Comment Moderation--On YouTube
Once again, I’ve been hit by a CUT troll. This time over on my YouTube interviews. It started out with three comments, which I responded to. It then grew to a total of 8, and the troll showed no sign of stopping, even after I agreed to let him/her have the last word. He took the last word and then added two more defamatory and personal attacks. I’ve since deleted the entire exchange and blocked the user. Here is a sampling:
Sean has contempt for anything to do with religion, not just the one where he was among the biggest abusers of power when in control, and now one of its biggest detractors now that he is irrelevant. Having been there for some of the best years of my life, having experienced tremendous growth from following the Teachings, and having left of my own free will, I can say that his views are quite selective and exaggurated to make a point. Pompous, condescending, full of ingratitude then and now.
No worry, you do not need to speak out, the mistakes you made are unique to your life. Attacking faith is your personal crusade … more bullying of others to have them conform to your ideas. Why not just live your own atheism and not attack faith of others? Prophecy is a warning about what MAY occur if people do follow the present course w/o change. If every prophecy were to come true, it would mean there is no such thing as free will. Growing in faith, love, and joy is purpose, not waste.
"Religion does not add to the human experience", says Sean. The arrogance in that statement is mind-blowing!
All of what you cite is not the exclusive provenance of religion. In fact, you could substitute the word "liberalism", or "communism" and it would read the same. Still, that does not address the incredible statement you made which ignores every positive accomplishment of religion, including in music, architecture, and art, and discounts every life raised from darkness to light by faith. Your hatred and prejudice of religion and dismal of people of faith is way more divise than religion itself.
An atheist offers judgement on the level of other people’s spirituality. Not much change there from when you were running the "junk food spirituality" show yourself. Speaking of introspection, have you considered why you feel the need to attack the faith of others through a contrived media personality cult? Do you miss being the center of attention at CUT? If you were really just "trying to do the right thing", a few words about "insights" would suffice. Your crusade is about YOU.
Yes, you run BSJ and censor opposing views. Using a this forum to attack lovers of God and a spiritual path of their choice is another matter. I stand against your lies and 1/2 truths. Those who have not experienced the Teachings may mistakenly think you are a credible spokesman rather than a hurt spoiled child creating obstacles to sincere seekers of truth. I affirm the Ascended Master Teachings are a great blessing in my life and of many others, despite the human imperfections of its leaders.
These are blatant personal attacks. "Spoiled child?" "Crusade about YOU?" "Contrived media personality cult?" "Arrogant, pompous, condescending?"
How about an argument, sir? How about a shred of an argument about the message? OK, there’s a shred. But saying "religion has done some good things" is not an argument. I never said it hasn’t. I said it did not add to the human experience. My point (a little subtle there, sorry) is that all of the human endeavors done in the name of religion could have been done just as well without engaging in supernatural fantasies and all the baggage they entail. By all means, build temples and libraries and create works of art. The Greeks and Romans did it just fine. Their gods were archetypal and anthropomorphic and therefore far less destructive to human self-esteem than the Western "perfected" gods–or ascended masters for that matter. I also make a firm distinction between a society with a healthy mythology (as discussed by Joseph Campbell) and and one that engages in unhealthy supernatural obsessions. But I’m digressing–engaging the troll’s feeble argument.
The point here is decorum. Contrary to what people might think, this is not a free-speech issue. Free speech means you have the right to publish or say what you want. But you are responsible for providing your own forum and your own publicity. It does not mean that you can go into someone else’s newspaper, forum, blog or home and expect free and unfettered access. But here, to prove a point, I have republished the comments. Clearly, the comments were not removed because I’m afraid of the information, or that I’m trying to suppress relevant discussion. It’s just inappropriate, and wildly so. The troll comes in and tries to seize power, irrespective of the rules of argument. Deletion is the only appropriate response.
The YouTube interview stands on its own. If anyone had or has real conflicting information, or can show that I made factual errors, I’m all ears. I want to hear why I’m wrong–please tell me if you know something I could learn from. But in accordance with the comment policy, I won’t accept personal attacks. It’s clear that the attacks are motivated by a certain desperation caused by my direct challenge to believers–who are accustomed to being surrounded by other believers–none of whom have ever had to back up their claims with anything stronger than "I felt it, so it must be true."
So my crime is that I’ve gone and rudely pointed out fabrications and lack of evidence. And I have it on good authority that the message is getting through to CUT members. From a private email:
…everyone seems to be talking about you and what you posted about your mother telling you…That’s probably because of the recent coverage of the 50th anniversary of TSL and your comments on the Billings station. But people in the church and out of it were talking about it to me…
The more popular or well-known the forum, and the more damaging the information, the more likely it is to attract such trolls. Since I’m a well-known CUT critic, and I’ve spent 7 years building the Black Sun Journal "brand," and I’ve just appeared on their local TV station and in their local paper, CUT supporters understandably want to take their fight directly to the source. But it’s never new information. I’d honestly be open to that, but I have yet to see it. I’d love some truly concrete evidence for the existence of "El Morya" or any other "master" that didn’t involve hearsay or the smell of rose petals. Bring it on!!! But they can’t. Instead, what’s left is to attack my character–both while I was in the church and today. Then, with their ad hominems all exhausted, they invariably switch to red-herring mode:
Mr.Scientist says we should not perpetuate things that are made up, we should stick to what we know and can prove. Yet his website loudly endorses the myth of human-caused global warming, saying the debate is over on this. Yet many of the world’s leading climatologists, those not moved by grant money and ostracization, attribute climate change to natural cycles and causes far removed from man’s activities. It seems like a great hoax created to manipulate people thru a carbon tax and credit scam.
Climate change is a scam. Whatever. Splendid argument bolstering CUT and its false teachings and prophecies! Enough. I won’t be bullied by cries of "censorship" into running a free-for-all–either here or on YouTube–and I won’t apologize for that policy.