Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of Atonement, in which we repent for things that we have done wrong in the past year and ask forgiveness of those we have injured or offended.

In that spirit, I would like to offer a sincere apology and a flag of truce to those conservative bloggers whom I have offended over the past year.

I recognize that my viewpoints often fall outside of mainstream political opinion in this state, and that I sometimes use harsh language and expletives to express my views. There are a lot of issues about which I feel passionate, and I post about them passionately.

However, I will make you this pledge.

I will endeavor not to actively insult or demean the views of any blogger, no matter how much I disagree with said blogger's views. I will also personally endeavor not to engage in name calling.

All I ask in return is that you respect my right to express my viewpoints, and that you post your responses to me in an equally respectful manner.

Ultimately, the blogosphere is a better place when it has a diversity of viewpoints, and those viewpoints are respected.

I have also decided to resign as editor of BNN Oklahoma. Since I'll be leaving the state in the next few months anyway, it is no longer in my interest to field all of these complaints from conservative bloggers about how I don't represent this state's views.

1 comment:

  1. Well I'm sorry to hear both bits of news in this post. Mostly I regret your work at BNN, which seems to have been complete apolitical, has been a bad experience for you. It doesn't bode well for the service here going forward.

    I may just drop it and move over to LeftyBlogs. I would like to see the BNN admins make some kind of position statement on the issue, something generic, but that will cover the kind of unpleasantness you had to endure, simply based on your dissenting view, and not on any untoward action.

    Perhaps, down the road, you can write up the whole sordid story, as a cautionary tale for future wannabe do-gooders. If you do, do me a favor, DON'T change the names to protect the guilty.