Thursday, June 15, 2006

Why Censorship Is So Important

by Michael Gregory Steele and Herman B. Hayes

You may have noticed that we have started moderating all comments on this blog. In the past couple days we have received comments that we didn’t like from people whose views do not mesh with the overall mission of Conservatives for American Values. Those fools have now been silenced.

I don’t think we need to justify this decision to anyone, but I would like to give my readers a taste of the type of comments that have polluted this blog (their names have been changed for their own protection):
firearmz said: You are not Christians, I am a Christian. You will go to hell, I will not go to hell. You are bad, I am good.
This is probably the most absurd thing I have ever read. I’m not a Christian? I am the measure by which all other Christians should be judged. You claim to be a Christian, yet you do not believe fully in the principles of conservatism that Jesus teaches. Me go to hell? Not unless God wants to send me down there to help torture all the liberals that have ended up there.
the inebriated Japanese warrior said: You guys are insane. I am a conservative and you’re making all of us look bad.
Yes, I make all of you look bad but only by comparison. I am an unabashed conservative, untainted by the disease of moderateness. You, on the other hand, are a weak-kneed coward who is afraid to stand up for the true principles of the Republican Party. I do shame you, but only because you’re a pale imitation of a conservative.

Another issue with allowing comments to be posted without our approval is that a comment can remain up for hours without Herman or I having the chance to address it. This gives liberals an opportunity to present subversive or depraved ideas such as the ones presented above before we can rhetorically rip them to shreds. This puts our readers at risk of succumbing to the twisted ideology of liberalism. I cannot let that stand!

You may disagree with our decision, but luckily for those true conservatives who understand the importance of censorship, we won’t have to read your idiotic complaints about it anymore.

57 Comments:

At June 14, 2006 11:38 PM, Blogger Rexx said...

God bless you sir. You love America 5-10 times more than the average person possibly could.

 
At June 15, 2006 12:42 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

I think moderating the comments is a great idea. I know I was feeling almost as uncomfortable having to sift through all the invasive liberal propaganda as I do when I visit my brother's house and his Afro-American neighbor waves at me.

 
At June 15, 2006 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a satiracle site right? nobody could be this stupid.

 
At June 15, 2006 2:24 AM, Blogger The Drunken Samurai said...

Way too funny. "the inebriated Japanese warrior"?

Come on, now. At least give me credit!!! Whatever I posted, you can credit me with. No need for funny pseudonymns.

As much as you guys pissed me off, you found a way to make me laugh. It's not like I'm gonna sue you.

 
At June 15, 2006 9:36 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

rexx: You should check your math as your estimate seems a bit low. Perhaps there's a one you forgot to carry.

kirk: The feeling of discomfort you feel is your soul being irreparable harmed. Moderating comments is my attempt to protect you from that terrible feeling you get when somebody questions your values.

 
At June 15, 2006 9:39 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous: I'm unfamiliar with the word 'satiracle' although it bears a striking resemblance to the word testicle. Needless to say, you are no long welcome here.

the drunken samurai: Your comment has left me baffled. Your idiocy is only matched by your unbelievable vanity. This post has nothing to do with you and I think that's clear to everyone else here.

 
At June 15, 2006 10:22 AM, Blogger FleshPresser said...

Thanks to both of you and your strong moral fiber. What most readers don't understand is that there is no need to "comment." It is enough to simply read and obey.

If more people would stop thinking of clever comments, and stop thinking in general, this world would be a much better place.

I intend to find a place of respect for you on my blogroll, Gentlemen.

 
At June 15, 2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

I must say, I have never, EVER read a conservative blog that makes such good points as to why I should question my liberalism. I wouldn't say that I have been converted, or even swayed to do so, but this is the very first conservative blog I have ever seen in my life which presents thoughtful, intelligent, Patriotic, and well-meaning "conservaspeak". While I shall remain firmly "Liberal", it is great to know there are still some REAL "conservatives" out here in the bloggosphere.

 
At June 15, 2006 12:45 PM, Blogger Papamoka said...

Sometimes the only way to truly get your message out is to silence the opposition...

Love your site!!!

 
At June 15, 2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Time said...

I'd like to see you match "rageagainsttheright", and put together a list of Democratic crimes and fraud.

I am a moderate, the kind you seem to dislike most. On my blog I attack both the left and the right.

Moderating for vulger speech and hate is one thing, cutting off opposing ideas is cowardly.

