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June 03, 2007

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I didn't know Steve or his writing very well, so I won't claim that I'm certain that the following suggestion would be a fitting tribute to him, but it certainly SEEMS like it would:

The next time some wingnut decides to lecture ANYONE on the left about anything even remotely related to civility, the comments on that RacistSlurReport post should be thrown right in their faces. It's got the whole package: racism, eliminationism, clash-of-civilizations bullshit.

I don't see what's bad about what I said. I didn't like what I knew of the man, so I refuse to be hypocritical. However, I certainly didn't want him to die, especially the way he did.

Additionally, I did not read his blog enough to know whether he believed in God, hence the adverb 'hopefully'--as in, regardless of our Earthly disagreements, I hope that Steve is in Heaven.

I don't think what I said was that difficult to understand.

Nothing like a death to bring out the class in other people.

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I didn't like what I knew of the man, so I refuse to be hypocritical.

Fine. I didn't call it ugly. It's just unnecessary to preface the "sorry he suffered" with "he sucked."

It's just unnecessary to preface the "sorry he suffered" with "he sucked."

Which is something that liberal blogs never did on the death of Jerry Falwell.

Which is something that liberal blogs never did on the death of Jerry Falwell.

Jerry Falwell wasn't a blogger with whom people had conversations and debates. When you interact with a person, even in an adversarial way, for a long time, usually - you know, for humans - there is more respect generated.

I didn't say that he "sucked." Not liking what I knew of him is different that saying that he was a horrible person. As a matter of fact, the phrase "what I knew of him" implicitly acknowledges that I didn't know everything about him.

Additional in my lack of knowledge of the man that was Mr. Gilliard, was that I didn't know whether he believed in Christianity or not. Hence my *hope* that he did and is with God right now.

I'd have a much harder time having that hope for someone whom I believed to have "sucked"--say a terrorist or some other demonstrably evil person, which Steve was not.

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