Reposted with permission.In a PM to me, James Simmons wrote:"Only Former Christians can post in this discussion. Anyone may request membership in this group provided that they are not currently a member of the Christian or Catholic or any other explicitly Christian group.
Please remember a few things. This is a discussion subforum not a debate forum. As with other discussion subforums, the normal debating rules (evidence, logic etc.) do not apply. However, the rules about being civil and respectful do apply here. While the Christians and others may not post in this discussion subforum, they are allowed to read the posts here. So do not say anything inflammatory, disrespectful or uncivil."
Inflammatory? Disrespectful? Uncivil?
The title of your forum is all of those things. Do you not see that implying that former Christians are in darkness is a very unfair thing to say? Were it not for this strong evidence of bias on your part perhaps more would join in. You use of the term "darkness" in this context plainly decrees that, in all of the world, only Christianity is the correct religion. Really can't you see how this statement hurts others who are sincere in their love of God but who want nothing to do with religions? There are many of us in the world.
In reply, I wrote:Let me run this by the group and see if any of them find the sub-forum title offensive. I, myself as a former-Christian, chose the name more for its humor and irony. Many of the Christians perceive that we apostates, who have known some form of Christianity and have rejected it, are worse off than even those who have never known it. The name is a kind of a way of us acknowledging that we know that is how the Christian see us but we thumb our noses at them anyway. Perhaps it is disrespectful to the Christians, but not so much to ourselves.
After all, no one chooses error. No one would choose to go against a god such as the Christians believe in. Yet some of them continue to preach and teach that this is what we have done. So it is not intended so much to say that Christianity is the only correct religion, clearly we do not believe that, but that they believe that they are the only correct religion and that to them, we are heading to the outer darkness, if we are not already there.
There is kind of a parallel in the Australians saying that they are from Down Under. Certainly they do not perceive themselves as being under or even down. But from the point of view of the egocentric residents of the Northern Hemisphere, that is where they are.