Skip to comments.Greetings from your Religion Moderator
Posted on 04/23/2006 8:01:06 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
Hello everyone. Pleased to meet you. I am your Religion Moderator.
I have been asked by several posters to let you know any special guidelines which apply to posting in the Religion Forum on Free Republic. Here goes
First, you should know that all moderators have authority on the Religion Forum and we are individuals and therefore what is tolerable to one may not be tolerable to another. However, I have general responsibility for this particular forum and spend most of my time reading your posts and moderating the conversations. And I do hold Religion Forum posts to a higher standard.
The previous Religion Moderator is still with us and other moderators who have served as Religion Moderator may also appear on thread with this handle. In other words, you cannot be sure that I am the person who posted with the handle. However, most of the time, it will be me simply because Im reading all of your posts.
A few guidelines:
Threads which are devotional or church-like in nature (such as daily mass readings) will be protected from challenges to doctrine, etc. Reported challenges will be pulled. The titles of the threads should be clearly designated so other posters and the moderators will know.
Threads which are not clearly designated are open to challenges, like a public square.
Posters should remember they are not preaching to the choir on open threads and take care to be respectful, clear and concise in their arguments. Passers-by will value your demeanor as much or more than the actual substance of your post.
This is very important: meet the offensive challenge to your doctrine on the open thread, do not mash the abuse button. I will not remove a challenge simply because it is offensive to your beliefs. If you cannot defend your own confession, then you are better off avoiding the open threads and leaving the reply to someone else of your confession.
Always argue the issues theology, philosophy, history, etc. and never make it personal.
If I see the conversation turn personal, I will intervene by pulling posts and/or posting a warning. If the misbehavior continues, posters may find themselves having to log back in or they may be given a time-out to cool down.
In the extreme, the threads may be banished to the smoky backroom, locked or pulled. And a hot-headed or defiant poster may be banned.
Banned posters who try to sneak back onto the forum using a different handle are nuked. Trolls are nuked.
I have no tolerance for potty language simply because it inflames other posters and results in unnecessary abuse reports that moderators then have to process. It is a waste of everyones time and doesnt help the posters image either.
Whenever I see a profanity or a reference or acronym for a profanity I will remove the post. If your post was pulled and you remember using such a word, just rephrase and repost and everything will be fine.
As with all threads on the forum hatred and any suggestion of racism or violence will be pulled. Posts which are just plain tacky may also be pulled.
Calling an author a liar is permitted calling another poster a liar is not.
Attributing motive to an author is permitted reading the mind of another poster is not.
Poking fun at a confession is permitted, but be careful when poking fun at another poster. If he doesnt think it is funny, I wont either.
Dont worry, youll get the hang of it. It all boils down to being respectful phrase your challenges as if you were the recipient, i.e. think Golden Rule.
Sorry, elfman2, but I will not recognize secular philosophies as qualified subjects for devotional thread protection.
LOLOL! "pursing" should be "pursuing"
I second your concern. There were a number of statements in that peculiar "Devotional" this morning which would cause any person who happened upon it to ask some legitimate questions. I simply asked a question, a question that anyone unfamiliar with the peculiar doctrines of the LDS Church would ask and my post was pulled. I've seen dozens of questions posed on the Protestant devotional threads and dozens of comments by non-protestants. Usually they are welcomed. To have a policy where there are no questions allowed is rather strict.
If I, as an ex-Mormon were to post a devotional dedicated to ex-Mormons who are now evangelical protestants and the reasons for their switch, would the Religion Moderator protect it from attack by those who are presently still in the LDS Church? Or would the devotional thread be pulled?
I suspect it would be the latter.
On the other hand, "Evangelical Protestant Caucus" is one I would recognize for a church-like thread and would protect just like I protect the "Catholic Caucus".
But again, please remember that passers-by are more likely to stop by the open threads than the church-like threads.
But don't you see that the purpose of today's LDS "devotional" was to show how the Protestant and Catholic Churches do not have the "fullness of the gospel" that the LDS Church purports to have?
Here is an example:
The record of the birth of Jesus is given in the New Testament, and we are more or less familiar with the story. The New Testament is a witness for Jesus Christ. But the Book of Mormon is also a witness for and a testament of Jesus Christ, and it gives us additional insights and concepts about why the birth of Jesus took place and why it was so important. There is no other book in all this world that tells us as clearly about the mission of Jesus Christ as does the Book of Mormon. Whereas the Bible tells us what happened, the Book of Mormon and other latter-day scriptures tell us why it happened. The Bible writers also knew why, but the Bible has not come to us in its original purity and clarity, and thus the Lord has brought forth these other records in plain terms so that we might not wander in darkness and oblivion. The Lord wants us to know about the greatest truths in the history of mankind.
I see dozens upon dozens of "Ex-Protestant who have come home to Catholicism" threads. It seems that if ever there is any thread which even purports to give any testimonies of Ex-Catholics who have come home to the Truths of the Reformation" the threads are either pulled or moved to the SBR faster than you can say "Anti-Catholic Troll".
I suspect these people will never get along. Even if they all make it to heaven, they'll argue about why ;~D
Good luck though ;~D
Thank you, Religion Moderator, for making these points clear!
Many have Freepmailed me, in which case I'm glad to respond with the why and the original post to make it easier to rephrase.
What will not happen?
The threads will not be relegated to the back room?
There will be no more "Why I left Protestantism threads"?
There will be no more "Why I left Catholicism Threads"?
Frankly, as a protestant I welcome the "why I left Protestantism" threads. There are at least one or two posted every week. But the "Why I left anthying other than Protestantism" threads are generally pulled or relegated to the SBR within a few dozen posts.
I like that one as well. It more mirrors how non-virtual services are conducted. They are rarely exclusionary or even challenge-free following a sermon, but virtually no-one would crash one and begin flaming it.
I think just clearly marking such threads as devotional and for specific denominations invites common social graces. But to enforce zero challenges on a multi-denominational and contentious forum such as this is as unnatural as enforcing none from multiple denominations meeting in the same room and time.
The "why I left" threads will not be pulled or banished to the backroom on my watch. No theology will be favored on open threads.
Well that's good to know. :-)
Your call. Respectfully, I dont think that providing devotional safe havens for promoting some ideologies but not others based solely on their theistic nature mirrors the principles that Free Republic promotes for government, but since FR is not a government, that may not be Jims concern. Either way, its not the hill I want to die on today. Regards.
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