Would you prefer that this site be more welcoming to religious people, or screen them out more effectively?
We’ve had this question posed before from time to time as I recall, but I can’t for the life of me understand why it keeps being asked. As has already been pointed out…Admin went AWOL some time ago, so who or how any welcoming or screening would be done is actually unclear. What exactly did you have in mind?
Yes please, I love to talk and debate with any opinion. But it also has to be kept in mind that this is a refuge for some people, so that while diversity is good for people like me, it should not be gained at the expense of making an unfriendly site to those who need the community, and the religious do have plenty of places of their own where they can find community.
The "religious" is such a broad category of people, and I don't see a way to program them out of the site so it's a bit of a moot point.
I'm open to someone who's branching into nonbelief and looking for counsel, but I am surrounded by (and have to work around) the religious in every other aspect of my life, so I don't want to deal with that here. The glory of this site has always been that it's the one place where I don't have to compromise on what I say, and how I think, and I don't have to be patronized by a religious.
I would be perfectly okay with welcoming religious people on the the site.
We can always block or ignore those whom we have problems with.
Personally I think engaging in respectful stimulating conversations in which the parties disagree can be beneficial for us all.
With love and respect being paramount
I don’t care who belongs. I enjoy reading a variety of posts. But I don’t want to talk about religion. I dislike religion and there is nothing I can do to get rid of it. I see no point in trying to change anyone’s mind. Arguing with delusional people is a waste of time and effort. The less religion interjected into the conversation, the better.
Some wicked souls might contend that being agnostic is religious enough, but not I.
Build a temple of tolerance and they will come.
I will defend to the resurrection the right to an opinion that is not so inflammatory as to precipitate the pyres of perdition.
If we don't debate then we can't persuade or be persuaded.
No trinity's ever cited
Belief by bible folk
There are many here among us
Who know that cult is but a joke
And you and I have seen through that
Kismet is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
That Armageddon's late