But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment (Mat 12:36).
Obviously, there are some legitimate reasons for bloggers and those on social media to utilize anonymity and pseudonymity, which for brevity’s sake I will not rehearse here. No one seriously disputes their use under every circumstance. So let us get to the heart of the issue, which is the demand of justice.
Justice is not optional under any set of circumstances, though weighing the competing interests at hand may not always be easy, and men of good will may disagree over their solutions. There are legitimate reasons to protect the identities of whistleblowers, who otherwise might suffer from the unjust use of power. On the other hand, every man has a right to his good name and to have his accuser take personal responsibility for his potentially life-harming assertions. Continue reading