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Discussion: Why not?

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Feb. 27, 2009
the wood
1086 posts
Why not?
I have observed, on this MB, countless comments, attitudes, agendas and topics over the past 3 years.
The rules of engagement are essentially to avoid the 4 areas of misconduct... inappropriate language, disparaging comments, promotion of other senior organizations and advertising of products, services and web sites.
There have been many threads/posts that went outside these guidelines and were not deleted, presumably because they did not get 'really bad'. We have had numerous trivia threads (music, movies, TY, sports, etc.) and there was some controversy associated with them... why should they be allowed to consume so much MB space? How relevant were they to senior softball? etc., etc. But the response was that they 'bring guys together' in a positive way and that was obviously intrinsically good. I had no issue with them... still don't.
So when Southpaw and others like him wish to express their spiritual beliefs why is it that the naysayers come out against them? Why can't they have their threads as well? Who is it that is harmed by a group of people that express their spiritual beliefs?
This occurred about 10 days ago and it isn't the first time. John Hayes tried to convey his feelings 2 years ago and was met with the same attitude. I am fully aware that wars have been fought over religion but that doesn't mean that it isn't a worhty topic. I have seen small battles erupt over trivia contests and other forms of disagreement... such as Yankees v. Red Sox.
Within the freedom of speech that SSUSA advocates, and in keeping between the stated guidelines, why can't anyone post their spiritual posture? If it offends you, avoid that thread.
BW
Feb. 27, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
WELL PUT, BW.
Feb. 27, 2009
shortly50
Men's 50
41 posts
I have to agree with you wood, if you don't like the thread don't add to the discussion. It seems some people have to post to every thread
Feb. 27, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
762 posts
Amen
Feb. 27, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Couldn't agree more, Bob.
If someone doesn't want to participate on any topic
than he/she doesn't have to.

Feb. 27, 2009
SOFTBALLGRAMPS
Men's 55
98 posts
Bob, I came on this MB back in 2004,after my Grandson was in a bad accident on his way to Vegas,ask for Prayer for him and a few responded to keep him in prayer, after 12 surgery's he's doing great, I thank GOD for this MB and those that Belive in HIM
Feb. 27, 2009
docswear
Men's 55
97 posts
Woody... the naysayers always come out no matter what the topic. If we worried about all of the naysayers none of us would ever say anything (my wife might support that idea concerning me). I agree with your thoughts 100%. Many keep their spiritual beliefs private which is their right but many like to share with others and this posting board certainly does not disallow that according to the parameters set forth. Those that want to add to the discussion can and those that do not can chose to ignore the post. Wood ... have a great day and NFTTY.... docswear aka krispy
Feb. 27, 2009
hitt2
354 posts
The wood
Well said, bless-you.
Hitt2
Feb. 27, 2009
bulldawglost
Men's 60
27 posts
Great post Wood! I totaly agree with you.
Feb. 27, 2009
wyo22
Men's 70
22 posts
Hello The Wood. I do not know you but I agree with your comments. Well said. Its guys like you and the others who have posted answers that make senior softball so great. Have a great year and may God watch over all of us and keep us safe even the naysayers. Wyo 22
Feb. 28, 2009
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
WELL STATED COACH!!! 3 YEARS AGO GARY PRO PUT A PRAYER REQUEST OUT TO THE GUYS ON THE MB FOR MY WIFE, SHE'S HAD 3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF CANCER. WE HAD SBALL PLAYERS ALL OVER PRAYING FOR HER, SHE HAD A TRANSPLANT AND HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR 3 YEARS, THAT'S THE POWER OF PRAYER!!!! THANKS GUYS.
Feb. 28, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3939 posts
BOB,you have a great post here.as one who believes of another way,i have no prol with the religious(spiritual) posts.i think it is good to have diff points of views on subjects.for all you fellow ballers who do believe,good luck and have a good yr to come.
Feb. 28, 2009
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
mad dog.............good luck to you un-believers too.........maybe I'll see you at the SPA in Dalton.
Feb. 28, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Hey Wood and all, thanks for your comments; I truly appreciate them. I am a Southern Baptist Pastor, so my beliefs are ingrained for sure. I do not hesitate to share the Good New whenever possible and this particular time in which we find ourselves, it is proving more difficult to say the least.

I do respect all humanity and all do not share the same beliefs. So, I do not seek to overwhelm this board with my particular point of view. However, as was stated, an opportunity presented itself and I tried in a very positive way to encourage thoughtfulness from another. The disparagement was minimal; I have encountered much worse in other venues.
I do respect the primary purpose of this website and believe it is a great forum for the sport we all love. "May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He make His face to shine upon you and give you peace." Thanks, Steve
March 1, 2009
WOW
197 posts
Amen again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 2, 2009
the wood
1086 posts
Thanks for your feedback... it's something that I have meant to say for some time.
BW
March 3, 2009
jim16
Men's 65
173 posts
Bob, Terrific post. I love senior softball. The warmth that I feel when I see 2 whole teams praying together after a hotly contested game is proof to me of God's blessing upon senior softball. Sometimes in heat of battle we get a bit cranky in our desire to win but then to put it into perspective after the contest and showing our love for him and for each other is absolutely AWESOME
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