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Re: Religious proselytizing

Posted by Dr. Bob on August 30, 2001, at 4:59:05

In reply to With respect, Dr Bob. GODDAMMIT, DO SOMETHING, posted by stjames on August 29, 2001, at 21:21:08

> I defended SalArmy4Me's MENTIONING his religious motivations I don't think it is appropriate for him to end all his posts with Salvation Army position statements.
> Jane

> As for the religious stuff; I feel that he is thumbing his nose in our face; and at "our" beliefs.
> - Cam

> And for my meager two cents, I think Shelli hit it on the head. At this point, the quote is really what is offending. To be honest, liberal as I am in most respects, it would be offending to me if it were something about the Goddess Earth and our rights owed to her...
> Folks tend to bash Christians because they see homosexuality as a sin...
> - Krazy Kat

> Does this mean that I can end all of my posts with quotes from the Satanic Bible? This whole situation is absolutely ludicrous. Why are you letting it continue?
> - Cam

Sorry, I've been preoccupied with technical issues...

I do think it's time to draw another line. But where? Offensiveness is in the eyes of the beholder...

The goals here are support and education. So it's OK to share what's worked for you. But it's not OK to pressure others to do the same or to put them down for doing something else.

1. Referring to others as sinners usually isn't supportive. I don't think I've seen SalArmy4me put down anyone else's religion, however.

2. Pressuring others to join a particular faith or cause usually isn't supportive, either. Promotional material should therefore be avoided. A link to more information, for example:


or a simple tag line, for example:

> --J.T., Soldier: USA West Territory, Sierra Del Mar and Southern California Divisions

at the end of a post I think would be fine.

How about that?


> I sometimes wonder if people do these *unacceptable* things hoping they will be accepted. It's like, maybe people just can't face that others won't see the world the way they do. Since they can't face it, they act as if people will accept it... Maybe there is no forethought toward "stirring things up" but rather a blind and misguided faith that they will find acceptance. Like, I'm really sure everyone will agree with all of this post...

From the horse's mouth, as they say? :-)





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