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Thats my opinion Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-11 01:14 PM
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Many of us a looking at a spirited liberal religious forum
A few weeks ago I joined DU, and have found much of it stimulating and informative. Being a theologian, as well as a political journalist, one of the places I looked was in the Religion/Theology forum. I made three posts which got several thousand !! responses. The lightning flashed every time I posted something. It turns out that the R/T forum is really an outlet for a group of radical atheists who use it to attack anything that has to do with religion. It really ought to be called the anti-Religion Theology forum. Since they really don't want any conversation about religion or theology, they use the forum to castigate anyone with any other notion. Some of the members search out and publish all the nasty things religious fundamentalists do or think. And believe me, there is plenty to choose from. They also castigate anything positive that any religious person or group says or does because their quasi-fundamentalist creed includes the affirmation that all religion is evil. After a couple of weeks in that hostile nexus I said "bye bye." Recent conversations in RT suggest that there are still a group of UDers who believe that there are issues in which religion has something to say about public life, but are as frustrated as I was about any intelligent conversation possibly taking place in the R/T forum. My suggestion may be to those frustrated people: abandon the R/T forum and let the anti-religious folk have it all to themselves. But where will we go? I found this forum but it seems almost dead. I wrote here a bit a couple of weeks back, but it generated nothing much. I post a political essay every Wednesday afternoon under "Editorials", so if you want to see a bit of my thinking in "secularese" not "religionese" have a look.

I'm looking for a vigorous outlet for the melding of progressive political and religious thought. I don't want a forum where no disagreement or debate is allowed, but a vital spirited exchange possible. If there is some possibility here, let me know.
thats my opinion.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 01:20 AM
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1. There used to be much more comment and debate
on this forum. I don't know what happened. Keep trying. It may pick up again.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:41 PM
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2. What would you like to discuss??
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-11 05:50 PM
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3. That would be interesting--

I had to abandon R/T for the same reason.
Extremists in any group repel me, instantly!

I'll be checking back here more often.
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Jack Sprat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-11 07:03 PM
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4. yes indeed.
Even if you have an ounce of Christian faith, you best not venture into that forum. That is an attack group for mainly pure atheists, I suspect. You are not the first to be ridiculed and insulted there, and I doubt that you will be the last. Don't take it personally or think everyone is that mean, because they are not. Fortunately.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-11 02:31 PM
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5. I suggest you go to the Groups, then
because the individual religions have their own groups and your opinion will never be challenged by atheists, 99% of them lacking the incivility to go there.

However, the forums are open to all, even those of us who disagree with your august and incomparably superior opinions.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-29-11 04:26 PM
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6. Hi That's my opinion,
Our Religion and Theology forum is open to all members - believers, agnostics and atheists. Many have strongly felt opinions. Discussion at times can be volatile. We suggest using the alert function if you feel a post or thread is inappropriate.

Thanks.
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