Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:
On Christianity Stack Exchange, however...
In the last 24 hours, the following statements have been made with respect to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or their beliefs:
“This is simply a distraction”
“how can we have a coherent conversation when you introduce things that Smith said”
“ I know I'm getting "preachy" but it's necessary. Like I said before, I've been dealing with Lds for over 58 years. I know how you think”
“Obviously you do not know what "circular reasoning" is in logic”
“Please do not waste your time and mine”
“Smith's randomly evolving theologies”
Spiritual experiences were described as “emotional confirmations” and the theology was described as “delusional fantasies”
The full statement: “no one has any actual reasons to regard Mormonism as anything more than the delusional fantasies of ONE man.”
“no other organization calling themselves Christian considers Mormon theology to be most certainly not Christian [sic]”
“I'm not going to attempt a complete list of the ways LDS doctorine [sic] differs from Christian doctrine”
“Does any of the LDS extra-biblical holy books assert anything that is in direct, clear contradiction to what the Bible asserts? Oh, boy, do they ever!”
And several more that I didn't capture before they were (appropriately) deleted. Most of the statements listed above are still on the site, as are multiple recent questions (e.g. this one) written so broadly to call for any and all criticism of Latter-day Saints. The atypical enthusiasm with which these questions and their answers have been upvoted make it clear that this is what the community wants.
I appreciate this comment by a non-LDS member of the site, after observing some of the above:
I might be mistaken, but I was under the impression that this stackexchange was for analytical, somewhat-academic, at-least-attempting-to-be-unbiased conversations about Christianity.
Latter-day Saints are outnumbered on this site (by my recent estimate) just shy of 100 to 1. There are currently highly-voted answers on questions about Latter-day Saints citing claims that have been thoroughly rejected by subject-matter experts, but are presented--on an ostensibly academic site--in full absence of this evidence. It will not be possible to provide useful, community-vetted, accurate research, if the community upvotes what it wants to hear without regard for academic integrity. There is no possibility of even-handed discussion if this is the way the site dogpiles a minority view.
Jesus also taught:
Ye shall know them by their fruits
- Are these the fruits of Christianity Stack Exchange?
- If we, as a community, lack the self-discipline to discuss "why does A disagree with B" questions, is it time for new rules with respect to those questions?