“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Many folks criticize The Christian Left by saying we ban people who disagree with us. The people who have been banned are of course the worst. They run to other pages and cry about being banned; They criticize us in comment streams on independent articles, and 99% have one big thing in common: They lie about not knowing what they did to get banned or they severely minimize what they said to get banned, usually completely re-wording what they actually said. We've seen it 10,000 times over the last three years.
Case in point. We posted this meme yesterday:
Here we go with one of the threads in the discussion. It always starts out innocent.
Here we go. It almost always degenerates to this: Name calling, generalizations, swearing, curse words, lectures, on and on.
Sheena has now descended in to a vicious cycle that never ends called trolling. In the early days of the page one troll thread would spiral on an on and take up an entire day. It would take over the page for hours at a time.
Folks, we don't ban people for disagreeing with us. People disagree with us all day long. We ban trolls. There's a BIG difference. If you disagree, fine. Do so with common courtesy. 90% of the people who participate on this page get it and have no problem with it.
We don't have time for trolling. This is our policy. It will not change.
We wrote this policy well over a year ago. It has been and will remain in effect at all times, 24/7. Sometimes we post it as a reminder.
The Christian Left is a group for Christian Liberals (Progressives). There are plenty of other groups out there for right-wing conservatives. Trolls will be banned from the group without warning. It just has to be that way. We realize there are plenty of people here who aren't "Christian" or maybe aren't even "Liberal." We've talked to many of them. They are here because they enjoy the page. They aren't here to taunt us. People who come here to taunt us or talk down to us because they have all the right-wing answers (or for any other reason) will be banned. Sorry, we're not changing this policy. It's a flat out waste to time to debate with them. We have far bigger things to accomplish. As we've said before, if right-wingers want to have a polite discussion and ask questions, that's a whole different cup of tea. Frankly, we haven't met very many right-wingers like this. They usually know it all and are not open for discussion of any kind. We've seen what they've done to other pages like ours. They move in, take over, and the whole thing becomes a big mud fight of endless one-upsmanship and bickering. Then the name calling starts. Not going to happen here.
This policy applies to Concern Trolls as well. For more on trolls, please see: Troll (Internet). Concern Troll = "We're just concerned about the way you're running this page, and we think you need to X,Y,Z."
We're amazed at the sometimes persistent arrogance and belligerence of those who just want to argue or throw insults, instead of have a mutually respectful dialogue in which all parties are interested in learning something. However, as we said, trolls don't last long around here. We just boot you out the door, and no it's not for "disagreeing." Frankly it's for being like the kind of house guest who comes in, starts trashing the place, and pees on the floor. Like you wouldn't kick them out of your house pretty quick too? You bet you would.
Also, everyone, please, review our Code of Conduct if you haven't recently. We absolutely refuse to allow flame wars of any kind. We've seen them destroy online communities many times over the years. Hopefully you've read "What we're all about." It sums up quite well why we're here. We are NOT here to argue endlessly.
A page member of The Christian Left said it best -- "On any page or website that has a specific audience, there are always those who feel they must stir up strife. Some do it for sport and other do it because they feel they are duty bound to bring people around to their way of thinking. For the purposes of a group such as this, it's best to delete them rather than to engage with them." -- We will NOT be divided.
Lest anyone be paranoid about this policy, don't be. Good faith is easy to spot.
If you've been banned for causing problems that we don't need, please don't go get your friends and relatives to come and troll the page in objection. Their comments will be deleted and they will be banned as well. Thanks. ;>) If you've been banned and you honestly don't know why or you would like amnesty, please use our contact page on our website.
On that note, we're glad you're all here. Enjoy the page!
About TCL Blog
We’re not about Dogma here. We’re just Christians who think the political and Christian right-wing have their priorities wrong.
Charles Toy is the founding member of The Christian Left. We're sure you will enjoy his passion as well as his wit. Guest bloggers featured often.