 
At June 15, 2006 1:01 PM, Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I am just going to keep my mouth shut while you conservatives rule the world..

And remember, Jesus hates loud mouths anyway!

 
At June 15, 2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a place on your site that I may place an order for Kool-Aid?

 
At June 15, 2006 2:32 PM, Blogger ariadne said...

Hilarious site! Sad, though, that I wasn't sure if you were joking or not at first!

 
At June 15, 2006 2:34 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

fleshpresser: On the contrary, there is certainly a need to comment. This can and should be used as a forum to praise both Herman and myself and to affirm your own righteousness (if applicable).

gun-toting liberal: Maybe when you die the mere act of considering becoming a Conservative (see also: a decent human being) will be enough to get you into heaven. This is unlikely though because I'm pretty sure God hates liberals just as much as I do.

 
At June 15, 2006 2:40 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

papamoka: What opposition? I certainly don't see any opposition here :)

time: Whoops, it looks like I spoke to soon. Yours appears to be a voice of opposition.

Look, you can talk about how great freedom of speech is all you want, but the truth is that if we could stop liberals from screaming and crying about everything maybe we could actually get something done in this country.

Without those whiney crybabies we could actually do something about gay marriage and win this war in Iraq too while we're at it.

 
At June 15, 2006 2:44 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

ole blue the heretic: Jesus likes me very much, he's told me himself personally. I think I'll take his word over some idiot named 'ole blue the heretic' any day.

anonymous: Kool-Aid is for children. This is a place for adult dicussion, so take your discussion about Kool-aid to some Disney chatroom.

 
At June 15, 2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A government that is large enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything away, heed this warning

 
At June 15, 2006 4:05 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous: Thanks for your incredibly wise words. I understand the need for you post this anonymously as you probably fear that my readers will bombard you with request to share your many pearls of wisdom with them.

Being intellectually superior certainly is a heavy cross to bear. Trust me, I understand this more than anyone.

 
At June 15, 2006 5:37 PM, Blogger Time said...

Coming from the center, you shouldn't be surprised that I think you are a cry-baby from the right. I enjoy the laughs I get from both sides.

Social issues are not the most pressing issues we have today. So why are the Republicans spending time on them (same sex marriage, flag burning, abortion and the like)?

You might be surprised that I agree with the conservatives on these issues, I just don't believe they are our priorities right now.

 
At June 15, 2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

This site is brilliant. I've only seen one other parody site out there and it wasn't nearly as good...but seriously, very well done.

I'll link you soon.

 
At June 15, 2006 6:12 PM, Anonymous gpmartin said...

Thank God that there are people here that can do my thinking for me. If you could just email me my opinions, maybe in a form that is less than a page I would know what I can think about other ideas. i need to be clear about what I think about Irack, Iran and the World Cup. God bless.

 
At June 15, 2006 7:41 PM, Anonymous Wayne A. Schneider said...

Jesus? Conservative? And pray, tell me, which of the many versions of “The Bible” did you find that in? As I understand it, Jesus preached peace, love, understanding and tolerance. Conservatives such as yourself, Mr. Steele (and your long time male friend Mr. Hayes) feel you can only prosper through war, hate, ignorance and intolerance. I would be very surprised if Jesus supported your views. Either of you. All I can say is, “Good luck in Hell.”

 
At June 15, 2006 8:53 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

You know I'm not the judgmental type, but it sounds like this Wayne guy has some sort of homosexual agenda going on. This makes me very uncomfortable. While I would never question your judgment, just out of curiosity why did you allow his hate filled comment through? Is it so we can recognize the hatred being spewed by the fag community? I don't know about everyone else, but there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not assaulted in some way be these vicious monsters. While they've never spoken directly to me, their looks say it all. I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT!!!

 
At June 15, 2006 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the funniest fake blogs I have ever seen - keep it up.

 
At June 15, 2006 10:20 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

gpmartin: You'd like me to email my opinions straight to you, huh? Should I also read these emails aloud to you so you won't have to further tax yourself by actually reading the words?

I really don't think it's too much to ask that people actively seek the truth from this blog. Unbelievable!

 
At June 15, 2006 10:27 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

wayne a. schneider: So you'd like to know where the mentions of conservatism are in the Bible.

Ok, the first step is to actually read it, then we can move past these elementary questions. After this, assuming you haven't misinterpretted every word (a rather large assumption, I know) it will be clear as day to you.

 
At June 15, 2006 10:38 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

kirk: The obvious gay undertone of Wayne's comment didn't allude me. But that's not why I let his comment through.

