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    Question The Poster Formerly Known As God

    Okay, I've decided to say my piece about this recent turmoil about the "Poster Formerly Known As God." I'm not trying to offend anybody, but I think I have a different perspective than was aired on the previous thread (now locked in the Archives section) and I want to air it and also ask for clarification from the moderators.

    My father moved from Wisconsin to live with me (I'm in Seattle) 6 weeks ago, suffering from congestive heart failure. The doctors said that he could live for as long as 6 months, so that is what I had my heart set on. I loved him so much, and I loved taking care of him. But he died, suddenly, on December 21. The good things are; he died at home, and he died in my arms. And he died less than one hour after receiving Holy Communion in the home. The last thing he ate was communion wafer; the last thing he drank was communion wine. This is tremendously consoling to me.

    The reason that I'm sharing this with all of you is to say; I'm a religious person. God, and the concept of "God" are important to me.

    I didn't visit GS for a few days after my father's death, but when I did come back, one of the first threads I checked out had several posts by a new GS member who had chosen the username "God". And I laughed so hard! It really loosened something up in me; the incredible conceit of calling oneself God, and playing that role, struck me as utterly inspired. I found the posts in question, that offended a number of other members, to be playful, lighthearted and informed, with just the right dash of snarkiness. The thought that we at Golden Skate would have our own Higher Power was, to me, delightful! Not for one moment did I confuse the poster named "God" with the real thing.

    So I guess I just would like to know from the Administrators, why the decision was made to make this new member change his (her?) username. Were there many complaints? Did others have a chance to weigh in?

    Oh, and one more thing -- Bored and Lonely? WELCOME TO GOLDEN SKATE!!!
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    Why not

    change your name to Yahweh or Jehovah? Or even...Allah!

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    Speaking for myself, as one moderator, and forum curmudgeon, I found the username an eyebrow raiser but the acting out as implied by the writing to be a 'hoot'.

    However, it was sometime before PMs with complaints came in. I had expected them sooner. Instead, the discussion pro and con of the questionable name took on its own debate sans moderators. Finally, one legitimate complaint came in and action was taken.

    For anyone's information, none of the questionable username postings have been deleted, just the username has been changed. Whether it is Richard Backman or Stephen King, the writings are the same.

    Giseledepkat - My deepest sympathies go out to you on the death of your beloved father, and much praise to you for all your caring during the period of his illness.

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    Giseledepkat - I'm sorry for the loss of your father.

    There's a fine line between acceptable and unacceptable in this whole "God" case. As Christian I can see where it offended. I just chose to steer clear of the posts

    However every moderator looked at this situation carefully and I think we all made the right decision.

    Paula has a funny way of taking care of "troll names" if you ask me

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    Gisele........my heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved father.....I've been there......

    As to God now being Bored and Lonely...........a rose by any other name........ Welcome to GS..........42

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    Gisele, I am so sorry about the loss of your father. My prayers are with you. I am so glad you have the memories of his last days and were there for him.
    I hadn't said anything to anyone but I was really flabber-
    gasted to think that someone had the audacity to call themself God. After all, there are some things in the Bible about calling yourself God and it is a sin. (my opinion - and God's)

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    Re: Why not

    giseledepkat- my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. And how wonderful that he was able to recieve the sacraments before he passed. I too would have taken great comfort in that.

    That is really what I have been always taught about religion and God. That it is a deep, comforting connection between this world and the next. It is about joy and love and goodness. When I was in grade school, I went to a private catholic school, we were taught Bible passages as songs, I guess it was easier for little kids to remember. But they were always about peace and love, and kindness. Never about hate and intolerence. So that is what God is to me. Peace and love.

    It's sad to me know that it seems so many people's idea about God and religion is about hate and intolerence and judgement. Isn't there only one judge? What has happened that now the title "Christian" has come to be claimed by haters and bigots. I don't know, it is all so sad.



    Originally posted by thisthingcalledlove
    change your name to Yahweh or Jehovah? Or even...Allah!
    I somehow sense there wouldn't have been such an uproar.
    Last edited by CassidyL; 01-02-2004 at 08:57 AM.

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    My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your father.


    change your name to Yahweh or Jehovah?
    Those are other names for God.

    How about Baal or Dagon? That would be more like it.
    Last edited by Pookie; 01-02-2004 at 10:06 AM.

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    Isn't there only one judge? What has happened that now the title "Christian" has come to be claimed by haters and bigots. I don't know, it is all so sad.
    I have a good feeling if you knew just where I stood on religious principles that I no doubt would end up falling under that category. But then again I don't see how that's any different that the Moslum or Jewish faiths as they also have strict laws on divorce/sex/homosexuality.




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    change your name to Yahweh or Jehovah? Or even...Allah!
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    I somehow sense there wouldn't have been such an uproar.
    Actually I think there would have been. This board is not just about "one religion." We all have our own beliefs, and Paula and the mods understand that. We try and be as fair as possible.

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    Originally posted by Tonichelle
    This board is not just about "one religion."

    Oh, thank you. I guess that is where some of the confusion lies. I didn't realize this board was about any religion. I thought this board was about figure skating.

    My apologies.

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    Can we leave religion AND God out of it???

    I too am sorry for the loss of your father, giseledepkat. I have not yet felt the loss of a parent, and can't imagine how difficult that must be.

    This board is about Figure Skating (at least that's my impression) and NOT religion. Which is one of the reasons why I objected to posts by someone claiming the name of God, and writing AS God. That is offensive to some people, and has nothing to do with Figure Skating. Just like it would be offensive if someone bashed another poster, or a skater for being White, Black, Jewish, Muslim, Gay, Hispanic, Democratic, Republican, etc. and so forth. There are Figure Skating fans here who I am sure can identify (or not) with a very long list of other life things having nothing to do with Skating. Why should a Figure Skating forum contain anything that is grossly offensive to any group on a completely irrelevant topic?

    For those who are religious, here is why this was offensive to some people. (me included)

    blasphemy

    \Blas"phe*my\, n. [L. blasphemia, Gr. ?: cf. OF. blasphemie.] 1. An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity.

    Leviticus 24:16 - "and he who blasphemes the Name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certianly stone him; the stranger as well as he who was born in the land shall be put to death when he blashphemes the Name of the Lord."

    To reply to a post by someone calling themselves God, and speaking as though they ARE God with disagreement would be considered blasphemy by some people who are seriously religious. Why create that discomfort level for some percentage of the community when it's not a relevant topic here?

    I am satisfied with the solution of the name change to Bored and Lonely. I personally will have no problem interacting with that person since I will no longer need to address that individual as "God."

    I hope that is a fair compromise for everyone here, regardless of beliefs outside the Figure Skating realm.

    I thank the moderators for responding with what for me anyway, is a comfortable resolution to the issue.

    Respectfully,

    Doggygirl

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    Oh my goodness! (no pun intended) I just found out who this poster in question is. I am familiar with him from the MKF.

    He is soooo funny! I sure hope he continues to post. Oh, and why not go back to his original user name?

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    Originally posted by CassidyL
    Oh, thank you. I guess that is where some of the confusion lies. I didn't realize this board was about any religion. I thought this board was about figure skating.

    My apologies.
    that was my point.

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    (Toni, please correct me if I'm wrong.)

    I think what Toni meant was the board respects everyone's religions or lack of equally.

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    IMO if someone says they are offended they shouldn't have to defend that. Religion is very personal and interpreted differently by everyone. Just because those offended may be in the minority doesn't make what offended them any less offensive to them. We have not tried to force our beliefs on anyone. We just ask that what we believe not be ridiculed.

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    Thank you Piel!

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