A Lesson For My ChildrenAt the moment, my three children are in school. I rarely pick out things on the Internet to prove a point but I believe what is going on in this group will serve as a great lesson in how not to act in public (either IRL or online in a public forum).
One thing I clearly recall having hammered into my head when I was young and theist was that it was my *duty* to go forth and "spread the Word". The very core of my life was to ensure I told everyone I knew or had met all about the "glory of God". It never occurred to me at that young age that this was the very definition of harassment. Nor did it occur to me (and most of my theistic comrades) that there was a time and place for such things. Recalling as an adult, I now realize how exceedingly inappropriately I had acted.
Without naming names (but let's face it, we're not stupid here), it seems one individual has taken it upon themselves to not join in healthy debate but rather make multiple attempts at proselytizing. This person has gone way beyond the boundaries of what should be considered 'net etiquette. They've taken a good experience subject and turned into a major troll-fest.
So, this afternoon when my children are home, I'm going to show them how some theists act exceedingly inappropriately online (and I can only assume this person is the same way IRL). And then I'm going to ask them how they would feel had their lives been force-fed religious doctrine such as has been seen on this subject lately.
deleted 26-30 2 Responses 12 Jan 12, 2012