I awoke this morning to find that as I was sleeping, a member of our forum started more than one thread calling me a heretic and questioning my decision to lock this topic. I thank Fr. Chris and Fr. George for moving those threads to the private forum.
I advise anyone who has a problem with any decision made by myself or another moderator to make a complaint using the report function, or they may pm Fr. George.
In the present case, I locked the thread because it was getting polemical. Polemical discussions about Chalcedon are allowed, but they must go in the private forum. The private forum was specifically set up to take such discussions, because they have a history of getting rather nasty.
The rule against polemical discussions about Chalcedon in the public forum was not promulgated by myself or by any other Oriental Orthodox. It was set by Fr. Anastasios, who is Eastern Orthodox.
Regarding Iconodule calling St. Dioscoros "hated of God," he is perfectly allowed to do so in the private forum, just as I or any other OO may call Leo of Rome "hated of God" in the private forum. (Thankfully, neither I nor any other OO have resorted to using that sort of language when describing an EO saint, either in the private or public fora.) No one, however, may use that language to describe each other's saints in any of the public fora. Quoting that language from a council for academic purposes may be allowed, but Iconodule was using the phrase as his own words.
Likewise, I and other Oriental Orthodox may refer to St. Dioscoros with the title "St." just as Eastern Orthodox may refer to Leo of Rome with the same title.
In other words, here in the public Oriental Orthodox section, I may refer to Dioscoros of Alexandria with the title "St." but Iconodule cannot call him "hated of God." Similarly, Iconodule may refer to Flavian of Constantinople with the title "St." but I cannot call him "hated of God." (Not that I would want to use that language. Goodness gracious.) In the private forum we can call each other's saints anything we want.
Again, I am not the one who made these rules. Anyone who has a problem with them can take it up with those who are above me. As stated above, the rules were put into place to deal with some very nasty behavior, which we would like to keep out of the public fora.
I appreciate everyone's anticipated courtesy and cooperation.