Now, as you know we get a lot of idiotic comments to this blog. Some comments like Wayne's though are simply too absurd to keep to myself. I wanted to let this one through so we could all share a good laugh at his expense.

 
At June 15, 2006 10:39 PM, Blogger Papamoka said...

I trust that you have heard of ying and yang and I am not talking about what you think I'm talking about you perverted miscreaton.

The theory is you have to show light to see the dark and I would like to ying and yang link your site on mine to show everyone how the darker side of America lives.

As a gentleman I would appreciate the same consideration of linkage you pig headed Neo CON scumbag. Did I say that out loud? Must be the voices again. Got to go take my liberal mental health meds.

 
At June 16, 2006 1:30 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Bravo for your decision to enact censorship! It shows how you conservatives are afraid of anyone who disagrees with you!

 
At June 16, 2006 1:51 AM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

"Maybe when you die the mere act of considering becoming a Conservative (see also: a decent human being) will be enough to get you into heaven.

Sorry man... I've thought about it and thought about it, but was stopped today at the realization that I was correct: Jesus WAS a Liberal. His Father was a Conservative, but after realizing the errors of His ways, sent his one and only Liberal Son down to the Earth to help stomp out Conservatism. Read the Bible - it's there - you cannot miss it if you tried.

God said "Women shall not wear hats in church" and told us to murder helpless animals to atone for our sins. Then His Son Jesus arrived on Earth to tell us to pay our taxes and leave the hookers alone - even told one to stop being a hooker and that was the end of that conversation.

Sounds like my own dad and I, frankly. Except, unlike God, my Earthly father hasn't yet acknowledged that I am the one who is correct and it is HE who is mistaken about his politics. Perhaps, since we are ALL made in God's image, my own dad will have the same Revelation our Heavenly Father had, and will encourage me to tour the world to speak on his own behalf and to "cool things down a bit" for him.

 
At June 16, 2006 9:44 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

robert sette: Truth be told, you liberals have nothing to contribute to this conversation or to this country. You may have a right to say what you want but I also have a right to ignore all of it.

If you have a problem with it, go cry to the ACLU.

 
At June 16, 2006 9:53 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

gun toting-liberal: I've heard this one before. "Jesus was a progressive, he taught love and peace, hugged trees, etc."

I certainly can't deny that I do prefer God the Father's "leave no heathen un-smitten" style to the more subdued style of Jesus. But as you know, the older you grow the more like your father you become. I'm pretty certain by now Jesus is ready to level some cities and smite some unbelievers, just like his dear old dad.

 
At June 16, 2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. What's a "miscreaton"?

 
At June 16, 2006 10:52 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

How come my comment never made it here? Please don't tell me you guys are for real...

 
At June 18, 2006 5:41 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous: Perhaps you should ask one of your parents to read these comments to you and they can help you sound out the difficult words.

This suggestion assumes that you're 8 years old or younger. If you're actually older than this, then you should be able to simply consult a dictionary yourself!

jurrassicpork: Yes it seems that one of your comments was censored. If only I had written a post giving you warning that I might do something like this.

 
At June 22, 2006 4:37 PM, Blogger Vemrion said...

Oh dear God, PLEASE let this be a parody blog.

For awhile I thought this might be the real thing, but Mr. Steele's self-righteousness and blind hatred of liberals is not quite the same as a real conservative's. It's "tweaked" just a little bit. It's either a brilliantly subtle satire or the most god-awful tripe I've ever read. Either way, I support your right to spew brilliance/insanity since the very ambiguity of this site is an argument for why we shouldn't go around censoring things willy-nilly.

 
At June 28, 2006 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why Censorship Is So Important"

because the scenery only changes with the lead dog. Those of you who would blindly support anyone who proudly employs censorship of opposing views are beholden to the viewpoint of the site moderator and as such, relenquish any sense of objectivity. You might as well stick cotton in your ears, cover your eyes and repeatedly chant La La La La until you pass out.

 
At July 02, 2006 12:25 PM, Anonymous 14 year old kid said...

Wow. All this talk about Jesus and God, when America isn't even a Christain country. Before you say "YES IT IS!", look at the Treaty of Tripoli. (Keep in mind I'm 14 years old and I didn't study politics in great detail.)

