I have been a member of a secular parenting forum for several years, and in fact, am even a moderator there. I have long thought it’s extremely liberally biased, whose liberal members can be quite aggressive both in stating their beliefs and in crying ‘I’m offended’ and even making personal attacks on those who disagree with them.
Despite our terms of service very clearly prohibiting personally directed comments and personal attacks, it happens quite frequently, and most especially it’s coming from a couple of the other moderators.
I have once in the past finally pt’d the administration, I’ve been so taken aback at how blatantly one of our members was being attacked, and the result was that if the admins don’t agree with someone (or so it seems to me) others can treat that person any way they please.
I frequently ask myself why I stay. Sometimes I think it’s because I’m just ‘comfortable’ there, having been there a long time. Sometimes it’s because I think maybe I can actually state the Catholic and conservative positions courteously and persuasively when such discussions arise (which I’ve had some success doing) or maybe have some success in making people see the points clearly enough that maybe they’d at least be tolerant and respectful (which I’m having little or no success doing). Sometimes, it’s only because I have friends there, with whom I have on-going large-group pt’s going. Sometimes it’s because I dislike, on principal, the feeling that people like me are being driven from public boards and only ‘allowed’ to voice our opinions on specifically Christian, Catholic, or conservative boards.
A recent discussion has turned very ugly with very direct, nasty comments being made, by moderators no less, to a member, all stemming from saying she likes a certain Christian bumper sticker! I know from past experience what will happen if I write the admins and say something.
Who else has been in this situation? What have you done? Are there secular boards that AREN’T so intolerant of religious beliefs? I don’t like leaving because some people behave so badly. I don’t like staying knowing that no matter how polite I am, I have less ‘right’ than others to state my view.