I think it is important that we take a moment to make sure our members understand where the fine line is between an open discussion vs. an inflammatory topic that may trigger hate type debates.
As an example, it is perfectly okay to have discussions concerning racism as a whole (in the off topic area) and how that has an impact on society. When it comes down to it, more often than not, communication is the key to finding solutions to many of the social issues in our lives today.
HOWEVER, it is not okay to have discussions which attack groups of people as a whole, incite hate, or uses personal opinion as fact to open a discussion.
For instance, we would not start a thread like this one . . .
Why Do Purple People Hate, Kill, and Eat Green People?
Why don’t we open topics in this manner?
(1) If you are assuming that all purple people, hate, kill, and eat green people based on one purple person (or a group of radical purple people) doing those things then that is not a fact for discussion. It’s simply your personal bias concerning purple people.
(2) Because hate topics rarely do anything about actually finding solutions. They only increase the hate and further decrease communication.
Does that mean we are limiting your right to free speech?
Nope! You are 100% free to stand on the street corner and say whatever you want about what you believe. That is between you and your local law enforcement. You can write anything you want on your own website. That’s between you and your hosting company and perhaps Homeland Security.
But here in the community, the owners of LumberJocks and I get to choose where that line is drawn.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandi
-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."