Now we know what OCANotnews had in reserve against +Jonah: the identities of the men who run OCATruth. Wow! I’m shaken to the core! I thought maybe they had something explosive, like HB serving Communion at St Nicholas or tonsuring an altar boy.
There is little substance in Stokoe’s report (more on this in the next few days). For right now I’ll address the issue that has him and his alcolytes so exercized — anonymity.
Let’s see, if memory serves, the governing document of these United States is something called The United States Constitution. It contains codiciles called Amendments. One of these is called The First Amendment. In it, we find these important words:
“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech…”
So, what does this mean? For one thing it means that the Scribe of OCANotnews can write whatever he wants so long as it’s not libellous. On the other hand, traditionalist Orthodox Christians such as myself, Muzhik, Parishioner, and others can also write whatever they want on our blogs. You know, “sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander” — it’s not rocket science.
Don’t like Monomakhos or OCATruth? Go start your own blog. Call out on any inaccuracies, perceived or real. Heck, start one that says your humble servant is the greatest thing since the creation of the earth (that would really make my day!), but don’t act high and mighty because some bloggers prefer to remain anonymous. It’s the substance that counts. That’s why I don’t really care that some commentators here use a pseudonym.
Now, if you want to sell me a car, you have to use your real name. If you want to make a point, you don’t have to sign your name because I can tell if your point is thoughtful or nonsense just by reading it. I don’t know most of the commentators here but I can tell by what they write whether they are good thinkers and sometimes even good people. But if you don’t use your name and your points are good, it does not bother me at all.
By the way, three of our Founding Fathers published under the pseudonym of “Publius.” You might be familiar with their work, it’s called The Federalist Papers. Anonymity is not a credibility buster. Ask Hamilton, Madison, and Jay.
One more thing. No one who supports +Jonah has ever hacked into another person’s email account. Stokoe and his supporters can’t say the same thing. We’ll have more on this once the forensics are done.