I have often linked to Hot Air, a conservative web-site. I greatly respect Ed Morrissey who posts there. He is a solid orthodox Catholic who has a good nose for news. It disheartens me therefore to have to point out that whenever a story involving the Catholic Church is featured there, vicious anti-Catholic bigots among the commenters always take the opportunity to lambaste the Church in the vilest terms possible. My friend Sydney Carton has done yeoman work spotlighting this problem at his website Aggressive Conservative. Here is a typical thread at Hot Air where Catholic bashers came out to play.
If a website is to be part of a responsible debate on the issues of the day, the management of the site must take steps to ensure that bigots do not shelter within their comboxes to vent their hatred against other creeds or races. In regard to the Catholic Church the management of Hot Air has failed to take effective steps to ban anti-Catholic haters from among the ranks of the commenters, and to send a clear message that they are not welcome. They can do far better than this.