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Old 07-06-2009, 12:55 PM
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Default Religion on the Forums.

Recently a thread was taken down about a JW and he or she was wondering why it was removed. I knew why it was removed. It sort of peaked my intrest again concerning Paramount's position on religion. It's not the first time this has occured. Months ago a site about fellowshiping Christians was taken down aswell.

I understand that these threads were removed because of the propensity of these threads to be volatile. The Evolution Thread was a similar situation.

Previously, I was even cited a reprimand for words that were too critical of the details of homosexuality. (to which I do regret) They were not diplomatic.

Perhaps the forum could use clarification the use of religion in topical discussion. Is it strictly forbidden? Are threads on religion merely discouraged or may there be small discussion on that line in unrelated threads.

This is an intrest to many of us Trek Fans who just happen to have a religon.

Thank you for any response in advance.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:33 PM
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I'd have to agree with Saquist on here. I find religion interesting, and love having mature discussions about it. Sadly, there will be people who start yelling and screaming over it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:46 PM
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I asked a similar question a while back. The answer was that although such discussion topics are prohibited by the forum rules, the mods are easy-going and like to allow people to discuss what they want (as long as things don't turn nasty). Also, the mods don't read every post.

As a personal observation, fun though these discussions are - I've rarely seen anyone actually learn anything or change their position through them.
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:37 PM
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This is a tricky question. For instance, if I asked what people thought of the movie "Angels and Demons", answers may invoke opinions about the Catholic Church since science verses religion is the central theme of the movie (and book). Where to draw the line is tough. I guess that's what a moderator is for.

Good luck..
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:05 AM
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I'd have to agree with Saquist on here. I find religion interesting, and love having mature discussions about it. Sadly, there will be people who start yelling and screaming over it.
There were people yelling and screaming over Star Trek. I don't think I'd have a problem with people doing that over real issues like religion in society.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:17 AM
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Nonbelievers and believers alike have to agree that religion has a lot influence on our culture, and it includes the arts. Especially the arts. Movies often depict religion, characters who practice some sort of religion, a scene that has parallels to religious stories, etc. All throughout Star Trek we see this.

Star Trek III for instance deals with reincarnation. It's a very religious movie. Even if the religion is fictional it has its symbolic roots in real life religion.

Star Trek also shows a possible depiction of our future. And what I don't see is very many present day religious sects. Such a scenario would be a very interesting discussion thread here. I realize the way the discussion could end up taking a turn for the worst. But like I said, a lot of discussion on Star Trek has turned bad, even started bad, without religious topic.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:12 AM
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And oddly, almost paradoxically, the subjects that invite the greatest "flame wars" are often the most important ones. Religion, politics, sexual equality... funny, but I seem to recall Gene R. saying that those were PRECICELY the things he wanted to comment on when he created TOS.

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:44 PM
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I've always thought the board rules were pretty clear. I've tried to suggest to the new posters that "rally cry" threads are doomed..while "Intelligent discussion of religion" threads thrive...

I just think if you start a thread "I'm A JEW!" and then say "I invite questions" you can expect it to be deleted because it's destined to be controversial. That's what happened with spokthecool's thread.

I'd love someone, somewhere to give me points for not using the Vulcan death grip on her for failing to actually spell Spock's name correctly...
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:44 AM
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no points...I happen to know that that name, using the correct spelling, is taken. I tried to get it, is how I know. but when I found that it was already registered, I decided to use the same name I use for all of my different sites. that left spokthecool (wrong spelling) available. she probably tried it with Spock spelled correctly, and was told to pick another cause that one was already being used. Funny, though...I don't remember any post under that name with the correct spelling, maybe someone just registered with it to keep it for themselves, then quit posting here, but never bothered to delete their account.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:11 AM
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I'd love someone, somewhere to give me points for not using the Vulcan death grip on her for failing to actually spell Spock's name correctly...
Perhaps we can share the points? My teeth were getting worn down from the grinding....
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