A few people, timid by disposition or simply risk averse, may be quick to chide me with the adage, "While in mixed company, one should never mention politics or religion", but those people can avert their eyes.
This evening, I commented on a distant Facebook friend's status update regarding the Australian Senate's shameful dismissal of proposed legislation to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. In fact, I was agreeing with a sympathetic comment posted by a friend of this friend, but he chose to condescend and humiiate me publicly.
I did not and will not back down. Online debate, whether shielded by the teflon of cyberspace or not, should never be mean-spirited. Period.