This is just a gentle reminder about language in comments regarding lawsuits and ministries.
1. Please use the word *alleged* when referring to anything within a given lawsuit.
2. Please try to keep rough language, as much as possible, to a minimum. However, we do understand that people get angry or frustrated and will try to accommodate and understand. Also, we know that some people do not express themselves in the same way that we do and we do not wish to be judgmental therefore, we will often let language slide.
3. Please be careful how you express a desire that a ministry might go out of business because they have done something you consider evil, bad, etc. Unscrupulous detractors might try to say that this is a threatening comment. Prestonwood Baptist Church's claimed that a former attendee's use of the word, "target," meant that he was a possible violent person and contacted the police. He did not mean it to be interpreted in such a way. We know that this is not what our readers mean but we have to be aware that this blog is now being read on a wider level and people are getting a bit irritated with us.
1. It is appropriate to say that you believe one side or the other. For example, TWW is biased toward the side of victims just as other blogs, etc. are biased in favor of pastors or church leaders. We, at least, are willing to admit it.
2. You can say something that you believe to be true but you cannot say something that you know is not true. So, you can say that you believe that a certain ministry leader did not do enough to protect children, but you cannot accuse him of being a molester unless you have evidence.
3. There are some things that people can say within certain situations. For example, we do know, for sure, that there are victims of child sexual abuse within SGM because those predators were tried and convicted. But, the issues surrounding whether or not SGM discouraged families from going to the police are *alleged.*
4. This blog attracts, and intends to attract, people from all backgrounds, including nonbelievers and those of other faiths. This is a blog that looks at the Christian faith and welcomes those who see things, and express things, very differently.
If we see a comment that does not use the word alleged, and we think it should, we will add it along with a notation (ed.). We may also do this with explicit language, deleting a word and putting **** in its place. We might even delete a comment but will note that we did so. If this is offensive to you, please contact us. We will be happy to figure out a way to work it out.