The Rules of Engagement
Here are the rules of the blog concerning reader comments. And, for the record, I’ve basically lifted — with some adaptations — the excellent comments policy that the Women in Theology authors use for their blog.
At DatingGod.org, I believe that robust theological reflection is characterized by collaboration and dialogue. I am committed to creating a safe space for discussions that are open, challenging and respectful.
Disagreement is a necessary and fruitful part of this process. It is most productive when all parties agree to assume good faith. The people who post on this blog, and people who comment on it, do so in order to seek greater understanding and contribute positively to theological, spiritual, cultural and political reflection. Each party will assume that any response to her work has this positive goal in mind, even if it takes the form of a negative critique. In order to preserve the possibility of this assumption, any negative critiques should be directed to particular claims and, where possible, cite directly from the text in question. No ad hominem arguments will be accepted.
Policy on Discrimination
Comments submitted with overtly discriminatory or prejudiced language will be promptly removed. While it is understood that ecclesial and political discussion might necessarily engender heated debate — a welcome dimension of this blog — the author(s) of this blog will not tolerate inappropriate remarks rooted in intolerance of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nation of origin or any other category of this sort.
Screening of All Comments
It is the policy of DatingGod.org to automatically screen comments for approval prior to their publication. In order to maintain this safe space, comments on this blog are approved by the author before they are posted. You may direct questions or concerns about this policy to Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM for further clarification.
Prior to August 2012 it was the policy of DatingGod.org to automatically screen the first comment of a new commenter and then permit the automatic commenting capability for subsequent posts. However, the policy at DatingGod.org has since been revised to require prior approval of all comments. In the spirit of the blog’s mission, opposing views will be most welcome and approved for viewing. We are more committed, though, to maintaining a respectful dialogue and atmosphere of discussion, so what might have passed before will not necessarily suffice in terms of language, tone, and attitude. Anonymous posters, particularly within contentious fora, are not welcome — please include your first and last names. Please feel free to raise challenges and offer critiques, but do so in a respectful, dignified, and polite manner!
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