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Date Posted: 13/12/09 4:47:30pm
Author: Peter Eveleigh
Subject: Re: disproportionate and silly rather than offensive
In reply to: Matt Smith 's message, "Re: disproportionate and silly rather than offensive" on 13/12/09 1:13:53pm

>As you know, that was an example and I never implied
>that this guy was part of the forum! However, my view
>is that lots of comments made on here are not a
>million miles away from the same mark. Just because
>you don't find the comments offensive, it doesn't mean
>to say that others won't. The comments about Adolf
>Hitler are offensive in the extreme and as a topical
>subject, I gather that even you have been offended by
>some recent comments, Peter!
>Is all this really about the JA, I ask myself, or is
>it about arguing for the sake of it and for the sake
>of individual egos?
>>>Just to give an example ..... A guy I work with was
>>>taking a coach load of Jewish kids from Manchester to
>>>Leeds ..... one of the kids asked him to turn the air
>>>conditioning on, he replied "Sit down and shut up or
>>>I'll turn the Gas on"
>>that is disgusting, but to be fair he wasn't a poster
>>here but someone you work with. I don't think I have
>>seen anyone here write anything that nasty.
>>I agree with you that references to Adolf Hitler are
>>extreme and silly, but my view is that they are
>>unlikely to offend, and much more likely to just bring
>>this site into disrepute by being disproportionate.

I am not sure why we are arguing, Matt...I just said I agree that it is silly and disproportionate. Whether it offends is a matter of opinion and sensitivity...but I have said I'd avoid Hitler type comments anyway, as I don't think they contribute anything to understanding

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