Hi, Milton, welcome to the board!
, hey, you can't have met many Muslims IRL or online if you honestly feel that Muslims have some ill-conceived hatred of non-Muslims.
For the most part, I'd say I'm a straight-shooter; and so, if I have a problem with anyone or anything, I don't disguise or pretend. Life's too short for pretenses of that sort, methinks. And I happen to get along great Alhamdhullilah (thanks, praise, and credit to Allah)
with non-Muslims IRL and online. So, I don't know what's happened here with you specifically on IB and so don't know how to advise you.
Since I don't know the particulars of what occurred here, all I can tell you is that criticism is all fine and dandy, I think. But you also have to realize that at the end of the computer screen you're talking to real people and not some robots; so, if you phrase your words in a way that's offensive or potentially something that goes off ill-willed or whatever, you'll obviously have a reaction, and that reaction (depending on the individual) might not be a good one and lead to posts that are in turn offensive or retaliatory or whatever. At the end of the day, that's Internet for you and everyone else (so, if you're not putting too fine a point on this: we're all in the same boat).
I think I'm very open-minded and so don't mind discussing anything with non-Muslims, or at least Alhamdhullilah (thanks, praise, and credit to Allah)
I haven't encountered anything that would make me shy away from a topic. Plus, I believe in taking the bull by its horns.
As far as free speech is concerned in terms of IB, I'll agree that this is a well-moderated Forum; I know because I have been moderated in the past too, and that's not such a bad thing if you choose to adopt a positive perspective because this Forum is actually a really feel-good place. I know because I have been on other places on the Internet, and there are so many (sighs)
trolls that you're like "Ohhhh my God!" So, I'd say give IB a chance! It's not like you're going to lose anything, and it could be that you'll learn to enjoy yourself here! So, I'd like to say simply that time's a-wastin' and so buck up and start postin'!
Originally Posted by Milton