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Internet secrecy: a license for depravity.

By Scott Tibbs, October 1, 2009

I am convinced convinced that the anonymity offered by the Internet is the single worst thing to happen to political discourse in the last 100 years. I've seen too many spineless cowards hide behind fake names to spread libelous fabrications and shameless lies, and repeat those shameless lies over and over no matter how many times those shameless lies have been refuted. A 90 pound weakling becomes ten feet all and bulletproof when he puts on a mask and hides his identity. A spineless coward becomes as bold as a lion. It makes me want to vomit.

This is why I require anyone who comments on this blog to do so under his/her real first and last name. No pseudonyms are permitted. I am more convinced than ever that only allowing comments from people who use their real names is the right thing to do. This blog is one of the few places on the internet where you have to take off the mask and post using your real name.

One of my most hate-filled Leftist critics has taken to stalking my Facebook profile and personally attacking me. Of course, he/she/it is too much of a sniveling, spineless, pathetic coward to comment where his/her/its real name would be visible. Another anonymous coward joined in to mock and personally attack me, showing his/her/its lack of integrity.

My friends and family know the price I have paid and the retaliation I have endured because I use my real name online rather than hiding behind a fake name, but I have nothing to hide. The Leftists who are stalking me obviously do have something to hide. They are ashamed of their behavior, which is why they hide like cowards. It is pathetic, dishonorable and despicable.

I have absolutely no respect for anyone who attacks a real person while hiding in the shadows like a coward. There was a time when I defended anonymity. I was wrong. While there are legitimate reasons to be hide one's real name, anonymity is almost always a license for depravity. With very few exceptions, almost everyone who comments anonymously on the internet does so for immoral and sinful reasons. Shame loves the shadows. Those who engage in sinful depravity hate the light. (John 3:19-21)