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180.       vineyards
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 23 Mar 2008 Sun 11:04 pm

Discussing religion on an intellectual level demands first of all the presence of a proper platform. Do you think this is the right platform?

Furthermore, if we are hoping to reform a religion, we must really be concentrating on the principal tenets of it. Do you think people are really bringing up such matters?

Today, almost everyone knows everything about every culture, every religion. There is no need to advertise a religion; just be a good believer and stay away from harm's way. If most believers act like that, others will become curious about what causes those people to be so enviable. To my knowledge, Gandhi did not openly invite anyone to become a Buddhist but a Western journalist J. H. Holmes after spending so many years scrutinizing his life dubbed him the greatest man since Jesus and Buddha. So, many Europeans have been converting into the Buddhist faith ever since.

Don't you think the proper way to reform our faith is through setting a good example to others with our stance in life, with our philosophy and the strength of our personalities and not through criticizing a prophet based on unestablished facts about his life?

Last but not least, I do not like when people greet foreigners using religious words. Everyone believes in something, you believe in yours and I in mine. The relationship between people believing in different faiths should be personal not communal, especially in this age.

When a group of French tourists visit a town in our country as a group of people, they do not act like a group of missionaries in search of souls waiting for salvation. They visit that town because they are interested in the people living in there. They spend time there for enjoyment mainly, they do not mind about who believes in what. The people using these forums are not very different from those tourists. They are a group of people who are linked to Turkey for some reason. They are interested in Turkish people, turkish culture and yes, Islam but I suppose no one is really interested in letting this service turn into an arena where religious wars are fought.

181.       vineyards
1954 posts
 24 Mar 2008 Mon 12:44 am

Quoting karpusqueen:


With regard to rules and moderating. Vineyards, I don't think the team can be seen to have different thresholds of what is and isn't acceptable practice on the site. I really feel that the team needs to take an agreed collective and consistent approach to moderating, otherwise your expectation of members is as clear as mud.



Karpusqueen,
I am not a moderator of this forum. I am in charge of Turkish Culture and Literature section. I luckily don't have to deal with religious matters there.

I am posting these messages as an ordinary user. I don't have the authority or the means to edit, delete, move messages here.

Do I sound a bit patronizing? If so please accept my apoligies. Maybe being a mod inevitably puts you in this tone. You know Keith and Deli_Kizin are in charge of this forum...

182.       karpusqueen
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 24 Mar 2008 Mon 01:24 am

Quoting vineyards:

Quoting karpusqueen:


With regard to rules and moderating. Vineyards, I don't think the team can be seen to have different thresholds of what is and isn't acceptable practice on the site. I really feel that the team needs to take an agreed collective and consistent approach to moderating, otherwise your expectation of members is as clear as mud.



Karpusqueen,
I am not a moderator of this forum. I am in charge of Turkish Culture and Literature section. I luckily don't have to deal with religious matters there.

I am posting these messages as an ordinary user. I don't have the authority or the means to edit, delete, move messages here.

Do I sound a bit patronizing? If so please accept my apoligies. Maybe being a mode inevitably puts you in this tone. You know Keith and Deli_Kizin are in charge of this forum...



Sorry Vineyards, my mistake and no I don't think you sound patronizing.

p.s. I'll show you how to make pretty blue boxes and quote correctly some time. Somehow I don't think thehandsom will appreciate my words being attributed to him

183.       vineyards
1954 posts
 24 Mar 2008 Mon 01:37 am

Sorry, I was a bit sleepy when I made that quotation. Plus, I write very carelessly.

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