No head-butting in blogging!

Zidane Head-Butting

How about in the future, when we have some hot issue to discuss, we use these terms of engagement on how to fight fair:

1. Be respectful. Don’t name-call, use sarcasm, or belittle others.
Example: “I believe there’s a God because he talks to me!”
“I always thought you were a stupid idiot!”

2. Focus on the issue. Don’t get personal. Maintain clarity on your view.
Example: “If there is a God, why is there so much evil in the world?” “Ya, well, you’re Satan! That’s why, you stupid idiot!”
3.
Stay on point. Don’t change the subject until you’ve dealt with the original issue.
Example: “I don’t like the church and refuse to attend such an abusive institution!” “Ya, well, you weren’t breast-fed enough! Let’s talk about that, you stupid idiot!”
4. Wait before writing. Don’t respond when angry. Cool off first. Present a reasoned response. It can be impassioned, but make sure it is not a knee-jerk reaction.
Example: “I love Jesus because he’s my personal Lord and Savior!” “Oh is that right? Then why every time you open your mouth, I smell manure, you stupid idiot!”
5. Try to understand what others are saying. Don’t write people off, but try to understand where they are coming from. Walk in their shoes for a minute.
Example: “God is your imaginary friend!” “Well, men are from Mars; women are from Venus. But you might as well be speaking from Uranus, you stupid idiot!”
6. If you don’t understand what they are saying, ask for clarity. Don’t assume you know what they mean. Example: “I don’t believe there’s a literal Hell.” “That’s why I think you’re going to hell!” “Ya, well, I must already be there because I’m talking to you, you stupid idiot!”
7. Even if we argue ideas, try to respect and appreciate other people, even love them.
Example: “I’ll pray for you, that you will get saved and go to church.” “Ya, well, I pray that you get drilled through the head with a meteor, you brainless moron!”

Anyway, those are just a few rules to help us fight fair and to encourage everyone to stay in the game. No head-butting! Check out this site for a humorous mixture of advice:
Check out this site for some humorous advice on debating fair!

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Fred

    “Well, men are from Mars; women are from Venus. But you might as well be speaking from Uranus, you stupid idiot!”

    But that’s funny! I’d really like to use it! What if I ask nicely?

  • John

    Are you saying that we are not RESPECTFUL? You are a very narrowminded person to think such things of us. Don’t think for a moment that I don’t know what I am talking about – I am a very FOCUSED person and enjoy your Blog on prosperity – geeze – give us credit. From what I’ve seen we do stay on TOPIC. It reminds when I went hunting once! Being the first one to respond to this blog proves that I have WAITED to think this through. What I UNDERSTAND you are saying is this: That you are upset with us bloggers. I try to things from your point of view – but really don’t have the time anymore. CLARITY – now that is something that is an oximoron in a blog of this nature.

  • http://davidhayward.ca David Hayward

    Shut up, you idiot! (John’s my brother, so all the rules don’t count in this case! 8) ) And yes, Fred, you can use it. I thought it was original from me, but my wife thinks she’s heard it somewhere before. So be warned.

  • Brian M

    You must be doing some serious editing David, I haven’t seen any head-butting up to now! (hip checking sure but blogging isn’t for little girls…)

    Back from holidays and ready for a yellow card.

  • John

    So much for your tabacco…if you keep this up I’m going to create a “blog split”.

  • John F

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • John F

    My favorite is the manure-breath one. I’m SO using that one next week when I’m back at work teaching your children.


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