(1) This blog policy is subject to change without prior notice or obligation, and the changes become effective immediately upon posting to this page. Please read this policy often and regularly familiarize yourself with any changes that have been made. This is your responsibility. In this list of policy stipulations, the pronouns “I” and “me” refer to the owner of this blog.
(2) The Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog is a Christian opinion center—used primarily to exhibit the opinions of the blog owner or any guest author who is approved to write a main article for the blog. This blog is not a debating arena. Debating religious issues with a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical is an exercise in utter futility—because of their a priori commitment to a hardline stance of immovability in what they believe and a 100 percent commitment to never compromise the least bit in anything they believe. Debating with a fundie is like trying to talk and reason with a tree stump. I do not waste my time with such debates here. If you want to engage in a religious debate, go join a high school or college debate team.
(3) No trolling of any kind is permitted on this blog. I define what is and is not trolling on this blog—not you. If you want to know what the word “ruthless” really means, you will quickly find out.
(4) No fundie proselytizing in any way, shape, or form is permitted in comments made in response to main blog articles or in reader comments made in response to other comments. This includes any questions about another person’s state of Christian love, condition of faith, or relationship to God the Father, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Any violation will result in immediate deletion of your comment.
(5) No Bible verses, Bible verse citations, or so-called proof texts are permitted in comments made in response to main blog articles or comments made in response to comments by readers. If you cannot say what you have to say in your own words, then say nothing. Any violation will result in immediate deletion of your comment.
(6) No words about how you are “praying for me” are to be inserted into any comment made in response to a main blog article or any comment made in response to comments by readers. The phrase “I will pray for you” (and variations on it) have become an insult that hate-filled fundies throw at people in moments of personal agitation and rage, usually because someone has openly and publicly disagreed with some aspect of their fundie belief system. For this reason, I do not want and shall not accept any prayers from Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. If you do not like that, then tough darts on you!!! Maybe you should talk to your fundie friends and associates about how ugly and mean-spirited they are with people outside fundie faith circles. Any violation of this policy stipulation will result in immediate deletion of your comment.
(7) No typical or atypical fundie expressions of hate shall be directed at me or the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog in comments on main blog articles. You shall not tell me or this blog that we are going to burn in Hell forever. You shall not tell me that I am not a “true” Christian—like you. You shall not define me as apostate or a false teacher. In addition, you shall not make any other statements of fundie hate on this blog, and I reserve the sole right to define what is and is not a hate statement when I see it in a comment. In addition, you may not say such things to readers in response to comments they make on this blog. Any violation will result in immediate deletion of your comment.
(8) Any comment containing personal injury or death threats to me, my family, my friends, or any reader who makes comments on this blog will be immediately turned over to my local FBI Field Office or my local Police Department (as appropriate) for investigation. (My local FBI Field Office is only a 30-minute drive from my office.)
I love and respect all members of the FBI and members of state and local law enforcement agencies who are well trained and behave in a professional manner. However, this policy stipulation also applies to former law enforcement officers who are Christian fundamentalists or conservative evangelicals. I have noticed that some of you former officers like to bully and threaten American citizens on-line the same way you bullied and threatened innocent African-American citizens and other innocent American citizens when you were on the force. Maybe that is why you are no longer a member of law enforcement. If you ever want to do federal, state, or local law enforcement work again at some point in your life, do not mess with me. I shall turn your threats over to the FBI and other appropriate law enforcement authorities so fast your head will spin.
(9) Comments made in response to main blog articles or comments made by other readers shall not contain four-letter or longer cuss words or any other sort of profanity or obscenity. You shall be on your best and most polite behavior at all times on this blog. Any violation will result in immediate deletion of your comment. As the owner of this blog, I reserve the right to use whatever language I feel like using for literary purposes in main blog articles and comments on this blog. If you do not like that, then leave this blog now and never come back.
(10) This blog is not a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical pulpit. No fundie personal testimonies, faith testimonies, sermons, or sermonettes are allowed in comments made in response to main blog articles or in comments made in response to reader comments. If you feel the need to preach, you may not do it on this blog. Any violation will result in immediate deletion of your comment.
Many years ago, I was a member of a highly conservative Southern Baptist Convention megachurch. Church member hostesses at home-based weekend parties loved to suddenly put party guests on the spot by ordering them to form a big circle and then demanding that each person give their personal testimony to the group about what Jesus had done for their life.
