Okay folks, here is the definition of "evangelizing," which is a no-no here at HT. Short definition: - Using HT as a bully pulpit to foist your worldview on others. exception: expressing your opinion on a matter is not evangelizing, unless it is done in such a way as to make it clear that you are not interested in providing "neighborly help and thoughtful discussion" on a topic. - Consistently adding "bad seeds" to a conversation, especially when you are contributing little or nothing of value elsewhere. - someone who comes here for the express reason that we have a large audience of people who don't share their views. Some people see this as a "target rich environment" and go a-blasting with their views, like killing in a baited field. - People who think it is fun to wail on "ignorant" folks with their "enlightened" worldview. I don't care if it's coming from the right or the left, that's not what this place is for. exception: being passionate about one's beliefs is encouraged. Being mean about them is not. - "Camping out" on GC, while rarely contributing to homesteading related topics, making multiple posts which push one agenda. - Using HT as an aggregator to post news items that deal with a specific topic unrelated to homesteading. Now for a more thorough explanation - copied from another post: HT is a very unique and special place - it's a place where people of diverse worldviews congregate to share their love of simple living, homesteading and small farming. It's really nice to be able to converse with people who don't think like I do. Think about it, how often, in your "real" life, do you get to discuss the issues with people who have such vastly diverse worldviews, all in one place? If you're like me, most of your personal interaction is with people who, for the most part, believe like you do. So HT is really cool that way. Now, some folks see this less as an opportunity to learn about other people's worldviews, and more as a target rich environment. They come here to prey upon people's sensibilities, to assault their beliefs, to "hard-sell" what they think to others. Like the most annoying street-preacher who jumps up in your face and screams "REPENT!" when he hasn't even taken the time to ask your name. Everybody hates to be around people like that. Because of our unique properties, we get those kind of people here from time to time. Sometimes they are fire-and-brimstone, yer-headed-for-hell type folks who just can't wait to tell you how much God hates you because you don't go to their church or something. These people get me riled up worse than anyone else. Then, we get people on the other side of the political spectrum - who can't believe that anyone could be so stupid as to: A. love this country, or B. vote Republican, or C. Believe in an objective standard of right and wrong. Now, look. You're free to believe any of those things, but when you start to see HT as a bully pulpit where you can come to bash on people who aren't as "enlightened" as you are, then you are "evangelizing." Could a "gay of the day" thread qualify? Not if it was an isolated incident. But if it's part of a concerted campaign to "educate" the "ignorant" people here, then yes, it could be. Bottom line: Dean's suggestion is a good one. HT is not blogspot. If you want to beat your drum on your favorite hot-button issue, that would be a good place to start.