Have you ever used the feature at the top of a blogspot page which moves you somewhat randomly across the blogosphere from blog to blog? It's kind of fun because of the variety of themes encountered.
In my latest cyberjourney, I landed on many sites in foreign languages, one gay soft porn site, several business-related blogs, a few techie blogs, and assorted sci-fi sites. It's fascinating to see what's out there!
Sometimes I'll run across something that really bothers me a lot. Usually a porn-ish site startles me with its pictures, but I'm not really offended. What does bother me is when a blogger asserts that some public person has performed some heinous act which offends so badly and is so unethical that he or she deserves to be excoriated, run out of town, and generally horsewhipped for this act. The descriptors of the act are vivid and dramatic but lack much substance in proof. I tend to marvel at the apparent paranoia which seems to fuel such an outburst.
The victim in such a diatribe is often a public figure who has done something the blogger disagrees with because of his or her religious principles or because of some perceived insult. There is a degree of passion that defies reason and makes me wonder why this person needs to express herself or himself in such a way.
I am all for freedom of expression but when such hate is expressed, I worry for the wellbeing of the hater, more than the hatee. And when the hater is an avowedly religious person, I wonder if she or he has paid much attention to the teachings of the prophet, whatever religion he or she espouses.