Now, before I start, let me just say that that 'one' thread is one of my biggest peeves: Intolerance. It made me mad, something that has only happened
one other time anytime I was browsing ATS. That being said, I am mournfully disheartened by the fact that someone on this site would have that breed
1 : consideration of a question in open and usually informal debate
2 : a formal treatment of a topic in speech or writing
ATS is NOT a congregation for your religion OR lack thereof
1 : a : an assembly of persons : gathering; especially : an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction
b : a religious community: as
(1) : an organized body of believers in a particular locality
. It is a discussion-based
forum and the success of the fame and quality of
this forum has depended on the discussions that we've had. This means that when you make a thread, propagating
your views or stance on your
subject, you must expect
to receive opposing views and be prepared to discuss the topic with your fellow members. If you write a thread
propagating the belief in a God, then you must be prepared to discuss the topic with people who don't believe in God, and vice-versa. This is general
knowledge, and is the most important part of a discussion regarding religion. If you knowingly refuse to discuss a topic with someone who does not
share your views, then it isn't a discussion, it's a congregation. You're making your thread a church. It's not supposed to be a church.
I'm not saying if you are religious then to refrain from posting anything religious. What I'm saying is that when you post something religious, then
expect to encounter people who do not believe in your religion, and be ready to discuss with them just as you have discussed with people who do share
beliefs. Likewise, if you don't have a religion, then be prepared to discuss with people who do just as openly as you have discussed with the people
who share your non-beliefs.
An example would be:
- Going into a thread where the opening post is full of unconnected Bible verses and, instead of asking the OP what the point of the thread is,
blaring out your hate of their religion.
- Being said OP, and instead of stating what the point of your thread is, posting more Bible verses and having a piss-measuring contest among those
who share your beliefs.
Recently it seems like people have stopped 'denying ignorance' and instead 'embrace innocence'. It is your duty when you make a thread to be prepared
for an open-discussion, and your duty when you reply to a thread to have an open mind. Does this mean you have to agree with the other person? NO.
Just read the top of the forum you are in:
Religion forum: Discuss all things spiritual and share your own faith-based experiences.
Philosophy and 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.
Conspiracies in Religions: This forum is dedicated to the speculation and examination into conspiracies and scandals perpetrated or inspired by
organized religions. This forum is not for the general discussion of religious topics.
In conclusion, all I'm trying to say is that there is a difference in a discussion, and a share-fest. If you explicitly state at the foot of your OP
that: "What do you guys think" or "Discuss", then it is a discussion and you should be expecting people with differing views and be prepared to
challenge them, not shoot them down at whatever the cost, and the same goes for whatever religion you belong to (or don't).
Also, I'm sure most of you have seen this at the top of your thread box:
You are an experienced contributor to ATS. Please be an example for our newer members and make every post matter.
What do you guys think about the state of the forums currently. It feels like Summer break is longer than it should be.
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