To address the many things brought up...
Eerie, thanks so much for your kind words, and I totally understand you didn't mean to shut down the conversation in a hurtful way. Hakuna Matata! Not leaving because of you by any means, you are sweet and awesome. I'm hoping you can understand even if just a little, that when someone in a discussion says there's no need to continue, since it takes two to tango, it also takes both to agree that the conversation should end, not just one side. Works like this in marriage situations too, lol, as we are also marriage coaches, speakers and authors.
But my issue now is with a few mods and those who are not really being respectful - and I realize that the defense flags popup, lol, but so be it.
Anytime a mod publicly "agrees" with any side, that recuses them from being a neutral party. Period. Think of Spock in Star Trek as he was "emotionally compromised" and with maturity dismissed himself knowing he could not, or would not, be unbiased or fair in his decisions afterwards. Simple stuff. Feel free to debate as much as you'd like, but it doesn't change that fact. Mods do not take sides. There were multiple times a public "I agree" with certain people.
Mods are more like referees keeping the players playing within the rules, etc. What would you think of a Ref who clapped and rejoiced when an opposing team scored? You'd kindly ask that ref be excused from duty, as it gives a very public appearance of siding and non-neutral favoritism. Period. That's the real world.
Appreciate the "sirs" from certain people, but in all honesty, I'll be as simplistic as possible...
1) 2 moderators "agreed" with one particular side. Fact. That is not the job of a moderator. Mods MUST maintain "neutral" status. Basic. No apologies, humble admittance, nada.
2) For those who basically "accused" us of exiting a situation in order to shut down the conversation ourselves are not only incorrect and out of context, but seems very disrespectful. I hope you would take a few minutes to pray about the why's on that, the spirit and motive for such accusations. I would think if someone asks to recuse themselves from a heated situation because of some things that they feel were unfair or any reason, we as Christians would reach out to help, to inspire, to encourage, to empower - not, as some have done, blast, accuse or assume motives. Hmm. SMH.
3) Jacob, I don't doubt that you "wear your mod hat with pride." Good deal. But that has nothing to do with understanding what you may do or say. She did shut it down - whether a day, hour, minute or permanently. For you to say she did not - well, that is simply not true. Pretty simple.
Honestly, it seems peeps are having a hard time in a basic Christian tenant - humility.
Unfortunately, this is proving my point more and more.
Some has naively and inaccurately said that they "refused our control" - (wha??) incorrectly and immaturely interjecting that we are somehow controlling the conversation. Wow. Firstly, we're not that powerful. lol. But honestly, not sure where you're getting that lol. No one controls you - but you. Not even God, even HE respects your decisions and does not "override" your own choices. So to accuse me/us of "controlling"? Really?
No one should force, push or by manipulation make anyone "do" anything they do not feel comfortable doing, which includes those that demand we (Lightscape/@Nola_Applequill1 ) "must" continue the conversation, act, react or respond. Not gonna happen. Anyone can continue speaking on this conversation as much as they feel to, without anyone else's approval. Go ahead - rock on. Hope you think and pray about what you're saying.
Let's keep these forums pointing in a positive direction, less stoking the fires and fanning the flames of others, more encouraging, empowering, lifting up - that is afterall, the duty of Christ's church and body. To "edify" and "build up" - not tear down!
So, since that is the overall reaction, is to now shift the focus on Lightscape "leaving" and somehow that in of itself proves anything, (laughs) or similar, be careful for those who say that - they are "stirring up strife." The bible is very clear on avoiding peeps like that.
Unfortunately @Eerie_Coppernight , me leaving is now more than ever the ONLY healthy option, lol. (for time and sanity LOL)
These posts by many even after expressing our dismay proves yet still the level needed for a healthy discussion is not yet there. Anyone who would have RESPECTED the request to discuss in other methods as asked for, truly would have shown enough respect and maturity enough to have a real, actual, healthy discussion. The true test of readiness to discuss, rather than debate.
Many youth have fallen because of the callousness of others and the lack of understanding, empathy and respect from others. I would simply say, as Nola says, "Shine. Shine a light. Light a spark. Spark a fire." And don't let anyone change you into them.