||[Sep. 27th, 2006|10:01 am]
I want to say, I'm grateful for the hearing most of you have given here. As some of you have noticed, I've been pretty permissive concerning what has been posted here even when the content has been more disparaging of me as a person than of the topic under discussion. However, as abuse gave way to even more abuse, gratuitous attempts at harrassment eventually led to my receiving e-mail threats against me, and that's just where I have to draw the line. I don't for a moment think this is any reflection of the GLBT community or its supporters as a whole, but I do regret that the irresponsible actions of a few have incited near criminal action, and they've been reported to Livejournal staff.|
Before I continue, I want to make clear first of all that neither I, nor this LJ community, have ever received formal endorsement from Exodus Youth to represent their organization or the "Allies, Too" campaign; these are the efforts of but one individual seeking to encourage more ordinary people -- Christians -- who strongly feel it is wrong to harass students in classrooms by way of malicious intimidation or physical trauma, to speak out in agreement on that matter. "Allies, Too" gives them a venue to do just that. Insofar as visitors to this community agree with that goal, we stand in solidarity on that matter. Nonetheless I did contact Exodus Youth since graphics and text belonging to their campaign have been used.
As a result of that contact and the conduct I've seen here, I'm going to have to implement stricter control on who and what is published here. Censorship is not a word I like to use, but when irresponsible communication among debaters seek to distort the main points in any discussion, the effect carries a form of censorship all its own, and that's not fair to people who prefer to sustain meaningful dialogue on what is already an emotionally charged issue.
All future posts will continue to be moderated, and comments will be screened to ensure participants carry their points in a composure worthy of the topic they're trying to put forward. Membership and posting access will likewise be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but please note the main purpose of this community will now be enforced more stringently: to provide a way for (and extend an invitation to) Christians to voice their solid agreement that all students are to be given the God-given respect deserving of people of intrinsic dignity and worth. These measures may seem much too stringent to some, but none can say that we haven't tried the open community route. Maybe someday it may return to that state, but I don't foresee that happening in the near-future...