that anyone offering positive remarks leave the board. (I can only assume they didn't want their desperate attempts to boost their own egos at the expense of others shot down.)
I have a longstanding friendship with one of the bloggers who was systematically slandered there, and I sincerely hope she never runs across the website in question. It would break her heart to read the negative characterizations of her faith and her family, slurs that have absolutely no basis in reality. Not even Stephanie Nielson, a burn victim who is courageously fighting her way back to health, escaped notice. In fact, she was smeared more viciously than most. To my mind, that goes beyond comprehension.
Hence, the title of my Alphabe-Thursday post today: Live and Let Live. Why? Because while not one of us is perfect, every one of us deserves respect. The relative anonymity of blogging and commenting makes flaming (and defaming) all too easy, but we don't need to give in to it. Wherever we disagree, let us do so with civility and kindness, and may we never presume to know the "truth" about anyone when we really don't know them at all.