Let us all pause for a moment and morn the passing of a good idea. :-(
Universism has died. On March 23 at 14:00 hours, it died. The forum was shut down in a fit of anger. Many of the members sadly left to join other chat rooms.
Universism, for those not knowing of it, was the brain child of Ford Vox. The basic concept, I think, was to allow a non-faith (or non-dogma faith) place to exist where people could be non-dogmatic and not be ashamed. People from around the world logged in.
CNN, LA Times, Anderson360, and others covered it. It looked like a new banner had arisen to which people could rally. You could have faith in your own ideas but not try to push them on others. THere seemed to be an air of tolerence.
But problems arose. Personalities got in the way. And then the owner of the ball (the name and forum owner) got mad, and decided to take their ball home.
Universism dies. Can they restart it? Maybe the name but I do not think the idea can ever gain the focus and solidity it once had. Once you have been fooled, you do not usually go back. :-(.
Why do I care? WHile I was not a major member, I never signed their statement, I liked the idea that a concept of tolerance and non-dogma was getting heard around the world. People talked and discussed.
Let us take a moment of silence for with its passing, we are all weaker in this fundy world.
Universism has died. Killed by the one that started it. Died before it could really reach its potential.