clip_image001It started heating up in the blog yesterday. Just coincidentally I came across a relevant article by John Blake in CNN’s Belief Blog, Holy Trollers: How to argue about religion online. The image to the right is also from the CNN article.

(CNN) –"Yo mama…"

Whenever I heard those two words while growing up in inner-city Baltimore, I knew something bad was about to happen. Trading insults was a childhood ritual. But everyone understood that one subject was off-limits. You didn’t talk about anybody’s momma unless you were prepared to start swinging.

Now that I’m all grown-up, I’ve discovered a new arena for combat: The reader’s comments section for stories about religion.

Blake goes on to identify and discuss commenter types such as the Street Corner Prophet, the Provoker, the Atheist, the Scholar and the Peacemaker. He wraps up:

When the conversation turns to religion, you may meet your holy troller, and you will have to make a choice.

Do I make the peace, or do I go the war?

What kind of holy troller will you be?

What a stupid moron!