They'll hate this. Will they ban me from submitting anything further to OpEdNews because of this post? It's their mundane prerogative. I certainly won't submit articles unless or until I'm told the policy has changed to allow me to speak freely in a way that respects honesty. I will confine myself to submitting comments if that.
I read OpEdNews in stretches with gaps. I read plenty of different sites from one end of each false spectrum to the other.
Now, OpEdNews is a niche. It wants to be big. It wants to be edgy "progressive" (their definition) while being just mainstream enough to gain big traffic and advertising revenue. I don't want to compromise to become mainstream. I'm here to change the mainstream — save the world.
I've seen a wide range of opinion on OpEdNews but mostly "progressive" and "libertarian" (their definition, not the so-called progressives').
Neocons are allowed rarely but only for the sake of allowing OpEdNews readers to comment against them. So-called Christians are allowed, but I have yet to see any that aren't for homosexual marriage (an oxymoron). It's a litmus test fudged by word choice, as you'll see below.
Well, I was finally moved to submit comments there and then articles. As of the date of this post, I have submitted 3 Articles, 47 Comments, and 3 Diaries. The last submission (an article and my best submission), however, was rejected. That submission was for a cross-post of the article on this site entitled, "RICK WARREN'S DECEMBER 22, 2008, SOUTHERN BAPTIST SADDLEBACK CHURCH VIDEO MESSAGE MISLED AND MISLEADING."
The entire reason given for the rejection was that there "is much about this piece that is patently offensive" and "it doesn't make sense."
Of course, it's OpEdNews' prerogative to reject whatever it wants.
So you see, even though OpEdNews thinks it's promoting free speech and allowing the free exercise of religion and informed democracy, it can't see that it is doing exactly what it's opposition does from the other direction that is censor ideas with which it doesn't agree.
You may think I'm being hypocritical here in that I don't allow anyone to just publish opposing views endlessly. No, I'm applying the same standard and more. I allow comments but for the sake of debate that is over once the opposition has nothing new to add or refuses to respond. OpEdNews isn't holding up that standard of the Real Liberal Christian Church.
What we have in the United States are two poles talking at each other, passed each other, while ignoring everyone else. That's why, among other reasons, things are so bad and getting worse still.
I don't side with or against OpEdNews any more than I do with any of its perceived opposition.
It's just amazing though that what I wrote is "patently offensive" while OpEdNews can host numerous articles that support, and even promote, male-to-male anal intercourse, as if that act is not patently offensive to anyone or to many who have stated, rational reasons for that emotional reaction. I linked to those reasons in my post.
It's obvious to me that OpEdNews, which contains plenty of what is considered by many to be foul, offensive language and concepts, is censoring where they claim not to be. (They do claim it.) I'm not saying here that I would have them exercise no discretion concerning the sensibilities of others. I'm saying that they are exercising an arbitrary double standard probably without cognition most of the time.
I used the term "bugger" in the article. It came up as offensive in the OpEdNews filter. It told me I could still use it. "Bugger" is in the Geneva Bible, which predates the King James and was the most popular Protestant Bible up to that time. Bugger means sodomite. Had I used sodomite, would that have been less offensive? What is the non-offensive "acceptable" term for those who practice the offensive act of homosexual anal intercourse? To bugger someone is to engage in anal intercourse — sodomy (although sodomy also connotes bestiality that is copulation with animals and also male to female anal intercourse). So, I don't know what better term applies if any.
Why is bugger offensive to a homosexual? Is queer offensive? What was that TV show, "Queer as Folk" I believe was the name? I don't watch TV, so I'm very dated in terms of what is on TV — what is allowed. What is offensive about the act to those who engage in it? What kind of word game is being played here by the homosexuals and that editor at OpEdNews?
The term bugger was deemed offensive by heterosexuals when it was used against heterosexuals. How dare you call me a bugger (a homo...) was the attitude of the heterosexuals. That's where offensiveness came in. How it has been twisted! It was a shame to the homosexuals to be caught in the act and labeled "buggers," which they were.
My position is that OpEdNews should have allowed the article as is and allowed OpEdNews readers to leave moderated comments.
The fact is that the particular editor who rejected the article exhibited intellectual dishonesty in doing so.
It is my position that that editor was rather fearful not of offending anyone but rather of the strength of my position. He or she did not want the clear, plain, convincing arguments about the harmfulness of homosexuality being put in front of OpEdNews readers ("Homosexuals: What they ignore"), because doing so would have seriously weakened the wholly deceptive perception management built up by the homosexuals over the last several decades.
It was cowardly and indicative.
The rejection offered no information concerning any appeal beyond contacting that same editor, who didn't understand the article or at least claimed not to understand it. Frankly, if he or she didn't understand it, if it made no sense, what business does he or she have being at the level of editor?
Well, I submitted comments and articles at OpEdNews to reach out with unvarnished Christianity. It was rejected. I will not submit pablum to satisfy the offensive homosexual's sensibilities. Doing so would be lying.
I used the term vomit, stating that I find the homosexual act more offensive than vomit. What am I supposed to do, not tell the truth? Am I to remain silent while humanity goes down the tubes? No, that's not what Jesus calls anyone to do. He calls upon souls to speak out and up, to make stark the contrast so that the worthy will hear and see and choose wisely. The message has not been heard the world over yet. Until it has been, Christians are to continue speaking and doing to find the lost souls to gain (save) their brothers and sisters in truth.
If the homosexuals and their condoners find that offensive, they will go to their god or lack thereof and I will go to my God.
I do not condone homosexuality. I bind Satan. I don't loose him.
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