Regular readers of my blog have almost certainly come across some flavor of “bobbo”. He has changed his moniker somewhat over the years, most recently to “bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist”.
bobbo in all of his many moniker variations has been one of my most long term readers and, quite likely, my single most prolific commenter not including myself. He and I have had a number of very heated and sometimes infuriating (to both of us) discussions.
Well, it seems the last was too much.
I have always respected bobbo, even when I have not respected all of his opinions.
I will miss his presence on my blog and would welcome him back at any time should he decide to return. I am creating this open letter to him mostly in recognition of and thanks for his contributions here and the occasional thought provoking discussions. Most of us rarely change our strongest opinions. I am no different. bobbo has on a number occasions genuinely caused me to rethink my position, even though many of those times the deeper reflection resulted in a confirmation of the same opinion. Though, sometimes not.
That said, I will never apologize for expressing my own opinions on my own blog.
That is, after all, why I created an anonymous blog. I created it precisely to enable myself to have heated discussions and to express even my most radical viewpoints freely. Even my etiquette page describes the heated debates I have hoped for and the thick skin necessary to have them. Were bobbo to create his own blog, I would hope to be welcome there and would certainly follow his rules rather than my own. Thus far, however, our conversations have been mostly on either this blog or on the cagematch forum. The conversations that take place here take place according the the rules I have created.
I hope my rules are sufficiently lax to allow for free expression to anyone who wishes to comment. I have never ever censored a single post that was not obvious spam. I have once deleted a thread of conversation between two others by request of one of the parties.
bobbo, should you decide to come back, you are, as always free to express yourself. But, I must be free to respond as I see fit.
If anyone has a message they would like relayed to bobbo, please feel free to post it here. At some point, I will email bobbo a link to this post so that he will (hopefully) read this and anything anyone else chooses to add, whether or not he replies.
Fare well bobbo. We had a good run. I wish you well in all of your endeavors. You are welcome back at any time.