This is an administrative post that is irrelevant to most of you. For that, I apologize. However, we have had a surge recently in comments left by dedicated anti-Mormon activists – comments that have NOTHING to do with the posts on which they appear and that contain NOTHING constructive or enlightening. We also have had a few comments by believing members that have come perilously close to crossing the lines of common decency, and one in particular that crossed those lines.
As we have said multiple times, we delete or edit very, very few comments here at Mormon Matters. This site was established to have an open forum for discussion among people with widely varying points of view and beliefs. However, it was not and is not intended to be a site to spew bile, insult people and cast aspersions about others’ faith. The rules are simple and few, and they can be summarized as:
Comment on the topic of the post.
Address what others say without disparaging them or their character.
Don’t blaspheme, use vulgar language, condemn – and don’t call people sinners who need to repent.
This is not a fourm for personal attacks, and it is not a forum for sweeping broadsides.
Disagreement is fine, even passionate disagreement, but ridicule and accusation and condemnation is not.
I wish this post was not necessary, but please understand one thing:
As much as we believe in the free exchange of ideas and beliefs, comments that are only condemnatory and add nothing to the conversation will be deleted.
If anyone has suggestions or concerns, feel free to comment. Just do so within the rules outlined above.