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So... we're allowed to talk about politics and religion as long as nobody
gets offended?

Honestly, I think there should be a rule that says, "You're not allowed to
get offended over the cross or crown." But alas, it's unlikely ever to
happen...

On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> During a rather belated, hasty and ennuyed reading of the recent "atheism"
> thread, I observed several mentions of the "NCNC rule". Really the NCNC
> 'rule' is less a rule than an emergent understanding that discussion of
> real-world religion and politics tends to lead to situations arising in
> which something someone says upsets someone else. IOW, it's a rule of thumb
> about how to avoid upsetting some fellow listmembers. Contrast this with the
> 'law' that says that auxlang advocacy shall be banished from Conlang List to
> Auxlang List, which, IMO, is more fully part of the constitution of Conlang
> List. The impropriety of engaging in auxlang advocacy on Conlang List is the
> impropriety of flouting a quasi-constitutional law of the List. In contrast,
> any impropriety of engaging in discussion of real-world religion and
> politics resides not in the breach of any quasi-constitutional law but only
> in the general sin of offtopicness and in whatever impropriety there is to
> speech that brings about others' distress.
>
> --And.
>