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Jill Mytton I find blocking childish but I suppose Facebook has to have this facility so that one can block trolls. I would rather unfriend someone than block.
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I tend to agree with Jill.

And i also watch and wonder how many? would honestly believe the “claim”,  that they actively run their group “not as a platform for debating religious opinions” (or do they just “very faithfully” convince themselves to accept this must be happening perhaps. Almost as if it is just like “an extension” of what church-life is also like)

The idea that people would be expected to keep their faith beliefs to themselves (so as to not offend anyone)

This is idea seem a little amusing. As it kinda remind me (a little) of brethren type groups too, who might also be inclined to lay claim “well we run a Christian church here, not a cult”

And likewise (in both cases) there will be very few existing among them who  dare to question these things. Fear can tend to have that effect on people’s lives within groups. Especially fear of being cast-out and disowned

A person has only need to (quietly) read along (like ive been doing) , to soon tell that this group is indeed still been “running as a platform for religious opinions” of sorts. Even though it obviously still cannot ever be considered as any real kind of debate. As debates will also need to allow some freedom of alternative opinion as well, or otherwise it will only ever amount to indoctrination

Both groups prefer to run their own “religious echo chamber’s”. So it seem. Why? so, i don’t fully understand. It’s not something that i’d feel inclined to be so proud of being involved with

While it remain correct to say they wont allow “debate”. Even so the group still does indeed remain as a platform for religious opinion though.Religious bigotry. Just that any kind of debate of “alternative opinions” that may be judged to fall outside the ruling MOG of each group, is being banned,while meanwhile religious folk there are still freely allowed to be constantly posting plenty of their own religious opinions . Its just that non believers are being banned from right to question or debate on these religious issues

So obviously there is no debate that could ever be claimed to be actually happening there on these groups. When these groups are also obviously being run as echo chamber’s that will only ever allow the “one sided opinions” to be posted

I sometimes wonder, how ? many Christians there are who would ever care to just stop a few moment to honestly consider the alternative situation “of others”. Stop and consider and contemplate what it might feel like to be an atheist, someone on their group who is expected to sit in silence while constantly being blasted with “other people’s religious opinions” . Opinion’s such as “God exist and never lets anyone down” Or “God heals” perhaps. And so on .

If this were to happen to them, many would soon enough be heard bleating-on about “persecution”. Soon be heard bleating about how religious freedom amounted to no more than bullshit . Negative freedom of religion ( ie freedom that only exist so long as the luck of the draw (situation)will allow for it. The so called freedom that in all reality more often than not comes down to fate of birth and as such will need to depend on what your parents faith is/was )

I’d hazard to guess, that perhaps?  the “consideration” that an atheist might also even “feel” somewhat offended “sometimes now and then”, by what some-other people’s faith-opinion are about, may not have occurred (IE:they just didn’t ever even think to “bother” to think that much about that).Funny that.And this situation coming from among groups of folk also almost claiming to be acting like “the ushers” of “the guiding light” of morality within this world

While folk continue to refuse to allow honest religious freedom, i (my ” ownopinion”) still feel like it follows that they also do not actually deserve to ever be able to have a truly decent relationships with their own exclusive brethren family either

Because they also still continue to take part in actively helping promote this aspect of religious tyranny that has been unwittingly propagated worldwide. It is this kind of tyranny which in turn in the long run had then in effect also ended up helping pave the pathway for division within Brethren groups to become more likely to occur

What i most enjoy about atheist orientated groups, is experiencing how they do seem “more inclined” to want to allow people (sometimes even demanding it be able to be so) with alternative opinion to still be able to take an active part in the ongoing discussions


About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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