c99 shines brightly!
From the second, more recent essay comes the first paragraph:
I am prepared for outrage promulgated by this essay. Let it come--but do so in a rational fashion, which may be considered rationally.
I recount now pleasurably on the fact that the responses to my essay were all appropriate without a single ad hominem comment. How many other web sites can make that claim? The title of the Islam essay was a question, indicative of the lack of factual knowledge on my part.
I wish to thank my (our) educators, particularly Big Al and Pluto's Republic for providing source information and well-considered opinion to the discussion.
In a recent thread, someone remarked that the best writers and intellects fled GOS because of well, you already know. Many of the refugees, myself included, landed here and continue to contribute to our intelligence, humor, and tolerance.
It should be evident to all here that we, as a community, owe a debt of gratitude to JtC and Joe Shickspak
There are many more contributors of value here whom I did not mention. My reference to the two educators refers to my Islam essay.