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Pinstripe Press Blog: Author and Historian Michael Aubrecht
October 17, 2007
Not a good example on my part

UPDATE: Today I hastily posted an entry directed at a fellow blogger (Kevin Levin) out of frustration and in defense of a very good friend whom I believe has been unjustly criticized time-and-time again on Mr. Levin’s blog. I myself have come under scrutiny there a few times. When I typed it, I was careful not to be too mean-spirited and I thought that I simply brought to light what I considered to be cheap shots that ultimately harm the reputations of those targeted by it.

What I did not realize is the firestorm of feedback that I would receive in response to my post. I received 31 Comments in less than 8 hours ranging from kind validations and support - to out right profanity. Several were in favor of Kevin. It appears that there are many others in the blogosphere who share my feelings and others who do not. I now know at least 22 people who absolutely hate this guy. But...

While reading the latest Comments tonight in preparation for moderating them, I realized that I too was setting a poor example and behaving in the same manner that I chastised others for. As a Christian I am supposed to rise above this kind of behavior and I apologize to all parties for being a hypocrite. I will always defend my friends and their material, but I removed the original post mostly to delete the comments section, which was getting out of hand. It was not a good example on my part.

Please don't misunderstand my change of heart. I still don’t agree with Mr. Levin’s views, but I have no right to provide a forum here for publicly attacking him. (Frankly, I feel a little bad for the guy.) Thank you for your comments one and all.

PS. This morning I was told that I am banned from ever commenting on Kevin’s blog. His supporters will probably continue to post on this incident for a few days to come. I did send a message to Kevin, but it has not been posted as of today. I'm moving on. I will say in closing that it is ‘Stonewall’ Jackson who was a much better Christian than any of us and we should all look to his example.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Posted by ny5/pinstripepress at 9:35 AM EDT
Updated: October 18, 2007 9:05 AM EDT
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October 18, 2007 - 10:47 AM EDT

Name: "DJ"

Glad to see that you came around Michael. You're better than that and props for removing the haters comments. They were harsh and we know your intentions here aren't to publicly bash anyone. Mr. Levin could use this episode as a learning lesson too.

October 19, 2007 - 11:39 AM EDT

Name: "Tom"

"PS. This morning I was told that I am banned from ever commenting on Kevin’s blog."

Welcome to the club.

No great loss. ;-)

November 14, 2007 - 2:05 PM EST

Name: "Jim"

I too am adamantly opposed to Kevin Levin's content and style.  I hope that you offer an environment for appropriate constructive criticism of those that have an anti-southern bias.



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