UPDATE Thursday, December 03, 2009: I had told Google Blog Search that if they stopped censoring me, I'd say so on this Blog. As of this "UPDATE," Google Blog Search is now showing 1,967 posts as indexed and linked. () That's up again from only 4 at one point. Therefore, I'm adding this update.

1,967 is not all of the posts, but it seems that perhaps they are slowly re-indexing the site. I give them the benefit of the doubt. I haven't looked to see if they are avoiding "controversial" posts.

Derek Webb

Mike Morrell, along with his partner, runs It's a huge list of links to sites with various ideas about Christianity. Way back when, I submitted this site and after a long while, Mike agreed to list it. He's been swamped though and is working on a site revamp. He sent me an email apologizing, which was good of him. Here's my reply:

Mike, I watch your Facebook and FriendFeed and see that you are working hard to network with many, many people. You are busy. I completely understand.

I've gotten a laugh out of your comments about having thousands of emails to go through. My To-Do List is seemingly endless. I smile about it and keep pecking away while adding things and handling many things right when they pop up rather than writing them down.

Mike, I've been blacklisted by Google Blog Search. (Censor this too, Google Blog Search.) My traffic is way down, and commentary has fallen like a rock. Getting a link back from your site will help compensate for the censorship.

I don't want to take up too much of your time, but let me say that the new/old anti-hate speech movement is designed to get us all not to talk about sin while looking the other way when our country uses Hellfire Missiles from predator drones against mere babies and pregnant women and the old and infirmed (collateral damage my ...).

You and I don't see eye to eye on unrepentant homosexuals in the congregation, but no Christian should use violence, or any coercion really, to silence others. No Christian should be expected to be heard if unwilling to engage others in real searching for the ultimate truth.

Censoring xxx porn is fine with me, for instance. I will though debate with Larry Flynt whether or not that's right while not allowing his images on my site. I trust you understand where I'm drawing the lines that Google is disallowing in their Blog Search.

The first time I noticed Google starting to clamp down was when I rejected Soulforce. I had thousands of posts being returned by Google Blog Search, but that one just wouldn't show up. I asked them about the censorship. They refused to reply, and over a period of several weeks, all but 3 of my posts disappeared.

In fact, I got into "trouble" with a bunch of Derek Webb lovers after viewing and posting about a video of his I saw on account of your post on it. The comments I received would have been staggering to the mind had I not already been exposed to so many people who just refuse to or can't read. So many came to tell me the obvious while completely missing my points. Oh well.

I don't want to leave you with a bad feeling. I'm glad I saw your questioning post about Derek Webb's video and that I posted on the subject too. I've also watched some N. T. Wright videos on account of you. I'd read some of this stuff. He's not as spiritual as I am, but it's worth knowing more about what a large group of people are being told and apparently following in large measure.

Anyway, even though as I say we don't see 100% eye to eye on everything, I do know that you want to do no harm. The question is what is and isn't harmful in the end.

Peace to your family, house, and to you, Mike.


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