Forum Comments Policy
In the spirit of consistency, The CORAC Community Forum (CCF) has adapted the Comment Policy from the ‘A Sign of Hope Blog’ as a guideline mainstay. The views and opinions expressed in the forum threads are those of the commenter and do not necessarily reflect Charlie Johnston’s or other Corps of Renewal and Charity administrators’ views. We encourage a wide range of comments here – treat it kind of like an Irish pub where we can sit and reason (and sometimes wrestle) with each other. That said, this is a faithfully orthodox community and we will not give space to those who try to disparage either the Catholic Church or the Christian faith of others who we count as brethren.
We do not vouch for links in comments. Although moderated, our CCF is not managed by an editor and we are asked to share constructively and to help each other learn and grow in our musings and ponderings here. Links to popular commentary on current event are changing as rapidly as the winds. Sharing witness stories and life-experiences first-hand is redeeming for us all.
Please be aware:
1) No vulgarities or simple ugly name-calling. Period.
2) We are largely Catholic, so this CCF has a decidedly Catholic flavor. We have a deep respect for the profound faith of many of our Protestant and Jewish brethren. Our commitment is that we are to treat all faithful Protestants and Jews as full partners in the work before us. God, Himself, will see to the unity of the faithful. There are no junior partners here.
3) We do not engage in the “Jane, you ignorant slut” style of debate so popular on so many forums today. We encourage and welcome people to offer serious, clearly stated unique opinions. Properly understood, debate should lead us closer to truth. A sneer is not a substitute for an argument here, so if that is all you can muster, please go somewhere else.
4) We believe that when we are commanded that we should not bear false witness, that does not just mean we should only tell the truth about people we like or agree with – but that we should not bear false witness against anyone, even Hitler or Stalin. If someone has chosen evil their actions will speak for themselves. If we add to it to try to further discredit them, we simply are adopting evil, ourselves. Take the time to make sure your facts are reasonably accurate.
5) We understand that in the modern world, people frequently want to jump into the middle of a debate without seeing what is already said. We treat each other seriously and with respect here. If you want to jump in, use the search feature to at least see what has been said recently on a subject.
6) When making a factual claim that is not common knowledge, please provide a credible reference – preferably a link – to the source so people can assess it. Wikipedia, while a good place to start getting some information, is NOT a reliable reference.
That is not to say we are nice and don’t say hard things or make tough criticisms – but it must be based in evidence rather than simply emoting feelings – and all is designed to build up the people of God, not to tear each other down.