Head’s up: this blog has moved!

Hello friends,

I have decided to update my web address to reflect my post-marriage name.  From now on, all future posts of mine may be found here:


I apologize in advance for messing up your links, subscriptions, Google Reader feeds, etc.  Please adjust them accordingly.

I have exported all of the content from here to there, but will leave this site up anyway.  I will still respond to comment threads here that began over here, but most of the comments have been imported to the new site, so future discussion on old threads can be done there as well.

Many thanks,

Tom Ryberg (formerly known as Tom Hoberg!)

The offense inherent in staking a claim

If you like this sort of thing, I’m engaged in an interesting dialogue on this thread with donniedarko, an orthodox Roman Catholic.  One of the questions it is raising for me is, to what extent do I bear the responsibility for my words which offend others?

On the one hand, on this post the other day, I initially referred to Glenn Beck as a “misty-eyed, Mormon moron.”  I subsequently removed the word “Mormon” because upon rereading it, I thought it could read as an attack on the Church of Latter Day Saints, and I don’t want to do that.  The potential for causing accidental offense seemed like a valid enough reason to change my initial rant post.

On the other hand, one of the things that donniedarko is upset about is that I am invoking the name of Jesus to defend gay people.  donniedarko also takes grave exception to my use of the word “McEucharist” (in a not-specifically Catholic context, but the offense is felt no matter what, simply because of the sacredness of the Eucharist).  Now, I don’t want to needlessly cause donniedarko offense, but at the same time, I am not about to censor my blog according to the sensibilities of Roman Catholicism.

In the meantime, what’s a peacemaker like me to do?

Testing, testing…

…is this thing on? Not for a while, it hasn’t been. To my four readers: sorry about that. I’ll get back on it this week.