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Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Sorcerer, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Bells Staff Member

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    I asked you if that was a possible cause for you closing the thread..

    "Was it bashing or critiquing religion?"..

    You know, asking you if that was why you closed the thread, if you felt it was religion bashing?

    If it is not that, why was it closed? Hence why I suggested you posted the reason for closure. The people reading it and participating in it were not given a reason as to why you felt it deserved to be closed.
     
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  3. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    wait a minute, there are numerous threads all across the board that are closed without any explanation at all.
     
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  5. Bells Staff Member

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    Yes. And it is a problem, we've all done it. However many do not post a reason in the thread itself but post it in the Action Notes threads in each subsequent forums.

    Sometimes the reasons for closure are so obvious that no reason really needs to be listed. Other times it can be a tad confusing, like it appears to be the case for this instance, which is why I suggested he just post a quick reason as to why he felt it needed to be closed, so that posters do not repeat the same issue again.
     
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  7. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    discussions on moderation between moderators should be behind closed doors
     
  8. Bells Staff Member

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    Asking a simple question is hardly a discussion.
     
  9. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    Bells, did you click on the last link posted by GIA? That one should be obvious.
     
  10. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    *ahem*

    Moderators should strive to be more entertaining.

    Spoon feed me!
     
  11. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    The devil makes him do it.
     
  12. Sorcerer Put a Spell on you Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for the background. I appreciate that you've take the time to explain the history.

    I do have a problem with this though:

    "things that aren't so scientific, like pursuits of philosophy, history, politics, religion etc."

    Everything on that list , if not scientific, is at least subject to rational discussion, except religion: that is the problem.


    I have a suggestion: every post on the religion forum should be rewarded by the decrement of the post count (and that includes me). It would soon die, as it should.
     
  13. Bells Staff Member

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    Yes.

    And as I said, if you felt it was too offensive, just remove the link with a mod note to not post things like that. However, if you listen to the whole thing, it's only the chorus that could be deemed offensive because it says penis and balls. The rest of the song is actually really pertinent to the role religion is currently playing in American politics. In other words, the song is about the fact that religion is no longer in the private domain but has instead invaded the political and public domain and laws are being made to comply with the wants and demands of the extreme religious rights. Which is offensive in and of itself. The song also discusses the hypocrisy of the religious right - such as their extreme pro-life stance, but also the fact that these very people support the death penalty, for example.

    The chorus, while applying the words in a fairly in your face manner, is a reminder that religion should not intrude into the private lives of people who do not wish to practice said religion and do not practice said religion.

    Thank you for finally clearing it up that you closed the thread because of the contents of that youtube video.
     
  14. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    I have been expressly told that editing people's posts is considered very obtrusive and that closing a thread is preferred. Or does that only count when it is one of your friends?
     
  15. Bells Staff Member

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    I beg your pardon?

    Which "friends" are you suggesting I applied this to? Please provide a link.

    The rules we all go by is simple, if an offensive link or image needs to be removed (such as pornographic link), then you clearly have to state what you removed and why in a separate post. While we do not do this on a regular basis, if a link is pornographic, for example, then yes, removing it is within the boundaries of the rules. If it is just rude, a simple warning in the thread to not post such materials in the future works just as well and if it keeps happening, then warnings to the individual in question becomes warranted.
     
  16. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps you need to educate yourself.

    Here's the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on the Philosophy of Religion.

    The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a good historical overview of Natural Theology.

    And here's the SEP's article on the extraordinary subject of Mind in Indian Buddhism.

    Many universities offer programs in the study of religion. Stanford University, not far from my home, has an active Religious Studies doctoral program. The University of California at Berkeley, across the bay, offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D program in Buddhist Studies. Berkeley also cooperates closely with the adjacent Graduate Theological Union and offers some joint programs with the GTU, I believe.

    Entire academic libraries are filled with scholarly works on the history, philosophy, phenomenonology, psychology, sociology, descriptive studies, literary and textual studies, studies of religious art and comparative studies of religion in general and individual religions in particular.
     
  17. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    If there were such a thing as a "Moderator's Sensitivity Class" you would fail miserably Syne, at least in my humble opinion. OTOH, your style would ace the Pretentious course, with honors. Strictly a subjective take, of course. Subject to all the usual disclaimers...
     
  18. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    True, but the scientific content regarding the actual existence of a God or gods is extremely limited. With good reason, the true scientist's position can be easily summarized: "There is not now, nor has there ever been, any objective evidence to support the existence of Sky Fairies. Or unicorns..."
     
  19. Sorcerer Put a Spell on you Registered Senior Member

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    You clearly didn't read my post. I specifically exempted philosophy, history, politics, so your first 2 examples are irrelevant. The third sounds semi-scientific, at least from the title - I'm not going to waste my time reading it.

    I don't have any problem with universities offering courses to study religion, after all it's had significant effects on the world, most of them bad. If we could find a vaccine for it we could get rid of it, and that is no doubt what they hope to discover.

    What on earth is this to do with having a rational discussion about religion:

    "Entire academic libraries are filled with scholarly works on the history, philosophy, phenomenonology, psychology, sociology, descriptive studies, literary and textual studies, studies of religious art and comparative studies of religion in general and individual religions in particular."

    Let's start a rational discussion about religion:

    God exists.

    Prove it.

    Can't.

    Goodnight.
     
  20. Sorcerer Put a Spell on you Registered Senior Member

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    Let's look at this from a different perspective.

    You're brought up in an agnostic society, with agnostic parents. Someone hands a bible or the koran when you're 18 and able to think properly. You read the thing, and what would you think?

    Bible: clearly untrue, certainly genesis and probably exodus, and there's no proof for any of it: in the garbage, then, if you are of sound mind.

    Koran: the main prophet marries a 9 yro girl, and the benefits you get from paradise are not just 72 virgins but also 28 little boys: in the garbage.

    If you hadn't had the stuff pumped into your mind when you were too young to think, you'd dismiss it out of hand. That's why it doesn't belong here.
     
  21. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    i believe the same can be said of the alternative evolution.
    science has been completely unable to prove inanimate matter becomes alive and that an organism can change into another organism.
    countless thousands of fruitflies have given their lives in the pursuit.
     
  22. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Everytime you eat a cheeseburger inanimate matter becomes alive.

    Where does science claim an organism can change into another organism?
     
  23. Kittamaru Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Adieu, Sciforums. Valued Senior Member

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    You... really don't understand the human body very well, do you? The organic matter int he cheeseburger does NOT reanimate... it is broken down to its component parts and consumed via chemical reactions. Unless of course you wish to claim that metal rusting is also alive because that's a chemical reaction as well...


    Well... there are species of fish and seahorse that can change gender in order to facilitate reproduction...
     

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