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Discussions of politics (discussing particular candidates, asking who to vote for, etc.) among CAF members is acceptable in the World News sub-forum. However, CAF is not a channel that political parties, candidates, or advocates can use to further their political agendas. Please do not post campaign ads.

No name calling or belittling anyone, including political candidates. Keep all comments charitable. Participants are strongly reminded that charity is essential to our discussions here.

If you wish to review the subject, please see Charity for specifics, or CAF rules for an overview, both of which are located in the Rules of the Road sub-forum.

News stories discussed here should at least tangentially related to religion. When posting new threads, please keep this in mind.

It is fair to discuss a politician’s or newsmaker’s position on the issues and their qualifications for office, it is not fair to discuss their spiritual well being. Criticisms of a anyone’s spiritual life or spirituality should be left between that person and their spiritual director or confessor. They are not allowed in the forums. If a politician or newsmaker states that they are a certain religion that is the assumed religion of the politician in this forum, please do not question it.

When starting a new thread in a In the News subforum, please start it with a news article from a reputable news outlet. The title of the thread must be the same as the title of the news article.

Op-Eds, blog postings and commentary are acceptable to start a new thread if they contain links to hard news stories or press releases. However, they must otherwise adhere to CAF rules on charity.

Avoid YouTube or other video links as news articles to start a new thread, unless they are a full news report or a full speech from a first source.

Please do not post comments by radio or TV commentators or articles about comments given by media commentators to start a new thread. They are rarely news stories. Commentators are paid to make controversial statements.

If an existing thread is discussing a particular candidate or politician, please try to post on those threads and not start new threads if the discussion is about one of the candidates being discussed in an existing thread.

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Thank you for your cooperation.

This is going to be a long political season, let’s make it a charitable one at CAF.

More forum rules are posted at the top of the forum. Please read the threads there.

Threads in the In the News sub-forums must begin with a news article. Avoid blogs or commentaries unless they link to a news article.

Guidelines on posting news articles to Catholic Answer Forums:
*]Stay on the topic of the forum you are posting in. If you are going to post an article, make sure you are placing it in the correct forum.
*]Post recent news articles
*]Always link to a reliable news source (try to avoid blogs, if you link to a blog, the blog article must link to a reliable news source). No conspiricy sites, please
*]Use the original title. When you post an article, be sure to use the original title in the subject of your post. This helps users find the article and lessens the chance of a double post.
*]Always provide a link to a publically available news source.
*]Avoid quoting from copyrighted works. Instead, paraphrase what is said and provide a link. If you do quote, limit your quotes to one to three paragraphs.
*]Do not post articles that make personal attacks or are in other ways inappropriate for the CA forums.
*]Since the News forums are supposed to be about national and world news that is of interest to Catholics as Catholics, we would prefer that all news stories that are posted be at least tangentially related to Catholic doctrine or morals Where tie in to Catholic doctrine or morals in the thread may not be obvious to the moderating staff, please explain it in the body of your original post. This will help in our moderating the forum.
[/LIST]It is very common in the forum for people to accuse critics of President Obama of racism. It is unproductive and as a general rule not allowed in the forum.

More forum rules are posted at the top of the forum. Please read the threads there.

More forum rules are posted at the top of the forum. Please read the threads there.

More forum rules are posted at the top of the forum. Please read the threads there.

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Everyone, online and offline, deserves to be spoken to and about respectfully. However, some posters seem to feel that clergy and religious are fair game.

If you have an issue with them, take it up in private, not on this forum or any of our forums.

You may cite something from another source, if you are not using it to further an agenda. Agenda posting is not allowed.

If we deem that you are disrespectful to our clergy and religious, you will receive an infraction or even a ban.

Proof what you write before you post.

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*]Vatican II
*]Clergy (deacons, priests and bishops) of any group
*]Religious (brothers, sisters, and nuns) of any order or congregation
*]Lawful actions and disciiplines by the Church including the historical excommunication of the SSPX. It happened. Rome explained why it happened. End of story. Rome did not put it out there for debate by the faithful.
*]Another poster or his/her ideas. You can disagree. You cannot attack,insult, ridicule or dismiss as unimportant. His opinion is as important to him as your opinion is to you.
*]Parishes, pastors, civil leaders.
*]Other religions – if you’re unsure how to speak in public about other faiths, look at the Pope Benedict XVI. He is fraternal, polite, and intellectual in discussing religious differences.
[/LIST]Avoid arguments that will lead to violations of charity. You don’t have to like what you read and others do not have to like what you post. But you must be civil toward each other and those who are not on the forum.

Make sure you read the rules at the top of the forum also.

Make sure you read the rules at the top of the forum also.

Make sure you read the rules at the top of the forum also.

Make sure you read the rules at the top of the forum also.

It has been decided that we will not have a separate forum to discuss politics; and the place to have political discussions is in World News.

Since, one of the complaints we receive is that the US news dominates the World News forum. And another is that during election years it is worse.

Therefore, so we are not overwhelmed with political threads as this campaign season starts to warm up, I am combining a number of threads for awhile (we will see how it works out.)

So look for a general thread on the candidate and put your news story there instead of starting a new thread.

So far we have threads for:
*]Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign
*]Paul Ryan Discussion
*]Obama Presidential Campaign
*]Republican convention
*]Democratic convention

some forum changes, see above

some forum changes, see above

some forum changes, see above

some forum changes, see above

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