 
At July 02, 2006 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a site making fun of conservatives right. I mean "infecting with liberalism" I consider myself old school conservative and you make it sound like conservatives are uneducated and weak minded. which may actually be the case of the current Grant style repubs. but no one else

 
At July 02, 2006 12:53 PM, Blogger Marjorie Hill-Devine said...

Censorship is a very important issue - and how democracies deal with it defines their idea of freedom. I am against censorship, yes, I hate to say it, even Nazis, Fascists, KKK members and so forth have a right to put forth their ideas, however repugnant.

 
At July 02, 2006 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason this country will inevitably fall, as all great Empires have, is its continued idiocy of its citizens. This blog is evidence of that. Oh,
IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE!
CEO's and Politicians look like pop-up targets...down range!

 
At July 02, 2006 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Censorship is so important, because you guys THINK you're better than the rest of mankind.

Remember, and must I phrase it again for you to REMEMBER this time...

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL!

PERIOD. No matter what you do, or who you are, EVERYONE sins. Nobody is better than anyone else, but why do I seem to see that certain people put others down because their opionions are different?

WHO CARES!!!

 
At July 02, 2006 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see that this message won't reach the blog as well...

bECAUSE I'M ALWAYS CENSORED OUT BY IDIOTS THAT LIKE TO ARGUE!

 
At July 02, 2006 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS... FOR THINKING THAT YOU'RE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE!

GO STICK YOU CENSOR in your bungholio!

it's not like my 3 year old is going to get on the computer and go to this site!!!

 
At July 02, 2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Herman B. Hayes said...

anonymous with TOO MANY CAPITAL LETTERS: Your inability to properly use capitalization mean that I am under no obligation to listen to a thing you have to say. Use a real name, and the shift button, and I might pay attention for long enough to tell you that you are wrong.

Marjorie Hill-Devine: I almost censored this comment, because while the KKK might have the right to free speach, I am not sure that you do.

14 year old 50 year old: God sends kids packing off to Hell, too. Don't think your teddy bears and toys can help you.

 
At July 03, 2006 8:29 PM, Anonymous 14 year old kid said...

Herman B. Hayes, I'm rather sure I didn't mention anything about God sending me to Hell. I know that he would do it. But, that's not what I was talking about. I just mentioned on how everyone was talking about religon, but America isn't a Christain country. And for he record, I don't hide behind my teddy bear and my "toys" when I get in trouble. (I face them and take the punishment.) I don't even have toys anymore. I'm sorry, I should've let it go, but it annoyed me and I felt that I had to reply. (It looks like you think I'm older, but I'm really 14. The reason I'm on sites like these, is to get different oppinions than the ones I always hear around me.)

 
At July 03, 2006 10:04 PM, Blogger Herman B. Hayes said...

14 year old kid: Here is an opinion for you...you stand a good chance of going to Hell. Join us, child, join us...only we can save your soul. Join us...join us.

 
At July 04, 2006 1:45 PM, Anonymous The Patriot said...

Censorship in America? Where are you from? You can not be American. When you say Censorship for American Values, you slap America's Founders, you step on the men and women that have died for the freedom you wish to abolish. You have confused the word America with the word Christianity. Which in America we are a Nation of many Religions. If you wish to live in a place that will cherish your censorship, You should go there, but please do not try to destroy my Country, my Freedom, and my Pursuit of Happiness. I think you should read the Declaration of Independence, it is a good read, in fact everyone should read it. Have a great Independence Day!

 
At March 25, 2007 3:26 PM, Anonymous lone writer said...

why
are
you
for
censorship
you
crazy
person
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At March 25, 2007 3:27 PM, Anonymous lone writer said...

why
are
you
for
censorship
you
crazy
person
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At May 14, 2007 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

guys this is rediclous. posting about something like this is one thing but going back in and making useless comments about the "idiots" who post here, dissagreeing with you? waste of your time.
better spent doing something with your wife/girlfriend/kids or reasrech.

here's a hint, ingore us morons. because we keep on coming back if you don't

 
At October 04, 2007 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

poop poop poop censorship is for pussies

 
At December 05, 2008 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this has just given me the greatest idea for my persuasive essay! Thanks, but um a little too extreme i would say its people's opinions. First Amendment. I do agree there are limitations but for crying out loud its a blog. Oh and you never exactly answered the question posted. So you run you're little tyranny of a blog and um ill take your ideas and go run with them. :]Maybe one day someones opinion will make you realize you're living in reality and not your stupid little utopia.

 
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you conservatives are fuking idiots censorship is not important end of story. why do you conservatives think your the moral champions of the world.

 
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