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To: PeevedPatriot

That has been my intent for the last several years. I try very hard to stick to the discussion and not make personal insults. I’m not sure what you mean by “not taking the bait”. If you mean to simply IGNORE the offending threads, then sorry, I won’t, nor do I think any of us should. If someone posts something that is wrong or vindictive or condescending about my faith, I have every right to join the discussion. What I have asked repeatedly for is more discretion by those who are the usual posters of such threads. So far, I’ve seen little evidence they care and plenty that demonstrates they enjoy stirring the pot - complete with provocative titles. I don’t fall for the bait instigating me to get nasty where the RM has to intervene and most of us show plenty of self discipline by not falling for the game either. And, sadly, that was the game. I’m much more interested in speaking the truth and winning souls to Christ. Anyone who truly loves the Lord would do the same. Thanks for standing up for peace among brethren.


272 posted on 02/24/2013 11:57:28 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums
First, it's not my place to suggest how you should act, so apologies in that regard. I wasn't saying I think you should ignore threads you find offensive. I'm saying we are free to choose our manner of response to threads that slander or wrongly state the positions of our faith. And our manner of response (by their fruits ye shall know them) IMHO shows if we walk the walk or merely talk the talk. Comments can abandon the charity of Christ long before mod intervention is necessary. I say that in general not to you personally.

What I was trying to say and perhaps still cannot phrase concisely, is that you--or anyone--who believes a thread has been posted with intent to disrespect or skew discussion in an uncharitable direction can choose to point out the bias and reframe the discussion in a more balanced direction in the comments. It can be done charitably or, as often happens on this site, less than charitably.

I tend to lurk more than participate. What I have observed is that lack of charity seems evident in many of the Catholic and nonCatholic commenters. To what extent it's intentional wounding, heat of the moment irritation, or sincere misunderstanding of the other side's position is something I'm not willing to judge. Jesus can do that. I have other things to worry about :)

Peace be with you, dear sister in Christ. I think it's time for me to fast from the Religion Forum for a while. May you have a blessed Lent and joyous Easter.

288 posted on 02/25/2013 2:47:42 PM PST by PeevedPatriot
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