Like most Gather members ~ especially those who write about political and/or religious issues ~ I've received my fair share of nasty personal attacks. Some comments have been so beyond the pale that other Gather members have taken it upon themselves to report them. My policy has always been to leave the comments up to show the rest of Gather just what kind of jackholes we are dealing with here, unless the comment contains profanity and is on an article that is not properly flagged to accommodate profanity.
However, as I had to do last night, I will delete hateful homophobic remarks that are directed at the entire LGBT community. In the last couple of years there has been an epidemic of suicides among LGBT teens and young adults because of verbal and physical bullying. If a victim of bullying comes across my articles they will not be subjected to remarks intended to make them feel guilty and ashamed about who they are and how they were born or remarks that ignorantly blame all of the world's problems on homosexuality.