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Thursday, February 18, 2010
As a Christian, I am called to avoid being "yoked together with unbelievers,"1 but also to love my neighbor.2 When we find ourselves in associations with others who belong to the world, we have to keep these twin requirements in mind as we balance them in practice.
Looking beyond kumbaya and political correctness
My concern with this thread has nothing whatsoever to do with political correctness (PC), but rather with what I see as this Forum's acceptance of a hate-filled, ignorant screed against a certain class of Americans. I am a Christian: I am not a follower of Islam, so I have nothing spiritual at stake here. However, my daughter is a Muslim (and with that my son-in-law and my four grandchildren), and I respect that. My daughter is a US citizen; she is not a terrorist. In fact, the following Americans are Muslims (and also not terrorists, I believe):
There are others, of course, and many of them are US citizens living in Florida and who may want to carry a concealed weapon and participate in a forum where this is encouraged and supported. The following selections from this thread, as far as I can tell, certainly fall within the class of "derogatory slurs" [forbidden by the rules of the Forum]:
"Islam is not a religon of peace it is a POLITICAL system of terror against others."
As a Christian, I gave up long ago trying to make it my personal mission to convert everyone to my faith. My daughter is Muslim, my sister is Jewish, and I can't control what they believe. And it's not my place to control them in that way. But I've learned that I can't be any aid in moving others to my faith if I give in to hate and to encouraging the destruction/killing of those who don't share my faith.
As an American, moreover, I am compelled to step in and stand up for those who choose a different religious lifestyle. This is provided by the US Constitution.
Considering who has participated in this thread (including senior members, distinguished members, and a super moderator), I am appalled at the languageand more so that this is apparently okay. I expect such from Stormfront, but I did not expect this from the Florida Concealed Carry Forums.
Therefore I am leaving the Forum. This dude abides.
The attacks continued in that online forum, but I certainly don't have any control over that. We do what we can.
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