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santosh maharshi writes: "Richard Dawkins has recently learned that he should thank his readers for not expressing themselves.

He ran a website for people of like mind, but noticed that many of the comments that appeared on it were beside the point, either mere gossip or insult. So he announced that he was going to exercise a little control over what appeared on it — as was his right since it was, after all, his site. Censorship is not failing to publish something, it is forbidding something to be published, which is not at all the same thing, though the difference is sometimes ill-appreciated.

The torrent of vile abuse that he received after his announcement took him aback. Its vehemence was shocking; someone called him ‘a suppurating rat’s rectum.’ He replied to this abuse with admirable restraint:

"Surely there has to be something wrong with people who can resort to such over-the-top language, overreacting so spectacularly to something so trivial".


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  • The source linked was an article mainly about how the internet has progressed hate mail. As for Richard Dawkins, here is a link to an apology he made for this []. The apology states that the forums they had previously will be archived, and that a new forum will be created where new threads will be monitored for being relative to science and reason. New comments will not be monitored prier to posting. Where he says "...many of the comments that appeared on it were beside

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