There are no such things as "Protestant" and "Catholic" threads in the Religion Forum. Rather, there are "open" threads, "ecumenical" threads, and "caucus / devotional / prayer" threads. You can read more about them here. FReeper markomalley posted this topic as an open thread. Antagonism should be expected in "open" threads, and a thick skin is always required (and expected) to participate effectively. Old-timers in the Religion Forum know that "open" threads will often lead to heated and often contentious debate, hence the need for a thick(er) skin, or else the debate will become a flame war.
What happened on this thread is equivalent to a Catholic coming to a Protestant thread, and without any anti-Catholic provocation post something like this
Protestants and Catholics are free to post "provocative" material on open threads, so long as the contents don't fall outside of FR general guidelines. If posters are getting their feelings hurt because others ridicule or disapprove or hate what they hold dear, then that poster is probably too thin-skinned to be involved in "open" Religion Forum threads. They should learn to ignore "open" threads altogether and instead post to threads labeled "prayer", "devotional", "caucus" or "ecumenical."
Of course. It is an open thread and anything goes on those. However, our actions show our character and what motivates us. I don’t don’t initiate Protestant bashing because I think it shows bad character, and also would be indicative of a deep seated hostility, uneasiness, discomfort, and defensiveness that would be embarrassing. Also, I don’t want to bash my fellow Christian brothers and sisters, there is just something...well..unchristian about it.
However, if people want to embarrass themselves, and show their character flaws for all to see, they are certainly free to do it, as you have pointed out.....on open threads that is.