Likewise, I don't have to like your responses. Especially those which confuse my views with those made by commenters. I am free to address the parts of the comments with which I agree or take issue. That also falls under the heading of "discussion". Not enjoying a personal attack doesn't necessarily make me someone who doesn't like controversy. It makes me a human being.
See...there are commenters and there are friends. I know the difference and there are plenty of other bloggers/commenters/friends out there who know the difference, too. I'm aware that by requiring people to "own" their comments (by not allowing anonymous remarks) I'm likely to lose a good portion of the more emotionally stable folks out there who just stopped by for a look this weekend. I do regret that. Those who persist in pretending that such a move makes me intolerant of a spirited discussion don't make such a presumption true. There is a vast difference between an anonymous comment that expresses an opposing view (Such as comments from those who still like Tom Cruise) and the equivalent of a verbal drive-by shooting.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.