The Comments Policy

As I’m starting to generate some significant traffic here at Southern Reformation, it’s only a matter of time before someone starts leaving snarky comments on some of the posts. That being the case, I thought that it would be a good idea to post some ground rules for commenting on my blog.

  1. Be polite.
  2. If you can’t be polite, at bare minimum be respectful. Believe me, I can take snarky comments, but if you cross the line into disrespect, you’ll only get one warning. After that, you get the boot.
  3. Disagree strongly, if you so desire! I’m not a tyrant who wants to shut down strong disagreement. However, keep it above the belt.
  4. No name calling
  5. No ad hominem argumentation.
  6. While I freely admit that I have a bit of grammar Nazi in me, bad grammar won’t keep your comment from being posted. On the other hand, please at least aim for your thoughts to be comprehensible, and attempt to use some sort of punctuation.
  7. Ask yourself before posting, “Is this kind, helpful, or necessary?” If it’s not, hold your tongue.
  8. Those who aren’t Christians or have been through the wringer (thanks to issues like tyrannical pastors, spiritual abuse, and sexual abuse) are going to have these policies applied to them with much less rigor. In other words, for the most part, they can say whatever they like. Yes, I know that’s not fair. Get over it.
  9. I’m a former soldier, so I understand the desire to use a well-placed expletive. I’ve been known to use a few on occasion. Nevertheless, foul language won’t be tolerated in the comments area. And I get to decide what constitutes “foul.”
  10. If you self identify as a heretic, or belong to a heretical organization (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians, Christian Scientists, etc.), only one comment will be posted, after which you will urged to repent and trust in Christ. After your one comment, you get nothing.

Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “The Comments Policy

  1. Pingback: “The Comments Policy” Has Been Updated | Southern Reformation

  2. … “that begin the case…” might want to fix that. And as an atheist (God forbid) I guess this is my only comment. Praise all who let people live their own lives.

    • Ken,

      Thank you for pointing out the error above; I’ve fixed it now. I’ve not prohibited, nor asked that atheists not comment here. In fact, I have more respect for the honest atheist who says, “I don’t believe in God” than I do for the heretic or liberal Christian who attempts to force the Bible to say something it clearly doesn’t say. You’re more than welcome to comment here, as long as you keep it above the belt.

      Regards,

      Ben.

"I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve." (Romans 16:17-18) Please read "The Comments Policy."

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