Your original post here upset me deeply. I had intended to only leave my first brief response but am compelled to reply further now that I am of a calmer mind set.
First of all, I in no way implied your post was Satanic or "not" Satanic in any way. That your poem reminds me of hell had no bearing on my reply to it. I believe in heaven and hell and have no problem reading poetry about either. I, personally, have posted many poems in Dark and Prose about hell and demons and the like...they are very real to me. I started the "Dark Forum" much for this very reason, do not feel alone in thinking darker things are prevailent in your life.
That I said the poem didn't fall into the realms of faith, love, and spiritual growth, is a statemnet I still stand by...but then I am entitled to my opinion, am I not? I did not see this poem as "Anti-Christ" as you say but I did see it as anti faith. (My Webster's lists in all definitions faith to be "Unquestionable" in belief and/or trust.) Your poem title even had a question mark, didn't it? You, yourself, claim to be athiest so how can you claim this is a faith poem when heaven and hell are not believed in by athiest? I, personally, have read this many times now and still see no love or spiritual growth here either. Again, that is only my opinion. Funny, I have referred many post in Dark to the Adult Forum or even Open, I have referred poems in Open to the Spirital or Dark and always have done this solely to direct a poem to the Forum where it would probably be best recieved, but this is the first time I have ever been called a bigot for doing so.
That being said, I take grave offense at you telling me what I hate, what I do or do not want to admit or what I do or do not believe. I am more than capable of speaking my opinion and more than willing to do so. I also take offense to the implication of bigotry, here. I am as objectionable a person as you will find here. I could have deleted your post or locked it, but I didn't, did I? That you could jump to such a conclusion over a simple suggestion leads me to believe you just wanted trouble to begin with and when you didn't get it, you decided to make some yourself.
I AM MAN enough to stand up for what I believe in. I believe you owe Ron and I apologies for personal insults and for drumming up this totally un called for thread at our expense. So you can either apologize or let your next lie be born of that truth. I have no more to say.
[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 11-15-1999).]