Originally Posted by GB
It has nothing to do with G vs g. It has to do with discussing religion. It does not matter how you spell it.
We made a decision when we created the "no religious discussion" rule that people asking for prayers are not considered religious discussion. One could argue that prayer does not have to be religious in context. You can pray to yourself if you want. You are not necessarily praying to a higher figure or religious entity. I know that is a pretty weak argument though and actually the real main reason is a lot more simple. If someone is asking for prayers then chances are they are hurting in some way shape or form. They are looking for support from friends in a time of need. We decided that we could not and would not turn our backs on that. No one in their right mind would discipline someone who is asking for prayers because their daughter just got into a serious car accident and may not make it though the night. The asking for prayers in these cases are not discussing religion. They are asking for support in whatever form you want to give it.
The no religion rule is in place for a very simple reason. Religion is one of those things that will always cause bad feelings and arguments as we have a large diverse group of people who come from a wide range of backgrounds. If someone starts talking about G-d and how wonderful he is then someone that does not believe in G-d could feel upset at the content. We do not all feel the same about G-d or religion and since this is primarily a food site we felt that religion could be left at the door when you come in.
I hope that helps clear it up a little.
Uhh, sorry, no. That does not clear it up at all.
First off I would like to say that your car accident reference was a little bit over the top. Maybe somebody just experienced that, I don't know, I was merely saying that prayers get offered up a lot. And I think we all know what the word prayer references. I in no way wanted anybody to turn their back on someone else asking for prayers. I think you admitted DC pretty much looks the other way in this case.
The G vs g was because that's what I was taught. I'm 48, attended public schools, was raised catholic and was taught that it was OK to reference a higher being using the small g because that did not denote the Christian.... version. Maybe it was early attempts at being politically correct qand maybe things have since changed. I am of the belief it was OK to reference a higher being using the small g. As in, Zues was a Greek god.
Lastly, I would like to say that I did not read all the responses in the original post. I read the post and a few replies. I did not know it had turned into a religious "discussion". Perhaps the posts discussing religion should have been removed rather than the original post, which merely mentioned a word we all here all the time. If indeed a discussion was taking place.
I'm as objective as they come when it concerns religion. As I said, I see religious references here all the time, someone sends prayers, someone wants a traditional Break Fast dinner (or whatever that thread was about). Heck, inverting the word dog isn't even a story in the bible (not that I was taught), it's just a cute little story. That's all I was saying.
Heaven forbid (I can say heaven can't I
) that someone tell the St Peter at the gates story about the man and his dog and needing water......