Friends inform me of the existence of what are called "trolls," defined by Wikipedia as: "In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who intentionally posts derogatory or otherwise inflammatory messages about sensitive topics in an established online community such as an online discussion forum to bait users into responding."
I'm sorry I didn't know this before finally responding to the comment to this weblog in my last posting, for the person to whom I responded was in all likelihood a "troll." By responding, I was made party a low and vile attack on both moral principles and a member of the clergy. I am deeply sorry for any part I unwittingly played in that.
The trick nevertheless brought forth points about the debate over abortion and especially partial-birth abortion which I am very happy to have put on the record. The fact that those who support this vile practice indulge in character assassination as a sport speaks volumes about the moral decline they exemplify.