To our regular commenters: I have a request.
In many of our recent posts — for reasons that aren’t clear to me — no matter what topic is covered by the original posts, the comment threads are showing a disturbing tendency to divert to the topic of race.
I’m not arguing against any particular point of view, nor questioning the right of anyone to hold that point of view.
I’m simply concerned about the fact that posts having nothing to do with race are turned into heated arguments about race.
This is doing damage to our blog.
We have become anathema over the last few months as “enablers of European white supremacy”. Every time you turn a comment thread in to a race argument, it gives fuel to those who want to discount us and marginalize us. It makes it less likely that more mainstream blogs and other sites will link to us. It makes it that much harder to spread the Counterjihad message.
To Dymphna and me, these issues have nothing to do with race. They have to do with culture and ethnicity, in the broadest sense of those terms.
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Even though I disagree with some of you, I’m not denying you the right to posit a genetic component to cultural behaviors. I’m just asking you not to divert comment threads to this topic unless the post is already discussing this topic.
I ask you to indulge me, because what you are doing has a negative impact on the mission of Gates of Vienna, which is to stand against the jihad and roll back the Islamization of the West as effectively as possible.
If you agree with that mission, then I would like you to help us by not diverting the comment threads and thereby negating our purpose.
If you don’t agree with our mission, then this is probably not an appropriate place to be airing your opinions in the first place. There are other sites which specialize in racial topics, places where you would be readily welcomed into the discussion.
Because free speech is important to me, and because I believe that allowing open discussion is essential, I will continue with a policy of not deleting comments that stay within our guidelines (civil, temperate, on-topic, and showing decorum).
However, if commenters continue to divert threads in directions that I consider harmful to our mission, I will close the affected threads to further comments. It’s the only thing I can do, short of shutting down the entire blog.
I’d rather not do that.
Once again, I ask for your cooperation: please stop diverting threads into arguments about race.