Apparently I need to set some things straight.
Opinions are welcome on my blog. I love opinions. I’ve got a lot of them myself. I even like hearing opinions I don’t agree with–but be forewarned, I love to argue those opinions at great length. It’s my blog, after all, which means it’s mostly about my opinions.
Evangelism is not welcome on my blog. It’s annoying at kinda makes me want to hit you. And I have mad awesome nunchaku skillz, trufax.
So what’s the difference between opinions and evangelism?
Evangelists think everyone needs to believe as they do–and I’m certainly not just talking about religion; this can go for any strongly-held belief. Evangelists think everybody who doesn’t agree with them is misinformed or stupid and needs to be brought to the light. They batter you over and over with their beliefs. When you say, “What you’re saying doesn’t apply to me because of x, y, and z,” they refuse to engage; they just repeat the same crap. They often use scare tactics and statements of absolutes (“All people..,” “Everybody who…,” “Always…”). They’re unwilling to have any real dialogue.
Opinions are much more open. Phrases like “it seems to me,” “in my experience,” and “have you considered” are good indicators of opinions. See how they’re open to a world that’s not absolute? See how they invite conversation? That’s awesome. That’s what I want here.
I’m not saying you can’t have unshakable beliefs and participate on this blog. And god knows how boring it would be if I only allowed people who agree with me to participate. All I’m saying is that this is a place for conversation and dialogue, which requires an open mind and a willingness to consider alternate points of view. If you want to evangelize, do it on your own blog; that’s your prerogative.
Just keep in mind, this is my space, and I gleefully wield the almighty banhammer.
But don’t worry–this probably isn’t about you. If it is, you already know, since I’ve named you as an evangelist several times.
In the words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds: “You’re welcome on my boat. God ain’t.” (Just substitute “your evangelism” for “god.”)