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Interfaith Dialogue Forum Guidelines

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Welcome to the Interfaith Dialogue Forum! The Interfaith Dialogue Forum is a place where members of all ideologies and creeds may discuss issues of comparative religion.

In order to foster a respectful, cooperative atmosphere in this forum, here are some new guidelines:

1. CONSTRUCTIVE DISAGREEMENT and INTELLECTUAL DEBATE are welcomed. However, NO ARGUING OR PERSONAL ATTACKS.

* Posts which appear to "bait" members into an argument or are otherwise inflammatory will be deleted.

* As on the rest of the site, personal attacks are strictly prohibited. No insulting or name-calling.

2. WORLD RELIGIONS, HOLY BOOKS, HOLY SITES, AND HOLY PERSONAGES MAY NOT BE REFERRED TO IN DISRESPECTFUL TERMS.

* Members may disagree with the contents of these books or teachings of these individuals.

* However, members may not discuss sacred books or personalities in a disrespectful manner that would anger members of that religion.

* Members may not propagate false stereotypes or misinformation about a religion. For instance, members may not refer to Islam as a terrorist religion.

* Members may not insult other religions. For instance, don't say anything about Christianity or Christians that you would not say in a church, and don't say anything about Islam or Muslims that you would not say in a mosque.

3. MEMBERS MAY NOT JOIN THE DIALOGUE FORUM FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROSELYTIZING.

* Members may explain why they feel certain religious beliefs are correct.

* However, members who are seen to be engaging only in proselytizing (one-way dialogue) and who do not appear to be interested in discussion (two-way dialogue) will be requested to leave.

4. MEMBERS MAY NOT USE THE INTERFAITH FORUM TO CARRY OUT RELIGIOUS DEBATES THAT DO NOT PERTAIN TO ISLAM.

* For instance, members may not use the interfaith forum to debate Judaism vs. Christianity, or Catholicism vs. Protestantism. Other message boards are more appropriate for those debates.

The moderators reserve the absolute right to edit or delete any posts which do not conform to these guidelines as well as to engage in other moderating activities. Additionally, they reserve the right to warn, suspend, or ban members who violate these guidelines as described in the ShiaChat rules. Members who feel they have been treated unfairly may PM another moderator or administrator to request a review of their case. Otherwise, all decisions are final.

Members are also expected to adhere to all of the site guidelines as described in the ShiaChat rules. Please note that these rules also apply to PM as per ShiaChat rules. Members who disrespect other members (including moderators) through PM or who do not follow these guidelines may receive a warning, suspension, or ban.

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