Comments policy

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1) Comments are moderated. This is not a free speech zone. The right to free speech is a protection against government censorship of and retribution against individual expression. This is a blog – more to the point, my blog – not a government; there is no “right” to free expression here.

2) Not all viewpoints are equally welcome or valuable. This blog is intended as a safer space for people who have experienced abuse and abusive cultures, particularly in Christian churches. Any comment that harms, alienates, mocks, or dismisses the people for whom this blog is intended may be edited, redacted, or deleted as I see fit.

(cf.: On comments, safe spaces, and free expression on my blog, and at Tiger Beatdown: The notion that all viewpoints are valuable, Curating Safe(r) spaces in comments)

3) Comments that fall under the following categories are very likely to be moderated:

– Personal attacks
Derailing the conversation
– Apologism of any kind for bigotry, abuse, or oppression (e.g., Mark Driscoll Bingo)
– Victim blaming and other potentially triggering content
–  Proselytizing of any kind, the key distinction here being telling other people what to do and what to believe rather than sticking to sharing your own faith experiences.

4) Offending comments from visitors who obviously haven’t paid attention to the comments policy, or enough of the blog to have any clue what it’s about, and/or are rude, pushy, or patronizing, are liable to end end up summarily mocked and/or shared as cautionary examples of how not to comment respectfully and thoughtfully on a stranger’s blog. In other words: if you troll my blog, don’t be shocked if you get trolled right back.

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6 Comments

  1. Maurice Harting says:

    The problem I have with what Ann Voskamp writes from a Christian perspective is that it is not based on sound theology, nor does she have any theological background or credentials. Non-theologians who want to write a Christian book would be wise to have their written material reviewed by an accredited theologian who can make suggestions and corrections BEFORE the Christian book is published. Ann Voskamp has not done so because her books are full of assumptions and biblical inaccuracies.

    • 1) What is this comment doing on my comments policy page?
      2) Voskamp’s book is a spiritual reflection. What kind of credentials does someone need to reflect on the Bible? Are all the male pastors or spiritual leaders whose teachings you listen to properly credentialed?

  2. Maurice Harting says:

    Ann Voskamp writes about biblical issues and claims to be a Christian. This can be very misleading, especially when Ann Voskamp uses less than accurate interpretation of the scriptures under the guise that she is a Christian. A wolf in sheep’s clothing comes to mind here, and I am not talking about the gender of the wolf, that is irrelevant. Maurice Harting @ mauriceharting@yahoo.ca

    • You’re not explaining what your criteria are for who’s a real Christian and how you judge accurate interpretations, just making assertions because you disagree with someone. Whatever.

  3. Maurice Harting says:

    What my criteria are for who is a Christian? I thought the Bible made clear who is saved and who is not or is this confusing to you? The Word of God is pretty clear for those who are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Bible states that the Holy Spirit guides us (believers) unto all truth (of God’s Word). Or do you have difficulty with that also?

    • Ah, the “it’s obvious to everyone who already agrees with me” argument, always such a reasonable and illuminating response. Yea, we’re done here.