Recently, an erudite correspondent (Mr Francis Frost) and I have engaged in an earnest debate on Georgia and Russia. I have tried to scrupulously not take sides on this issue but have merely pointed out that it is far more complicated than this particular correspondent lets on. Indeed, I have respected his editorial position and let his comments dealing with this issue stand.
Unfortunately, he overstepped the bounds of propriety and I warned him of the consequences should he persist in doing so. I regret to mention his name as this personalizes the issue, but he left me no choice.
Therefore, let us proceed.
In making his case, he earlier mentioned a close, personal friend of mine who is not germane in any way to the issue at hand. Indeed, this friend has not influenced my own views on Russia, Georgia, or anywhere else for that matter. (Indeed, this friend and I never talk politics, which is one reason I treasure his friendship.) I warned Mr Frost not to mention him again or any other of my friends for that matter as Monomakhos is concerned with the broader issues concerning our society, essentially politics, culture, and religion. It is not a website devoted to my own personal agendas. If it were, it would not have the impact that it does. And, lest anyone think I’m an apologist for the OCA over and above any other jurisdiction — well, I’d say that that person hasn’t been reading Monomakhos very carefully lately.
I gave him fair warning. Unfortunately, he decided to ignore it and posted two responses this morning, the first of which he continued along his anti-Russian diatribe. Worse, he continued to mention my friend and his family in Russia. As such, I removed these comments and placed them under moderation (I have let his others dealing with Georgia stand). Because of the most recent infraction however, this particular correspondent will join the ranks of ASIATR who — like himself — continued along the path of personal diatribe and/or vendetta.
Again, let me reiterate: I welcome any and all arguments about this issue both pro and con; I will not welcome personal comments directed against my family or friends, or comments on local issues that are not germane to broader issues which afflict our Church and society.
Mr Frost will be welcomed back into the good graces of Monomakhos should he prove himself able to adhere to the parameters of this blog.