TSF and other forums
After I announced The Scientology Forum, the initiative has raised discussions on other discussion boards.
In the polarized world of Scientology, there are two major camps; The Church of Scientology, admitting nothing wrong, pretending perfection and the rabid critics chanting “it’s all fake, it’s all wrong!”, itching to start the book burning. Both camps are sounding like a broken record.
There have been those saying that the new forum is bad because it will be moderated and especially because I will not allow discussions of upper level confidential material. Some have questioned my belief in free speech.
This should make it clear: TSF needs to be safe for Scientologists to participate in civilized discussions on Scientology. That is part of its purpose. I will in no way limit anyone’s right to go elsewhere and shout and scream whatever they feel like. But not on my forum. I believe in free speech. But free speech has its common sense limits. I would not advocate another’s right to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. And I would stop an asshole from saying certain things to my kids. Civilization requires civilized citizens. Critics with a Broken Record syndrome will find more suitable forums to frolic.
There is no need for TSF to end up as a competitor to the other forums and boards out there. Currently there are few places safe for Scientologists to discuss their beliefs, the tech, the church and the future without bumping into confidential material or getting chopped and ridiculed by an ass clown.
As for the main purposes of the new forum; commenters here wants a better solution for discussions than WordPress, and I want more time for my family. A match made in heaven.
The contributors to this blog have behaved amazingly civilized. I would love to have all of you participating on TSF. If the forum gets a life of it’s own, I will start blogging my discussion topics over there and leave my pure information articles here. Or something. We’ll see 🙂