Jhana4 & others,
I think that Jhana4's posting and purposes were very useful. Whether or not others agree, disagree (or more realistically agree on certain points more than others) is beside the point. It's food for thought and it causes people to examine what they understand, fish through their knowledge of the suttas, and examine how they interpret them. Even in the worst case scenario, it's a useful exercise. If we don't ask questions like this then we risk getting into groupthink, intolerance, and narrowly homeogeneous thinking. This is contrary to what the Buddha taught, as I understand it, and many of us have seen on previous Buddhist web forums what happens when this mentality takes over.
No matter how outlandish any statement or question posed by anyone may seem, there are more and less skillful ways to respond to it. As Jhana4 pointed out, a discussion like this can turn into an opportunity for exchange and learning, or an aversion-fest. The Buddha pointed out in the simile of the saw that even if bandits were to hack out limbs off, to harbor anger toward them would not be consistent with his teachings. In light of that, I have trouble believing that he would justify hostility on a web forum. If someone seems sorely mistaken, at the very least, compassion seems to be the appropriate response to misunderstanding (i.e. avijja) and suffering. Otherwise, what the hell (realm) are we doing here, other than exercising our fingers on a keyboard? Communicating on this forum is itself a form of Dhamma practice. We seem to have done a pretty good job of this at Dhamma Wheel, so I want to emphasize this and encourage it.
With regards to giving offense, fittingly, all one has is one's kamma. "It is impossible to control whether or not one give's offense" (Cheri Huber). Whether people respond to your post with offense, curiosity, anger, kindness, etc. reflects their is their choices, conditioning, etc. The fruits of your kamma are yours, and that of their kamma are theirs.