Whoa, I guess I have been missing a few things here!
Considering this thread began because Samten wrote an article on "Tolerating Intolerance" - and learning how to become more tolerant of others, it seems like the whole thing has gone downhill! And it has turned into a major Christian vs. non-Christian battlefield.
Dave, Trish, and I are all Christians - and yes we do refer to each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, because we consider God as our Father (no jokes about incestuous behavior w/ Adam and Eve, I have already addressed this in another post). But we are human, too and make mistakes. For example Dave and I do not see eye to eye on everything - he thinks I'm too laid-back, and I feel he's too aggressive, but we deal with each other about that. And many of you have seen when I have spoken with Dave when I thought comments were out of line.
On the other hand, I am not going to sit back and let someone else come in and start bashing on Dave just because he and I had had a few disagreements - that would not be fair. Intelligent debates are one thing - go for it, even the ones that get heated- I'm going to stay out of those. But here lately it has been turning into simply mud-slinging on both sides.
And as for Trish (babyquacker) - I can't remember a time when she has ever insulted anyone! I truly felt what was said to her was uncalled for.
I really struggled with saying anything, because I very much respect you Freespirit (and I know that last comment was at you), and I don't want to alienate you. I find your arguments intelligent not only here but in other areas as well. (Although I am curious as to what "sic" stands for?). So I apologize if I'm coming off as the school-marm.
But I think everyone needs to step back and cool off - on both sides of this (and all other religious) debates. Because as of right now we are not really accomplishing anything, not even good conversation. All we are doing is having fights! <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />