I would appreciate some official, documented clarification of MeFi's policy on conversations about religion—specifically, what kinds of criticisms of religion are acceptable, under what circumstances—and I suspect that others would too. [more inside]
So are we officially too sensitive
to talk about religion
on the blue these days? [more inside]
I think other versions of this post
linking to a video of Mormon temple ceremonies ought to stand if they're offered. [more inside]
I'd like to see a list of Metafilter posts about potentially dangerous topics that led to respectful, interesting conversations. [more inside]
In which AskMefi, get's a prime slot on Law and Order:Criminal Intent [more inside]
I would like to request that theological/religious threads (such as this this one
) be allowed to be a discussion on a specific religious topic (in this case, hell and the afterlife) and not be turned into a referendum on the nature of belief. [more inside]
There's a whole lotta nasty in this thread
. [more inside]
Let's talk about Catholicism on metafilter... [more inside]
Must every thread about religion turn into an exercise in how religion is inherently a force for evil? [more inside]
I don't understand how to make a good FPP. [more inside]
"There is no afterlife." Cite, please... [more inside]
For God's sake, can we delete this moron post using two poorly written old articles to set up a point-counterpoint that is as trite as it is pointlessly inflammatory?
I thought posting things just to forward one's own opinions and to stir up meaningless, hot-air controversy was against the guidelines.
Interested in how to respond to a comment like this one. [more inside]
Religious issues aside, do we really need three separate posts
covering slight variations of the same thing?
is offensive beyond the pale for those who worship the Son of God, and who are grateful He gave His life and defeated death. [more inside]
How do we talk about religion and morals while respecting all beliefs? [more inside]
Well, I have been onsite five or ten minutes and already flagged two posts...can I say I am sick and tired of seeing gratuitous and profane rants against God and Christianity in general-especially since I know for a fact that kind of speech is not tolerated for other groups here? [more inside]
Come on y'all this is embarassing.
I don't think anyone would appreciate getting their religion bashed this way and Mormon's LOVE that man. Believe me, I know some. Totally uncalled for.
Fundamentalist Metafilterism? A few days ago, I had a post
deleted. I'm actually not
complaining about that (hey! don't jump on me! I'm not! read this before yelling at me!)
, but that, combined with the belovedness
of this post
, made a question form in my head. [more inside]
We don't think religious satire
goes down well on Mefi. Well, 'cept for the 'Tologists
, that is. [more inside]
Do we really need two LOLZ RELIGION
!!1! posts in one day?
Let's move the "Are Catholics Christian?" derail/debate in this AskMeta thread
to a more appropriate place: this Metatalk thread. [more inside]
MetaFilter seems rife with religious intolerance and disinformation under the guise of intelligent conversation. Is this a flaw or a feature of Metafilter?
(Jesus in the desert part deux)
Can admins take a look at this
AskMeFi question? It's a genuine question about a biblical story but it's being hijacked by the atheist brigade.
MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics tend to have comments which are basically the same as other MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics.
I don't understand why this
was posted. Most LOL XTIANS get deleted; why is this one still here?
I'd like to nominate this fantastic, almost entirely civil thread about Mormonism
for the sidebar.
It's really been an exceptional example of how informative AskMe can be when discussion and knowledge-sharing are maximized with minimal interpersonal snark.
Kudos where richly due. I'm delighted to see a thread I had actually feared would be deleted
, about the sensitive nexus of fundamentalist Christianity and earthly power, close in on 100 comments and never once descend into vituperation. Nuanced disagreement, even principled difference of opinion, but no name-calling and no shit-flinging. It's a wonderful thing. Can we do this more often?
Well, askme got served with a doozy tonight
and I think it's safe to say it didn't go well. It's not just the completely awful legal advice being dispensed, or the attempt to frame this question as a solely moral one that disturbed me, but the seeming justification of murder (and referencing religion to reason away that murder) that made me shudder.
I'm going to totally ignore your question, but I am going to pimp my religion.
Regarding the question on ask.metafilter: Religious oppression
, any question that would ask for perceived incidents of "personal oppression" from a segment of the population is subtle hatemongering with the intention of inciting contention and propagating slander, libel and misinformation. This thread is dangerous and should be removed immediately.
posted by rinkjustice at 6:41 AM PST on July 22 [+fave] [!]
Why can't you love your fellow man and be selfless, without needing to believe in a giant invisible wizard in the sky?
This statement was attacked, defended, reconnected with the topic at hand, and was further clarified and apologized for by its author. But as of a few minutes ago, it no longer exists. This, my friends, is Chewbacca, and Chewbacca does not make sense.
Not necessarily a callout, because I always find myself reading the religion posts even when I don't agree with them, but as doctor_negative points out
in brownpau's latest thread
it may be time for someone to get his own blog.
I call censorship by the religious majority
There has been a number of religion oriented threads recently. In these threads it becomes apparent that, compared to the population at large, Metafilter has a higher frequency of non-believers. Inspired by this thread*
at another website, what brought you to non-belief?
* it starts a little shallow, but more indepth stories come eventually
While it's refreshing to see a comment from him not calling for the execution
of people he doesn't like, perhaps zagszman
still remains a little underdeveloped in the civility department. For someone who thinks we should just get over torturing Muslims
, he's quick to demand that we start turning firehoses on them.
When someone posts a serious question
to AskMe in order to help properly observe a religious food law, do you:
(a) Answer the question
(b) Attempt to engage in theological debate
about their religion?
is abusing his membership. Undeniable evidence included inside.
In the same way we want to avoid people's pet theories on pornography invading threads on pubic shaving (old gray/green thread, wish I could remember the URLs), I wish Metafilter's multitude of strident atheists would extend the courtesy of keeping their unhelpful but oh-so-clever snarks [6
] out of otherwise cogent discussions on scriptural mythos. We can talk about these things objectively without being vilified as damn fundies, right? Thanks, and Happy Easter.
Is it just me or is this a useless post
that doesn't follow the guidlines, posted solely to mock religion?
Crossing the Rubicon
: I've said it.
I'll honor this - regardless of where it leads.
Sheesh. Forgetting the fact that this is a crap FPP
, do we have to have this stupid argument again? I get really tired of reading the uninformed, bigoted opinions of anti-religion types with chips on their shoulders. You are free to not believe in God; I am not bothered by your not-believing. But you not-believing is not evidence of intellectual or moral superiority. It's just a choice you made, a choice I can understand and respect. How about some reciprocation already?
More immediate Catholic Bashing.
It's all well and good for skallas
to post his opinions on his own weblog, but couldn't he keep any anti-religious remarks out of his FPPs
If people are going to ask religious questions, does Matt apply doctrinal arguments in adjudging what is an acceptable answer or not? [MI]