I've been steering clear of these discussions, because, quite frankly, no good can come from them. However, I feel it is a little unfair to demand the closure of the thread because it appears to take an atheist standpoint, while there are enormous threads, which are allowed to run and run, which have been started from a viewpoint of the faithful. It's clearly double standards and unless every discussion on religion is closed (whatever happened to freedom of speech?) then this should be allowed to stay, IMO.
I discovered something interesting the other week - it is possible to have an Xbox Live motto "God Is Great", but you are not allowed "God Is Not Great". People should either be free to express their opinion without persecution or exclusion or not at all. I side with the former, no matter how annoying I personally find it.
Freedom of speech does not apply to VGChartz, their are strict policies that need to be followed as stated in our user agreements. I have been banned for saying far less offensive things and have been warned for trolling simply by creating a thread that had a negative view of Sony. I deserved that ban and those warnings because it was considered trolling and I did create problems.
Fact is I have not seen any threads that weren't closed, moderated heavily and such that were pro God and persecuted Athiests. Such threads are in bad taste and violate the user agreement. I have seen posts within threads that are sort of contriversial however they never call other users immature, you get banned for calling a user a n00b so calling all athiests or Christians or the user base of VGChartz immature is clearly over stepping the line.
If you see a thread that unfairly targets athiests, report it and post your opinion in the thread. If you read other responses you quickly see I am not alone in this conclusion. Even non-Christian's and non-God believing people know that this thread is unfair and a direct attack on the beliefs of many users.
As for X-Box live motto "God is Great" and "God is not great" both are opinions, but neither should be thread titles. They are offensive to those users who hold different views.
Again this isn't an issue of free speech, its an issue of violating VGChartz policies and acting unproffessional. I wouldn't be as offended if say another user created this thread. I'd still report it and post however the OP is a writer for VGChartz and this thread is a violation of VGChartz policies, its not proffesional or appropriate!
Ok, I hear what you're saying, but we're heading down a very serious and scary path here. I must confess I have not fully read the terms and conditions of VGChartz, however, by it's very nature a public forum attracts differences of opinion. I'm feeling some pretty severe over-sensitivity in this thread alone. Offense seems to be taken from some reletively inoffensive words. It's a disturbing development that has infected all parts of our society, so I guess I shouldn't by surprised to come across it on an internet forum, but, without trying to sound overdramatic, we're in the process of losing some of our most basic freedoms. I'm Scottish by the way, despite that Americanism.
I just wish people could learn to show a little more tolerance towards one another's thoughts, be a little less hostile, maybe even show some restraint.
Anyway, I'm already kicking myself for posting in the first place. I should have known better. So please don't reply to this, if you had any inclination to do so. :)