The Issue Of Religiously Inspired Topics
Over the past few months, our staff has witnessed an extreme rise in the intensity of some contributions within threads that have topics directly
about religion, or that are inspired by religious issues. Most notably, just as we experience occasional problems form groups of pro-Freemasonry users
in the "Secret Societies" forum, we've recently experience some problems with those who appear to be groups of Christians collaborating on
With this in mind, we're going to make a long-needed change in one forum, and reaffirm the intent of two other forums.
The Conspiracies In Religion Forum
This forum on AboveTopSecret.com has always been set aside as the dedicated forum to discuss potential conspiracies, scandals, and problems with
organized religions and religious personalities. It should not be a place to discuss religion.
From this point forward, we will be limiting all
threads in this forum to the specific mandate.
The Origins & Creationism Conspiracy Forum
This forum on AboveTopSecret.com was established to discuss a spin-off hot topic from the Conspiracies In Religion forum, the effort by several groups
(mainly evangelical christians) to mandate the teaching a religious belief as science. It is not a place to debate creationism -v- evolution.
Threads discussing science (evolution) should be limited to the Science and Technology forum, and threads discussing religious beliefs (creation)
should be limited to the BTS forum discussed below.
The Religion, Faith, And Theology Forum
This forum, formerly known as "Faith and Spirituality" on BelowTopSecret.com will be the dedicated destination for all religiously-inspired
discussions, including those that may be critical of religion, or no religion. Discussion of creation, creationism, and the potential merits of
teaching the notion of creation in schools will be limited to this forum.
NEW FORUM: Psychology, Philosophy & Metaphysics
This new AboveTopSecret.com forum is for the discussion of a wide range of non-religous topics: Consciousness, Mind, Epistemology, Psychology,
Philosophy, Metaphysics, Self-Empowerment, Knowledge and also fringe subjects such as Mind-Control and Psychotronic Manipulation. All in all this will
be an "intellectual & philosophical cafe" with a focus on everything from mental relaxing and non-religious personal balance, to conspiracies and
speculation related to influencing the mind.
Civility And Decorum Are Expected
We anticipate that our members will contribute to these and all topics with the civilized social graces that we've all come to expect while
participating in ATS. We do not want to see non-believers derailing the topics of believers, and likewise, believers should not be disrupting the
topics of non-believers. Above all else, respect the beliefs or non-beliefs of thread participants and focus on the subject matter, not each other.
The initial message unintentionally appeared to focus too much on the "Christians' side" of the eternal debate, this was not, and is not the
intent. We've had similar "decorum" problems with atheists, Muslims, and Wiccans (among others), some of which have unfortunately resulted in
account terminations. This step to clarify the forums that typically contain debates inspired by religion(s) is our effort to better segment the
various topics, and remind everyone that civility is expected, and most importantly
prevent any future need to ban a member's account over
[edit on 11-6-2008 by SkepticOverlord]