Member Rara Avis
I apologize for the long delay in responding to this thread, but the truth is I wanted to give it time to percolate a bit. 'Cause I do have some concerns, many of which ya'll have already talked about a little.
First, let me correct a misconception on deleeme's part: the Poetry Buffet at the main site hasn't been shut down - we just ran out of disk space (and me out of time) from all the submissions. Now that we're on the new server updating the main site is one of my biggest priorities.
But that has nothing to do with this issue, 'cause we can absolutely have a Spiritual Forum (not sure I like that connotation any better than Religious) in addition to the Christianity section at the main site (and that's what it's called, not Religious). But, of course, there are potential complications.
The problem is, it's going to very very difficult to explore all religions and spiritual issues without stepping on toes. I can be perfectly respectful and not say a word against your beliefs - but by simply stating mine, should they be in direct conflict with yours, I have openly disagreed with you. Do we agree to simply disagree? Do we explore our differences? Or do we start calling each other heathen names?
I don't think these are just rhetorical questions or "details" of making the forum work, either. I'm going to very blunt and honest with you - I have a very serious problem being involved with or sponsoring poetry advocating the so-called Dark Religions. Yet, I have an equally serious problem with justifying why they shouldn't be allowed right beside poetry about Jesus, Allah, Mahavira, Buddha and others. See my problem? On the one hand I really want to practice the tolerance I believe in, but on the other I can't willingly support something I believe strongly against.
I think the "general" concept of a forum dedicated to spirituality is a darn good. I'm all for it. But any such gathering place without limitations of some kind seems like an open invitation to anarchy. And I guess I just don't have the wisdom (or guts) to decide what those limitations should be.
I'm open to suggestions, guys!