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  1. Benjamin

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    Would you believe my online condolences to my relatives in Illinois were not allowed for being religious in nature! I don’t know, maybe you would. :( But, they ARE Christians by the way. Has political correctness run amok? My, my, what is the world coming to? I would almost lean to feeling embarrassed, but I know better than to be ashamed of the Gospel. Or have I just became so rapped up in my own little world being close to God, with Him in all my thoughts, and am now an outsider who unswervingly imposes my beliefs every time I open my mouth in rudeness? Maybe I was wrong Biblically as in standing on the street corner, so to speak, and possibly out of line? There is a time and place, and I picked the wrong place? I don’t know; I generally hold to that I will not be bound by any walls as to where I speak of God. Maybe I’ve become a fanatic? Whoas me.
     
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    Very strange. I had no idea those things were even edited by someone. I certainly have offered spiritual counsel and Scripture references on this kind of page, and have noticed others doing so as well. I had never heard of any sort of editorial criteria.

    Now that we know that there may be some, can you please tell the editor to clean up the spelling and the grammar I have seen in some instances:laugh:
     
  3. Benjamin

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    I would admit I’m not very good at this sort of thing, including grammar, and I have a lack of experience doing these things, but I see no other reason, at all, that my entry would not be accepted. At the bottom of the page it says:

    “Entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content.”

    So after my post was not put up I checked into the guidelines, knowing I got a bit strong, (maybe over emphasizing that according to the “Good News” we will be together with my uncle again, in a happier time, and would be looking forward to that day?) and while expressing the spiritual side, brighter side of things, got carried away possibly? I don’t know. So I looked under the guidelines where it says:

    “Nature of User Material” You must not submit any material that:
    * is intended primarily to promote a cause or movement, whether political, religious or other;

    So anyway, I toned it down, shortened it, and resubmitted it, again my grammar may be the pits, and writing skills need improvement (although I am making an “A” in College Eng101 Comp right now, and my teacher keeps telling me he likes the way I work in my theology into my writing) and I may be clumsy in getting out my words, but here it is:

    “Janet, Jim, Tim, and all,

    My heart felt sympathies and prayers go out for you over this loss. I share in the grieving on this side of Heaven in that I will miss Jim. Our lives, as I’m sure were many others, were greatly enriched by having known him. I am very thankful for my experiences with Uncle Jim and reflecting on the goodness of God for allowing us all to know him, in all the different positions he held, and served well in his love for others; so blessed we were to share our lives with him. Since I won’t be with you in person, but in thoughts and prayers, I would make mention of the Lord taking Jim on the very same calendar day as his beloved younger brother Jerry, my father, as something I can’t help to look up in wonderment over. God only knows the meaning of the significance of this happening, and I will be looking forward to getting that answer when we all meet together once again. May God comfort you during this trying time.

    God bless you all,”

    (Critique me if I messed up please)


    Still, no sign of my entry, while others have shown up saying things that are speaking directly to my deceased Uncle like:

    “We have probably never told you what a priviledge it has been to share our lives with you”

    “It was so nice to have had dinner with you”

    “I'm so glad to have visited with you. You will be missed. You were such a nice guy. Tell Jerry Hello.”

    Now the above seems strange to me in that they speak “to” the dead; not that I would ever point it out to them.
     
  4. JustChristian

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    Can you provide the web page you were using?
     
  5. Benjamin

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    That, I will keep private. Sorry
     
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    //Would you believe my online condolences to my relatives in Illinois were not allowed for being religious in nature!//

    No, I don't believe it.
    But it doesn't surprise me at all.

    I checked out a Funeral Home. Left a religious message for the family of a Brother at my church. That Funderal Home is noted in my will.

    Back in 1992, I had a friend leave Illinois for N.W. Arkansas. He was a Lawyer - said that Illinois was filled with corruption from the top down. I lost contact with him.
     
  7. Benjamin

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    My more recent post was entered late today; I feel better now. But, I still think a Gospel message should have been allowed to be included. Maybe I was out of line to presume it would be appropriate in a public place such as it is. It seemed to be a good place and time to share the message. Oh well.
     
  8. Benjamin

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    Illinois feels like my second home, but I'm glad we left when I was young. Although, there is a real lack of the Gospel message getting out here also, in my area of Arizona. The number of churches compared to growth is way under the % it should be.
     
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    The newspaper that I read has the following disclaimer on the condolences page:

    NOTE: Condolences by people who are not friends or family members that are used to promote a business or religion will be deleted.
    I don't think they are anti-Christian or anti-Religion, I think it is a matter of necessity. The newspapers are simply trying to keep their condolences page from becoming a place where various religious agendas are pursued. Thus I can't go on their page and type religious messages under each condolence. However I can, and have, written religious condolences for friends/family without a problem. Notice the ban is against non-family/friends. The difference is that family/friends are writing a personal message that may have a religious message. Non-family/friends are just pushing their agenda (be it good or bad). I don't know the situation with the paper you are discussing. Maybe your message was not clearly that of a friend/family? I don't know. You could contact the paper and talk about their decision to erase your message.


     

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