Assembled masses. Let us review our Rules of Engagement here on asktheBigot.
You are invited to think critically. I encourage you to present and attack arguments. (Surprise! It’s biblical to judge ideas. John 7:24) Ask, discuss, share and debate. Come on IN! The water is hot and shark infested. All the cool kids are doing it.
You absolutely, in no way, may attack people. If your comments degrade persons, people or a group of persons, you shall be excommunicated (by a Bigot no less).
Here is an example of a comment that will not be approved. “Tommy” felt the need to express his thoughts on a post in the following way:
…All you people make me sick. You may get gay marriage legalized, but its not going to change a thing. You will never be accepted as normal. Common, perhaps, but never normal… Why don’t you freaks advocate for something everyone actually gives a shit about? You feel empowered now simply because we have a queer for a president. REAL empowerment is if you all could win the favor of a heterosexual president…
Because I respect your intelligence I chose not to highlight the phrases but as you can clearly see, Tommy is a multi-level offender.
Descriptors such as freak, low-life, queer (unless that is how you choose to self-identify) and the like are low-brow and should be beneath you. Expletives I will consider on a case by case basis, excessive use of them will not be tolerated. Neither will demeaning comments about our President, however you may feel about him. You are welcome to vehemently disagree on behaviors, policies, or concepts, but you may not personally attack someone who holds those ideals. So, put on your big kid pants and engage. Otherwise, remove thyself from the sandbox, take your toys and head on home.
Now, why do we have these rules, you may ask? It is because bigotry is not defined by holding a strong opinion. A bigot is one who holds “obstinately or intolerantly” to that opinion (i.e. will not engage in honest conversation) and then “regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.” And guess what, we don’t do bigotry here. (Hint- this blog was birthed to highlight the rampant duplicity in the use of that word by those who espouse “tolerance”.)
Also, for clarification: There are posts on this blog aimed specifically at Christians, in which case I appeal to scripture as the authority. There are also posts on this blog which argue for a specific public policy. In those posts, I do not appeal to the Bible as the public does not recognize its relevance or authority. You do not have to follow that formula (though I highly recommend it), but if you choose to use the Bible in a discussion about civil code, you are on your own and godspeed to you.
It is a privilege to live in a country where we are free to debate and disagree. You may choose to handle yourself classlessly but, let us remember, actions do have consequences. Just because you can say it, doesn’t mean you should.