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|5 years ago :: Feb 23, 2008 - 5:53PM #1|
The Sunday, February 17, 2008 issue of Parade magazine published its annual selection of the world's ten worst dictators. Without exception, all ten of those men share a common political practice-- they do not tolerate dissidents, nor do they let dissidents go unpunished. Sound familiar? It should. Beliefnet.com shares their commonality. It neither permits, nor condones, community members to post comments about its managers nor its management's activities.
As an example of Beliefnet's "top ten" behavior in that respect: management takes the liberty to post community members "crimes" in their profile for all the world to see, while at the same time denying community members the liberty to post management's crimes for all the world to see. Beliefnet's policy is no doubt within the law, but a shameful double standard nevertheless.
It sometimes amuses me that there are supposedly democratic people—Beliefnet.com's supervisors for example -- who no doubt wouldn't hesitate to condemn Kim Jong-IL (North Korea), or Hu Jintao (China), or Robert Mugabe (Zunbabwe); the meanwhile favorably inclined to oppress their fellow American citizens by incorporating the exact same political policies in their own management practices.
In my 64 years of experience living on this planet, it has been my observation that the two most common propensities among human beings in power, regardless of race, gender or nationality, are lies and oppression.
For example; I was recently given an infraction for exceeding the PG-13 level to which, I was told, Beliefnet discussions are normally expected to limit themselves to. I wrote to Elizabeth Sams, Martha Ainsworth, BeliefnetGrace, and BeliefnetSabee, and pointed out that I can find neither the MPAA's PG-13 rating standards, nor Beliefnet's proprietary PG-13 rating standards, anywhere in the rules of conduct; and requested each of them, that if they knew of a PG-13 standard's location in the rules of conduct, to please direct me to it so I can read for myself the PG-13 level to which community members' discussions are normally expected to limit themselves to.
I also informed them that since/if the PG-13 standard is not stated in the rules of conduct, then I must protest being unjustly penalized for non compliance with an unpublished rule. Their unanimous response? A wall of silence.
It is impossible for me to honor and respect those kinds of human beings without seriously compromising my own personal integrity. As Jabulani Moyo, former citizen of Zimbabwe, wrote in a side bar for Parade: "There are times when you simply cannot remain quiet no matter how dangerous it is." I Therefore count it an honor to be penalized by Beliefnet.com for speaking out against its grossly un-American management practices.