Freethought Forum Introduction
"The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1860)
The Freethought Forum aims to be just that sort of institution, only on a modest scale (and with smilies, lots of smilies
Freethought to us means that we as administrators do not promote a particular worldview, nor do we require allegiance to one.
Neither is our motto a license to post whatever you think and have it go unchallenged, no matter how nasty, shallow, stupid or hateful. Think what you like, express yourself, but expect that people who disagree with you will avail themselves of the exact same opportunity.
However, we have seen first hand that free expression suffers as much in a chaotic, unregulated environment as it can under a system of moderator-enforced civility.
In order to ensure that people feel comfortable expressing themselves, we have done our utmost to provide the tools for our membership to create an environment that nurtures open discussion while providing every possible option for individuals to block out elements they find offensive. Our aim is quality discussion, and to that end, it is our fervent hope that people will grant each other the benefit of the doubt and make an effort to deal with each other reasonably, or else employ our many custom ignore features to reduce their exposure to irritants.
With that in mind, the Freethought Forum is inspired by the following four principles:
- Freedom of thought
- Freedom of expression