I am not sure where this post is supposed to go… but I can get the “hint”. Yesterday, and today I was exposed to a “flag-storm”, probably similar to Trump’s usual tweet-storms. I have no idea who the “flaggers” happened to be, or why my posts were flagged - and removed. Unfortunately the software does not reveal these data, not even the NUMBER of flags a post “deserved”.
I scrupulously followed the rules of the board, as I was supposed to. I mostly asked questions, because I was interested in the WHY of some Catholic beliefs. (I know what the beliefs are.) The usual answer was very hostile and dismissive. Yes, I admit that the questions were hard, and provocative. And since they could not be answered, the reaction was unadulterated hostility.
There is the disclaimer, that non-Catholics are welcome, but they must be respectful of the Catholic beliefs. That does not seem to be case. First of all, “respect” does not equal “agreement”. A much more honest approach would be to say: “Ultra-conservatives are welcome, mildly conservatives are tolerated, but non-conservatives are NOT welcome.”
Anyone, does not vehemently “adore” Trump, gets harassed and verbally abused. But the TRUTH ™ is:
Anyone, who dares to ask serious questions about human sexuality gets the same treatment. And any post dealing with abortion from a non-ultra-conservative point of view really gets the “charitable” treatment. The poster becomes a baby-killer, someone who endorses genocide, and other terms of endearments are hurled his way. The outpouring of “love” is “beautiful” to behold. Looks like that the posters cannot see the difference between supporting the freedom of choice and supporting one outcome of it.
I understand that these “flag-happy” posters are a minority, but they are the loudest and most obnoxious ones - as usual. (By the way, the removed posts cannot be viewed after some unspecified time. Another “feature” of the software used.)
So, I get the hint. Dissenters are not welcome. Hard questions are especially not welcome, nor are they tolerated. I wish you the very best. After all MOST of you are very nice people, sprinkled with some uncouth ones. BTW, I will not let the door hit my butt on the way out. It was fun, and I learned a lot. Not what I was hoping to learn, but “you can’t always get what you want” as the song of the Rolling Stones said.
Be good or be good at it. Goodbye!