In my honest opinion, putting party guests on the spot like that is just plain rude. No Christian hostess should ever treat a party guest like a stunt-performing seal at Seaworld. It is an invasion of personal spiritual boundaries. It puts nonChristian guests in an embarrassing position, and it hurts the feelings of any guests who may not have a miraculous testimony to offer (for whatever reason). Many authentic Christians never experience a true miracle in their lives. This is why it is so hard to be declared a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
As my response to such rude, impolite, and unloving requests from fundie hostesses, I have developed a personal testimony that I keep in my wallet to read slowly to the circled group on such unfortunate occasions. Fundie hostesses ask for such testimonies for three reasons: (1) It allows them to gather background gossip dirt on new church members; (2) fundies love to hear miraculous Jesus stories; and (3) the hostess has seen other fundie hostesses do it—and thinks such torture is fun. My testimony addresses all three points and sends a clear message to the hostess about how rude and invasive such requests are. You may read my “personal testimony” here:
Once upon a time, I was addicted to crack, heroin, alcohol, ecstasy, and seven other dangerous drugs—and cigarettes. I was schizophrenic, bipolar, and stark raving mad. I was also blind in both eyes—and all my arms and legs had been amputated at the trunk of my body. Everyone in my family died on the same day—even the uncles, aunts, and cousins—leaving me totally alone in the world. I had no friends in the world, and even though I had health insurance, my doctor would not even see me. Then in the twinkling of an eye in the tent revival down at Possum Holler Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) Church, I was shot through with fear of God, accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior like a bawling baby, and escaped from the eternal fires of Hell. In that very moment, the Spirit of the Lord seized me, and instantly, all of my drug addictions ceased, my mental illnesses went away, the scales fell from my eyes, all four limbs reappeared on my body, all of my relatives came back to life again—and I got a doctor’s appointment. I grabbed both poles of the battery in God’s Silver Thunderbird, and I felt the power of the Lord surging through my body!!! Praise the Lord!!!! Praise the Lord!!! Praise the Lord!!!
This is just the kind of weird, worn out, sappy personal faith testimony Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals love to hear. For many years, their preachers have convinced them that every nonfundie household in the United States is a hotbed of runaway sin (drug addiction, wife beating, incest, physical abuse, child sexual abuse—you name it). None of this ever occurs in fundie households……….uh…….right (LOL). Faith in Jesus fixes it all instantly!!!! These fundies are wrong about the sin burden in American households in general, and they are also wrong about Jesus fixing everything instantly. However, if they long for a sappy faith testimony, why not give them one? Just be sure to end it with an honest admission that it is a fun testimony you created. Otherwise, some of them might actually be stupid enough to believe it.
(11) No statements are allowed with regard to me (or any commenter) having some sort of personal bitterness toward the fundie belief system because of your imaginings about some past earthshaking incident in my life or their life that must have caused us to seem so bitter—and you shall make no requests for “my story” or “their story” about this imaginary incident that exists in your head.
Yes. I know what you are thinking. If we could just tell you the very special story of this imaginary incident in your mind, you can analyze it in detail, show us where we went wrong long ago, help correct it for us, and by so doing, prove that the problem was all us—and not something that is wrong with the fundie belief system.
Then we can all sit around your fundie campfire together, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya to the glorious perfection of Fundieland. Forget it!!! The fundie belief system is screwed up beyond imagining—and most sane Americans who live outside fundie belief circles can clearly and plainly see that—including millions of nonfundie Christians like me. You people and your screwed up fundie belief system are the ones who need fixing. No wonder 70 to 88 percent of the children raised in your churches desert them between the ages of 18 and 24—and never go back to them, or other churches like them, for the rest of their lives. The problem is not the magnetism of the sinful world. The problem is not your children turning against Jesus. The problem is YOU personally and your CRAZY CHURCH. YOU—as fallible and sinful human beings who believe in ignorant, nutty things—are the precise reasons why your children are leaving your churches and why your fundie churches are slowly dying off. Hello!!!! Wake up!!!!
(12) If you are a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical—and you are upset by the contents of this policy list—all I can say is this. You are out of touch with the many outrageous, vile, unfriendly, and unkind ways in which your fellow fundies misoperate and misbehave on the American stage today. If this policy list upsets you, do not talk to me about it. Go talk to your fundie friends about why they are so ugly, mean-spirited, and abusive with people outside their fundie faith circles.
(13) No gaslighting statements, deflection statements, whataboutisms, or other clever fundie debating tricks—like red herrings—all from the famous long lists of clever debating ploys and tricks used by formal, institutional debate teams are permitted in comments on this blog. Any comment containing such things will be immediately deleted.
(14) This is my blog—not yours. Other stipulated constraints on your comments and behavior may be added here at any time without prior notice or obligation. It all depends on the patterns of fundie misbehavior observed when you send comments to this blog.
Be aware of this. Regardless of the other stipulations on this policy list, I reserve the right to be the sole and final judge of whether your words and behavior on this blog are appropriate and acceptable—and whether your comment gets read carefully or gets immediately deleted. You may or may not get a response to any of the comments you make on this blog. If I tell you to leave this blog permanently and never come back again (for whatever reason), I expect you to do just that.
In addition, I reserve the right to temporarily or permanently kick you off this blog and to electronically block your future access to this blog.
(14) Listen up fundies. You are 100 percent, completely, and totally responsible for knowing all of these policy statements and behaving in accordance with them when you send any comment to this blog. This list applies equally to all nonfundies as well.
(15) I, the blog owner, reserve the right to change the content of all or any part of the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog at any time without prior notice or obligation. That includes editing, revising, or deleting my blog articles (old or new) and your guest main blog posts and comments.
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