Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I must admit to being quite dismayed and disappointed by the way this thread has run at times. I have left it unlocked because IMHO some good points have been raised concerning an important topic, as well as many things that ought to have remained unwritten. I am sorry if, in the opinion of some, I have let things go on for too long.
Please treat this topic with the respect that it deserves. I am giving everyone fair warning here that from now on I will not hesitate to issue warnings in this thread for flippant or off the cuff or hurtful remarks that do not help the flow of the discussion. The same thing goes for posts that are not engaging the OP and are off-topic. (I do not include the puppies or the kittens already posted, at the time of their posting I found them to be a welcome relief.)
Please realise that many in our midst have been hurt by sexism or racism or other attitudes and actions designed to make them feel less than human. Surely these kinds of attitudes or attacks must be opposed by those of us who affirm that "There is neither Jew not Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) Please post with sensitivity and tact, keeping these things in mind. Brothers and sisters, let us struggle to use this thread (in however small a way) to further the healing of our brokenness under the tender ministrations of the Lord.
Your unworthy servant,
Non-religious Topics Moderator