Although I’d like to believe it won’t happen here, I think it would be best to have open, structured, consistent policy for dealing with name callers, religious fanatics, and other types who may show up to bug and berate us. I’m going to apply the same guidelines I used in business: three strikes, you’re OUT!
First I want to say that I may be more tolerant than the group would like. If someone comes here in what feels like good faith and states, for instance, STRONG religious objections to homosexuality, I will probably allow it. When, however, they are reduced to calling offensive names (e.g., “All FAGGOTS are going to hell!”) OR it becomes clear that they are NOT here to discuss issues civilly; they are here simply to harangue or bash us, here’s how it will go:
Please notify me if you find something a fellow member says offensive. I’ll listen, consider what you say carefully, and have a dialogue with you; however, the decision will, ultimately, rest with me and my conscience.