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Thread #78311   Message #1409495
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
14-Feb-05 - 01:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
I apologize, Mrr... I don't think that this thread is anti-religious at all. I think that it was meant to be humorous. There are certainly threads that are anti-religious. And threads that are "trying to cram Christianity down people's throats." I regret them all. I have sincerely tried not to judge others or force my beliefs on anyone in here. First of all, it would be stupid, because you can't force beliefs, likes, dislikes, or anything else. The only cramming that ever works is cramming for tests (and even that has it's limitations.)

Let me state clearly what I feel, and then I will leave this thread to others. I believe that everyone has a right to express what they believe or feel, whether it's said in a measured way, or is even an outright attack. I don't believe in repressing feelings (although I do make an attempt to maintain some level of control over my own.) I think people have a right to attack whatever role Christianity is playing in repressing others in this country or overseas. I believe people have a right to be angry. Because I am a Christian, they even have a right to express their anger at me, whether I feel I am personally guilty as charged or not. I believe that every person on Mudcat, no matter how off the wall they may get at times, has value. Unless proven otherwise, I believe even the angriest person in here still want peace. I love people as people, not applying labels to them, as best I can.

I like the BS section. I like it's honesty, even when I am sometimes hurt by what is said. That's part of the price of allowing honesty.
I've complained in the past about how nasty Mudcat can get, but I am no longer going to complain about that. In the long run, the only thing I have any control over is myself. I cannot tell anyone else what they should do with their lives. I don't know how much others have been hurt, or the reason why they are as angry as they are. I still believe that people are good at heart. All people.

I think I'll give these discussions a breather. And wish everyone well.