Commenting Policy

1. This is a blog that focuses on the experience of being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender and Mormon, in all the variations of what that means to different people.  We do not assume that a “good” Mormon cannot be gay, any more than we assume that a “good” gay cannot be Mormon. We do believe that good science and good religion go together; that theology minus real-life experience equals bad theology; and that spirit plus element equals fullness of joy.  We are respectful of all the different paths that people walk in order to find happiness — in singleness or through marriage (both same-sex and opposite-sex), as a member of the LDS faith or of a different faith or of no faith at all. We ask that commenters refrain from judging others, keeping in mind that with what measure ye mete, it may some day be meted unto you.

2. We encourage open dialogue.  We like disagreement across the full spectrum of ideas, because disagreement provides us an opportunity to understand ourselves better.  We ask only that our conversations remain respectful.  We like to talk about ideas, not personalities.  We prefer sharing experiences over making generalizations.  We think it’s better to ask questions than to make assumptions.

3. If we feel a commenter has crossed a line by being disrespectful, engaging in personal attacks, or engaging in other forms of bullying behavior, we may delete or withhold those comments.  If there’s a reasonable doubt as to the intention of a comment, we may give a commenter a chance to revise a comment that comes across as disrespectful and then publish it.  Repeat offenders who consistently detract from the goals of promoting understanding and respectful dialogue may be blocked.

In general, individual permabloggers set the standards for what comments will be allowed for their own posts.

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