So who is Mr. Karlson? His name is Henry Karlson. He has a blog at Patheos. I believe he's an Orthodox convert, and that's how I found him.
I only visited his site a couple times, but thought I'd try to see if there was something there. Then he posted on something - immigration IIRC, though I could be wrong. It was a partisan politic post wrapped in religion. Several pointed out the problems with what he wrote, or took other viewpoints. One or two, I'll admit, got mean. I didn't, and most didn't. Then I went away.
Because I have the little 'notify me of updates', I got an update a day or so later. Apparently he declared he would not tolerate hate and racism on his blog, and had deleted and banned multiple comments. OK. Since I didn't say anything hateful and racist, I didn't care.
Well, a week or so ago, a blog post of his came by my desk. It was, again, another Trump/GOP/conservative/Satan vs. progressive politics/liberal narrative/heaven template. So I went to point out that some of that which he posted could be seen as other than the obvious Gospel truth. It might be that he's actually reading things on the Right in the worst way possible, and giving an easy pass to those on the Left.
Well, as soon as I went type, what did I see? Voila!:
What? Banned? I only commented once, and was not a racist or any such thing. I merely disagreed with him. I guess mine was one of the many [disagreeing with Henry] comments he banned.
Not to be thwarted, I saw at the bottom of his post a link to his Facebook page (that's something contributors at Patheos were encouraged to do). So I went and found this post on his FB thread. I posted that he says he's eager for visitors to comment and engage in the discussion. But if he's going to ban every comment that doesn't agree with him, that's not much of a conversation.
Well, guess what. I went back later in the day, and my comment had been deleted on his Facebook page, the one in which he's asking for comments and discussions. So by discussions, apparently the gist is that all who agree with him and his views are welcome. I understand that sometimes you have to ban people. In hindsight, I should have banned more than I did when I was at Patheos. But there's banning abusive language or evil pronouncements, and then there is considering anything that doesn't celebrate and conform to your way of thinking abusive and evil - a staple for the move to ban freedom in our nation today.
That is the problem with blogs and the Internet in general. Sure, Mr. Henry's approach is a bit more extreme than you'll usually see. Most won't just ban anyone for daring to disagree once. They'll usually size you up and, after so many wranglings, then ban you. If Mr. Karlson is an extreme example, he nonetheless reflects where many - not all, but many - social media sites have gone. Basically, surround one's self with same-think, and develop increasingly hostile, contemptuous, and even hateful attitudes toward those outside of that same-think group. With the all important ban button - used nowadays far more frequently than it was two decades ago - it's easy to isolate yourself in a world where the line between you and God becomes ever more blurred. And that is a very dangerous thing indeed.