I have decided to finally make a post here after many years. A long time ago, more than ten years now, I championed the movement to create this section known as the "Faith and Religion" portion of the Survival Monkey to some emotional objection, after finding difficulty with members on this very topic. I will admit freely now, I was rather abrupt with my reasoning back then, but it comes as no surprise to find that I have grown and learned along the way. Nevertheless, my reasoning for wanting this section to exist was always sound; I wanted to set aside a place for those who are inclined to actually freely discuss the nature of their hearts without unnecessary rivalry. My mind is very orderly, or at least that's what I like to think. Whenever I am presented with a problem, I like to analyze every aspect of it and place its components or arguments in descending order from the most important to the least. I then have a clear line of focus and can arrange my thoughts based on the most pressing attributes of each component. For example, this forum has a structured means of organizing discussions. You can see this layout on the forum main page and navigate to your intended destination. We wouldn't place bushcraft as a sub-forum inside the survival marketplace forum heading, nor should we expect to find no religion section and expect a member to post religious content anywhere and everywhere. This would be chaos. This would be disorderly. This will not do. We have a wide variety of people who frequent these forums, some religious, many belong to different nations who vary in traditions and beliefs. Some members are not religious and prefer to keep religion out of every discussion so they can focus on the topic at hand. And, sometimes we have the random member who wants to spread the joy they have found with their religion to everybody and who may not understand the process of order and take into account a consideration for others. I would not jump into a thread which may be on the topic of electronics and spam messages about my favorite spaghetti recipe. We have a forum for recipes, it belongs there. Likewise, a religious topic or a religious post belongs here in the F&R forum of the Survival Monkey. The angry atheists do not have a solid reason to even be here (in the Faith and Religious area) unless it is to be encouraging or supportive, or at the very least, respectfully argumentative. My advice to any religious member is to "rejoice" in knowing that you are supported and welcomed here. This does not mean you should take every opportunity to promote (proselytize) your religious convictions and faith in other areas of the Survival Monkey forum, however. One might argue that the religious are being wrongly treated, cast aside and closed off here. I would like to point out a very important reason in an attempt to invalidate that claim. Take a good look at any diverse forum and find one with friendly discourse on the subject of religion when it is not orderly. You either get free and open religious discussions thrown in at random with heavy moderation and plenty of punishments to deal out to the member base, or you get utter chaos and rude, useless banter. In both cases, it's the member base which suffers the most. In rare instances, if the staff are predominantly religious, you will find a heavy bias and a very unfair treatment of members who are not of the same mind. You will see fewer new members join, and a steady decline in active posters. Only the trolls and the strongest-willed staff will remain. I have visited forums and posted where it was not allowed, unbeknownst to me at the time, and felt the sting of a moderator's wrath. I have dared to question a fanatical conclusion and premise --and was immediately banned because of it. Thankfully, this forum is not like any of those places. On the topic of religion itself, it's yours to freely experience within this Faith and Religion forum. Your post is guaranteed to be seen by every subscriber, every member who visits here, and it will have the highest likelihood of receiving positive feedback. As a member of the staff, I proudly take it to hold some responsibility in maintaining the civility and prosperity of this objective. In case any members may be having difficulty reading between the lines or catching on to my sometimes subtle rhetoric --please do not break this sound tradition we have here. Your voice is always heard, especially those who hold the will to venture here.