If you want to see
vitriol insults to a visitor, by "locals" who are utterly and invincibly certain about their religious beliefs, take a look at some of the comments in the thread at Pontifications about my John Updike posting. Pontificator's host, former Episcopal priest and recent Roman Catholic convert Al Kimel, posed some questions to me, on his blog, about my posting. Having had cordial relations with Al for awhile, I responded. Then the fun began. Start, say, at comment #50 and continue on down. [UPDATE: In response to a complaint by Al Kimel, I reproduced a few examples in the comments below.]
I have a new appreciation for the general air of civility at places like TitusOneNine, and for the moderator and elves there who work to keep it that way.