However, I can't speak for Zach, but in my opinion, considering it is now a discussion on various religious views, instead of what happened to "someone, " I see it as having been taken away from the original poster's intent, which I read as a sad situation for any individual to go through. The posting had no religious overtones nor did it ask for any. I also feel some very mature topics were touched on, and I too felt it should have been moved out of Open, but that is just my opinion.
Several points arise:
1 I agree the thread has inclined towards the philosophical, but that happens sometimes in the Alley. Does it really matter?
2 You think it should have been moved from Open (I assume you mean the Alley), I certainly hope no such thing happens or I will be unable to continue posting on it and Zach will be unable to read it. Hopefully if Ron, as mod of the Alley, feels it is getting too mature then he will give us the chance to edit appropriately.
3 You mention that it's been "taken away" from Zach's intent. This surprises me.
I seem to remember that on occasion Ron has pointed out that once a thread is started, especially a discussion thread the original poster accepts that to some extent he or she loses control, and the thread becomes "everybody's". Part of the fun of a discussion is that one explores the issue and the surrounding issues, and the discussion can often branch out into unexpected and fruitful areas.
4 You also mention that the thread is now discussing religious views which "it did not ask for".
Zach is a deep thinking young man and the very fact that he wrote:
"I'm just getting sick and tired of people. We're all different in our own ways. Can't we just celebrate our differences instead of treating others badly? Is there a chance for peace, love, and understanding? But to be honest I think that might never happen.."
indicates to me that he was thinking beyond just his own narrow experience that day to the whole issue of how homophobia of that ignorant nature arises. Like it or not religion is a major part of the discussion as to why "peace, love and understanding" doesn't always prevail where homosexuality is concerned.
The fact is Mysteria your comments came over to me as a thinly veiled criticism of the manner in which the thread had developed, and I am slightly hurt by that considering the hours and hours of effort Stephen and I have put into it. I do however entirely understand that some posters here, including yourself, may for one reason or another, not like to read long rambling debates and the way in which this sort of thread can shoot off into related avenues.
Zach posted a bit of a rant about a bad experience, and the sort of short pithy comment of support that SEA made was wonderful. But I really don't think that the way the thread has developed is any less wonderful. There are some of us here who like the cut and thrust of a good discussion, and I am hopeful that there is still room for us as well, without it being implied that our views weren't "asked for" and are therefore unwelcome.
Thanks for listening.