Since that one post seems to be the biggest bone of contention with a few members, and it seems to me that the not too thinly veiled inference is that the fact that it wasnâ€™t removed shows some kind of â€œbiasâ€ against Christians, I want to address it even further than Tricia, although I think she did a fine job. Interesting, too, that some of the people making that inference here werenâ€™t even active in the threads that were pulled. Perhaps speaking on someone elseâ€™s behalf?
Why wasnâ€™t it removed? First, because it was stated as opinion, not a fact that canâ€™t be debated. Second, because the people who would be offended by it could and did respond to it, which can open a dialog (which it did). Third, because it was a very specifically named, narrowly defined group of people. While dogmatically, a Fundamentalist Christian may mean someone who takes the Bible as a literal account and literally from Godâ€™s hand, the populist definition (the one used and understood by the majority of the population) would be someone who takes their beliefs to the extreme, or radicals, who demand that everyone must follow the same code of beliefs as them. This is what Fundamentalist Islam has come to be seen, and it carries over to Christians too. It may not be the same meaning as would be used in a church, but it is an alternative definition that should be taken into account. And fourth, because within the discussion there appeared to be enough of a dialog that both sides were heard and clarified their position. Well, they were able to post their thoughts, whether or not it was helpful to dissuade the offense taken.
Originally Posted by catcaregiver
The fact that there are some Moderators who have studied theology is irrelevant.
What does our religious education have to do with anything? A lot, actually.
It means that at one time, and for quite a while for each of us to get the education we did, we held similar Christian beliefs, and thus were treated the same as other Christians are. Perhaps moreso than some because of where we attended school. So the argument that â€œyou donâ€™t see it because youâ€™re not one of usâ€ is bogus, IMO. Been there, done that, been judged regardless of what I actually believed. And while I chose a different path, I do know what being a Christian is all about. And frankly, I didnâ€™t see the whole â€œpersecutionâ€ thing when I was one. But I do see the same reaction from about 2-3 people here whether the statement is â€œI feel Fundamentalist Christians are bigotsâ€ or â€œJust because you believe it doesnâ€™t make it true for the whole world.â€
No matter what, if someone disagrees with the Christian perspective, it is considered Christian bashing. Thatâ€™s why I said that I really donâ€™t see the anti-Christian attitude that is claimed to be so pervasive here.
It also means that we are very familiar with not only the Bible, but also the history of the Church, and the various interpretations (dogma) of the Bible that make Denominations different from each other (i.e. Catholics believe in the true transubstantiation of the Eucharist; wheras Lutherans and other Protestants see the Eucharist as being symbolic of the Body and Blood). It means that we probably understand Christianity better than most, and Iâ€™d have to say as well as anyone Iâ€™ve seen posting here.