Hi guys and gals. I'm sorry I was unable to express my thoughts on several posts earlier. The posts include #1050,1064,1069, and 1077. These posts where in response to my only 2 posts in this thread. (271 and 288) As was the case earlier when I wrote my 2 posts I have read every one of the 1169 postings. It has been very interesting to say the least.
First let me say, this is a very unusual thread. By its very nature it brings up emotions and personal beliefs. In posts 1064, and 1069 I was told that religion has nothing to do with this topic and to stop pushing my religion on this group. Let me respond by saying that to the best of my memory I have never made statements like this before on pinside. It is only the special nature of this topic that motivated me to do so. The majority of the thought expressed by the 336 pinsiders participating in this thread have come from their own personal beliefs. It would be impossible for me to express myself without basing my thoughts on my faith. Everyone has a faith (religion). It may be in themself but its still a faith (religion). If the faith is in their own judgement that's how they come to the conclusion they do. If the faith (religion) is in a higher power that how they come to a conclusion.
It was stated that "I was pushing my religion". If it came across that way I am sorry. My intent was to encourage compassion for all involved. And yes that includes John, but it also include the 336 pinsiders reading these threads.
Its hard to talk about a topic that is based in a sin without talking in terms of faith. Sin by definition is rebellion again's God.
OK a couple of last items. I want to thank Swampfire for his support. This took courage based on so many of the responses. (1050). I want to say the Medisinyl post (1064) was very clear and insightful. Thank You.
One last thing. I want to say that I respect every position taken and every person on pinside. I just reviewed the pinside rules on religion and I understand why they are included. I promise not to express any further faith (religious) comment for the rest of this thread. I think we would all love it if we never see another topic like this on pinside. My hope is that the moderators will let this post slide if it violated pinside policy. I tried to walk a fine line. Not pushing anything, only defining and clarifying.
Now back to are regularly scheduled programing. Oh no zombies See I do have a sense of humor.