I'm back. I've been away from this site for about 18 months. I popped back to have a look last week and saw some new religious posting guidelines. What an excellent idea, I thought: They allow and encourage specific religious discussion in these forums. It's a vindication of many of the debates I've had here in the past, some of which were intensely interesting to me. I wonder what's been happening while I've been gone. I remember another atheist poster appearing with a similar, but more offensive username - and even more offensive tone. That's it - DeitySlapper? Any fond reminiscences?
I still note the religious regulars are still there. A sinister Christian conversation undercurrent still pervades some threads, despite the forum controls that ban banal topics and posts. So my duties as a rational responder will be used to check out threads that encourage blind faith, the occult, voo-doo - hoo-ha, etc. I'll be trying to present simple, clear, deductive, logical statements to justify my beliefs and lack of beliefs once more.
I also note the Atheism Union, under the excellent leadership of Domotron23, is underway. I had tried to create am Atheist Union here myself, and had fulfilled all the criteria laid out, (including paying subs and 4 paying officers) but a technical hitch kept the union in a permanent state of pending approval. At the time, GS didn't even acknowledge I had an issue. Moaning aside, its good to see an atheist union up and running now.
I don't think you are. However, to quote Theokhoth on another forum (which I unfortunately can't link to as I was banned) - "I'd bet my right foot that RA is D_L".
@Lansdowne5 - I feel slightly insulted at that, although I also do feel humbled to be mentioned by others. I don't suppose you'd give me some more detail about these "suspecting people" you "see", hmm? Any attempt to produce evidence of my innocence (like: I (as Diz360) created this alt account BEFORE Deity_Slapper created theirs, the preserved thread arguments in my posting history that I had with them over their insulting tone, the issue that they are banned, yet my account has never been suspended, my abandoning this forum while they still posted, etc.) would invariably be seen as the baseless quibbles of the guilty. So I'll leave you to think what you like. After all (especially in forums), who I am does not matter, its what I say that should carry the meaning.
@Lansdowne5 - I don't support what DS did - But if it did somehow add towards the action of the new "Religious posting guidelines", then some good may have come from it. It is difficult not to offend people, since people can take offence at a great many different things - especially in process of having their personal beliefs questioned. The right to cause offence is implicit with the right to free speech. Your right to say what you believe MUST supercede anyone's right to be offended by it. I'm not saying we have that here, since we all have to abide by reasonable forum rules. I'm also not saying that it pays to be purposefully offensive. I believe that I'm more considered than that, although I accept people will disagree. I do know that free speech is as much as responsibility as it is a freedom, and one that many abuse.
I would say Deity_Slapper is actually the most famous user to have posted on Gamespot, for all the wrong reasons. He was banned late last year -- but has since made over 12 different accounts, all for the purpose of trolling. He goes into threads, calls Christians (and other theists) all number of profane and vulgar names, harasses anyone and everyone, and inevitably within a matter of minutes is banned yet again.
Jeebers! I sure am glad to be back with a reception like that. Thanks guys. I look forward to getting my feet back under the table here.
Hello there! Good to see you back, not that I get involved in these debates, but still good to see you back in some form. :)
Welcome back. I just found the atheism union fairly recently as well. It is nice to have a place to talk about atheism/religion/philosophy in a respectful environment.