Just some simple house rules to go over regarding Proselytization here in the shack. If you spend any time here you know that I have very strong opinions about many things. But I try to do what I can to make this place engaging for multiple perspectives and viewpoints.
I do that because I do not think that I always have all the answers and I find it to be wise to be open to many perspectives and points-of-view about lots of different things. However, there is a line that I draw when it comes to proselytization about religion.
Proselytizing here is something that I prefer not to see. I don’t like it and I try not to do it. Just to try and give you specifics about what you can and cannot do I’d like to refer to an earlier post because I received a comment there that crosses the line.
I do not think that the poster intended to offend or upset anyone, but I also think that it is important to be clear about where the boundaries are. Here is my response to that comment and some additional responsa:
“You are welcome to post here all you want but I have to tell you that this is a no proselytization zone.
I am a deeply committed Jew. I respect your beliefs and I expect mine and that of my readers to be respected and that means that there is no Jesus talk on this blog.
I found happiness without him as have many others. I believe in multiple paths to G-d and I also am highly antagonistic towards people who witness.
I find it offensive.
I want to clarify that I do not think that it is your intention to offend, but that is what happens when you engage in witnessing.
And I can speak on behalf of many who feel the same way.
So like I said you are welcome and invited to post and hang out as long as you can do so without going to that place.”
There may come a time in which it makes sense to discuss religion. It may be appropriate to compare philosophy and doctrine, but this blog will never be a place in which missonaries can roam freely as missionaries. I won’t accept it. If that upsets or offends people they can find other places to hang out.
As I mentioned before I think that it is important to incorporate and include people of different backgrounds and viewpoints, but there is a way of doing so that allows for dialogue and that is what I am interested in.
Thank you for your time and help with this.
Dictator of the Shack