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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Fr. Orsi Article on Blogging and Calumny
What is calumny, you ask? Fr. Orsi gives the American Heritage Dictionary definition: "a false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation."
Here is an example of non-calumny: Mr. Monaghan committed an objectively evil act by seeking the termination of a tenured professor on exaggerated and/or false harassment charges.
And here is an example of calumny: Thales is mean and his earlier statement a line above this one about Mr. Monaghan is calumnious.
UPDATE: I thought that I should clarify the point that I am making in the main post.
I wholeheartedly agree with Fr. Orsi that calumnious blogging is damaging and uncharitable. I also want to remind everyone that untruthful accusations that someone is being calumnious, is itself calumny. Restraint is necessary on all sides of blog debates. Speaking for myself, I am confident that I have never engaged in calumny and I stand by every word that I have written on Fumare.
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