A funny thing happened on the way to February
I've got to share a funny story with you. I'm a regular over at Internet Infidels discussion board. The board covers a wide range of topics and the posters are collectively and individually very bright. The board is a magnet for Fundamentalists who are trying to crush scientific arguments or bring all the members of IIDB into the flock. About a week ago, a fellow named 'sevenxtrust' posted the following challenge:
We have debated with some atheists who have done a very bad job thus far. So we want you to debate with us IF YOU ARE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE that is. Christians join in too.
Beware atheists, because the Lord God WILL reveal Himself to you in whatever way He wishes.
link removed (JM: Yeah, AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHALLENGER)
So if you are up for it,,,come.
We've all seen these 'challenges' before. A bunch of us showed up at the board, ready to be intellectually challenged. It was quickly apparent that sevenxtrust and his cohort of 'challengers' were in way over their heads. In fact, they were over their heads scientifically, scripturally and intellectually. I think several of us were betting on how long before we would be banned. In fact, one of the posters at IIDB made the following statement when he saw the challenge:
Oh... oh.. oh... this is just priceless...
Take a look here.
It's a thread on the "Debate Unlimited" forum, much like this one.
It started just over a week ago, with our good friend sevenXtrust spamming their board with his challenge.
It then documents their going over there and thrashing the Admins in debate, followed by the mysterious closing of the board.
Then, three days later, their board mysteriously reappears (minus the evidence of said thrashing) at a new URL.
Then, of course, sevenXtrust sends the same spammed message to us, and the whole hilarious process starts again...
They're even copy/pasting the same arguments to us as they did to the previous bunch of atheists that they invited to join.
To their initial credit, they did try hard. The chief of the board, Dan Lirette claimed the deletion of the previous board was by accident. Most of their arguments were vacuous and when they got into any real trouble, they simply reminded us that we are all hell-bound. Then sevenxtrust spammed several other boards stating something along the lines of 'We've been attacked by atheists'---never bothering to explain just why all those new people showed up. Things were moving along. Challenges were made by the faithful and then rapidly abandoned when the questions got too deep (about ankle-deep usually did it). Then, this morning I found out I was banned. Apparently so was everybody else and the entire discussion section of that thread was deleted. Guess old Dan couldn't take it. Anyway, the funny thing is that one of the IIDB folk complimented Dan earlier about not censoring comments. Dan replied:
I was thinking today.... In "real life", we cannot "ban" people from certain words or actions... we can leave the situation, but we cannot ban THEM.
I feel this should apply here.... no one should have to be censored (with a few exceptions as noted above) for being on a Forum, Christian or otherwise.
The Lord isn't concerned with people cleaning the outside of their lives until the inside is first dealth with; hence, I think we should, here and elsewhere, as Christians, work with this mindset, that we cannot "force" people to do what "we" ask... we must allow people to express themselves as they see fit; and if the above guidelines are violated, and ONLY then, will anything be locked, but rarely deleted.
I mean, Forum posts can get heated; big deal.
Many Christian Forums and even secular ones have guidelines which are restrictive to a person's personality; you'd think they set the Forum up to blast off 1000000 rules for all of their visitors due to their power-trip mentality.
This forum won't be like that.
TO which I might add..Ever in the week of January 24-31. After that, I'm going to wipe out any evidence of those sinners who posted here. Ahh, the mind of a fundie. For those interested in viewing the remnants of that board, you may follow this link. Hurry, the board may not last the week.
UPDATE: Dan removed his post 'this board won't be like that, ever'. Dan does not seem to be above "lying for Jesus" when faced with a challenge.