Tuesday, 24 July 2012 - 6:24pm

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Published by Matthew Davidson on Tue, 24/07/2012 - 6:24pm

I seem to be making some more progress in adumbrating (word of the day) the contours of acceptable discourse in the Coffs Coast Advocate's reader comments.

In response to a story about LifeHouse Church successfully running some charity event for the needy, I made some comment along the lines of:

This achievement is all the more impressive when one considers the sheer logistics involved in ensuring none of the needy recipients are homosexual.

Get it? 'Cos the LifeHouse congregation are homophobes! Laugh? I nearly did.

The odd thing was that this comment was published, but a day or two later had disappeared. So we must conclude that this was a line ball, sent to the video referee for adjudication. Or if you prefer, the bowler cried "Howzatt!" and for a moment rejoiced in triumph, but though the bails had flown the umpire sternly shook his head, from underneath a pile of hats. There, I've exhausted my stock of sporting analogies.

I feel we are closer, but not yet close enough to understanding what the Advocate does and does not consider offensive, so my vigorous probing continues...