We welcome comments and questions. But of course we have some guidelines — one need only look at the comments section of a Youtube video to see that there are countless places on the web where anything goes — this is not that place. Genuine inquiry and interest, criticism and skepticism are welcome. Cynicism and outright aggressive comments on the other hand are not something we will waste white space on. There are enough sites on the web that cultivate and encourage a culture of complaining, frankly we find those sites boring. We care for humanity and in the interests of humanity we will not create or sustain environments that foster hate and offer little else.

And yes this is a question of protecting and honouring freedom of speech, because when speech is hateful or aggressive it intimidates others; it bullies them and inhibits them from speaking freely. Whatever criticisms are there to be expressed can be delivered without reaction and aggression. Since when did ‘freedom of speech’ become a right to freely and anonymously abuse others? A society that allows this is not a free society, it is a society that is held hostage to cowards who troll sites and digitally pillage with no accountability. We don’t play ball with that. We ask for people to engage but to engage responsibly. Your considered contributions are valued and appreciated.

Please note we also reserve the right to decline the publication of comments that are purely self-promotional or which are designed to advance a predefined agenda or dogma, we find that comments of this nature are not conducive to open two-way conversation. This means no Scripture-spam please.

Please note we take privacy very seriously and therefore also reserve the right to decline the publication of comments which may compromise the privacy of others.

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  1. This is music to my ears, or should I say Music to my Heart! Anyone with a site supporting comments has a responsibility toward the people they profess to be serving: they need to put systems in place to ensure the communication channels cannot be hijacked by those who wish to abuse and intimidate others. Thank you for taking care of this and for providing a beautiful example that I hope every public site and every public forum will one day follow.

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