Blog browsing and reading is a small portion of my day but one that I really enjoy. My blogroll right now consists of a fair amount of different topics, ranging from politics to technology to Apple to small business to cooking.
Yesterday I came to a crossroad. There is a blog that I read by a Yahoo! employee with topics ranging from MySQL to flying. I thoroughly enjoy his writing and until yesterday I did not mind a few little jabs that he took at organized religion and his politics. However, a link that he posted yesterday to an article about Christians just kind of slapped me in the face.
The article points out a new trend in Christian America with more and more girls choosing abstinence. The writer’s only comment was “hahahahaha”. I stared at that line for a minute, unsure what to think. I read the article again. It was obvious that he was attacking Christians and their beliefs.
While I believe in free speech and freedom of the press, I think there is a fine line between being objective and being flat out disrespectful. I am not asking for political correctness, I am asking for people to think about what they are posting and what objectives they hope to accomplish by posting it. Is it informative? Does the commentary lend itself to being useful or is it just personal dribble leaking into the main content?
This leads me to the next question, at what point do you stop reading a blog because the writer’s bias, apparent disrespect and mockery cloud the main point of the blog? I am tempted to drop this blog for a while and maybe, just maybe pick it up later. It is one thing to question beliefs with intelligent conversation but it is a completely different ballgame when the beliefs are mocked without question.