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Message to All - from angel4u
May 5, 2005
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All,

I felt the need to write after taking a few days to think all this through and read the oh so many posts on this topic ...

My original reaction after the upheaval started and the SC made her first statement about banning religious (and what I also interpreted as "spiritual") talk, was "Wow" (not in a good way either) ... and then I was truly saddened. I sat back for awhile to catch my composure. I felt as if something very important was being taken away from this wonderful site, and from the many people that come here, including myself. I consider myself a very open-minded and non-judgemental person, and love people of all walks of life (AW and others, I so much related to your posts on this!). And I try my best to give advise based from both a spiritual and non-spiritual perspective, depending on who I am talking to and what their beliefs are, out of respect for others as I know religion can be a very touchy topic.

I also consider myself to be more of a spiritual rather than religous person, so it wasn't the idea of not quoting the bible that effected me. It was much more than that. Actually my post that ended up being the straw that broke the camel's back was the first time I had posted something with biblical verses in it. As I clearly stated once, and did not believe I needed to restate - those words were sent to me by a friend, I found comfort in them, and thought others that could relate would as well. Those that did not, could chose to ignore them as we have to do with "so many" other things in life we do not agree with or relate to. I was not pushing my views on anyone and do not believe I need to apologize to anyone (bless your heart, Raz, I know you mean well) for what I saw as an act of kindness, even if others chose to believe otherwise. As many said, and as I myself stated, you did not have to read the posts that were against your beliefs. So I truly do not understand why you simply could not ignore them. I have done so many times and have had no problem. This is the way life is, not everything has to be an argument. If you go into battle and attack others every time you don't agree with something I can guarantee you one thing, you will never be happy.

I was truly amazed at some of the slandering things people were saying about religion, Christianity, and the oh so many assumptions and accusations that were made about people of faith. What I saw over the past couple of days is what looked like judgements and lashing out at people that were religious & spiritual ... and a force to try to oust out believers. And it truly hit me in the heart. As someone else said, it felt like it was 100 years ago and spiritual people (in particular, Christians) were being treated like slaves and being told they had no rights. I found much of the talk to be very offensive and degrading, and especially not cool for a site that is supposed to promote love, comfort and healing. At the top of the list, what I saw most of was much anger and a strong need to control ... rather than any sense of compassion or understanding. And when people didn't listen to the slander, they spoke up louder or acted like victims. If you read your posts again you will see what I am talking about. And then ask yourself what are you afraid of? And is this possibly why I am havinf trouble in my personal life? I personally do not like to be treated in the aggressive manner that I have seen here as of late, and tend to walk away if a person is only interested in stating their point of view while ignoring mine ... just as I did. Something I guess for us all to think about while we are working on our healing & growth process.

This is what has caused me to wonder if AAC is the right place for me anymore. This is NOT about drama or not being able to quote the bible, as some of you so quickly implied. It is about what is right and healthy for me.

Maybe I am wrong, and I am misinterpreting the true intent of the oh so many accusations that were made against Christians. But in my darkest moments will say that there is One that always pulled me through. I cannot deny him, and won't.

On an added note ... although I love you all and am so greatful for the support you have all provided me in the past, I feel the need to send a special hug and thanks to the following folks that made (what I believe to be - and I hope I am entitled to that) so many valid and healthy points about this all. I have always appreciated you in the past, and appreciate you even more now:

OMW, memphis, peacesoul, chickyfighter, enoch, white dove, AW, restless, Juanita, bonita1, LouWho, Coda_Mom, mama, Aces, restless, I'm_Tryin, Sunnygrl, D dog (I see it's glass clinkin' time again, girl!), artist 2, Desert Moon, LthrNlace, godscreation, Rosy Girl, Rasputin, mj, sew unique, lostinkfo, Take Heart, wounded spirit, dustygirl, Hurt-so-bad ... and my apologies for any others I missed. I am sure you know who you are!)

And a special note for my sweet little sister exotic flower ... I hope all is well with you! You can catch me on the http://www.sober24.com website under the same name if you need to. They even have personal email boxes, so you can send me a note at anytime and I promise to respond when I read it. As a clarification from something I previously posted, the site is only free for 60 days, then it's $12 a year. Still reviewing it and stting still, so haven't decided yet if I will be joining as a regular yet or not though.

That's all for now folks. And please, no slandering comments as I will not respond to them.

Til we meet again ...
Hugs, Health, Happiness and Peace to All.

Love,

angel4U

May 6, 2005
4:09 am
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miss you 🙁

May 6, 2005
7:31 am
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((((angel4U))))

~love charlie~

May 6, 2005
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Thanks angel. Peace to you.

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May 6, 2005
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((((((((((angel4U))))))))))))))))
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May 6, 2005
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Angle4U!

I hope you will reconsider coming back.

You are a smart person, we all miss you.

In whatever you decide, I pray for God's best blessings to you.

Love,

Rasputin

May 6, 2005
2:59 pm
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Thanks Angel - I admire you for your stand and wish you nothing but health and happiness. Good luck and GOD BLESS YOU!

May 7, 2005
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Thank you angel I totaly agree i am also looking for another site to go to

May 9, 2005
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Plz donr leave i understand why you do that but see when i needed you all where here and know i wont be able to find you any more and thats sad!! but i also understand and if you are all leaving i just want to thank you all and say you all have helped me very mucha and i love you all!!!! Los quiero mucho)))
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May 10, 2005
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Thanks angel4U, I couldnt have said it better. The board isnt the same anymore. I have been going there to read but not finding the comforting replies as I did before. It is very sad. I realize it is a private site but I was happy to see so many people standing up for Jesus and spirituality. I love you all

May 12, 2005
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Angel, I only just saw this, I never go to the lib page, and my move was around this time--thank you so much for addressing li'l old me! I will certainly write you, meeting you has been a godsend at this time in my life!

Love, ef

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