Something's on my mind right now that began as a debate but ended as something else altogether. As a result, I removed a friend from Facebook who I'd known years ago and knew to be a good guy. I'm sad that I did it, but the damage is done.
Take it from someone who knows: "getting a rise" or "yanking your chains" is a shitty reason to say something. Believe what you say, always! If it pisses someone off, fine — anything worth saying is bound to draw critics. But that should never be the point. If it is, at least don't turn it around on the offended people and trash them for having the nerve to feel insulted.
Leave that attitude on the junior high playground where it belongs.