This is a note to welcome our newest forum Moderator, andak01, who has accepted an invitation to moderate the Religion/Culture section, along with Mediocrates and ibrodsky.
Andak01 has been widely read as a member and excels at communicating his positions intelligently and eloquently. Over the past year-and-a-half he has graciously responded to a variety of challenges to him and his beliefs, never wavering from our Rules of the Road, despite being provoked to do so on countless occasions. His commitment to intelligent debate and avoidance of pettiness demonstrates his leadership abilities.
We look to andak01 for his judgment in eliminating religious bashing and the posting of what can be reasonably construed as hate speech in the sensitive Religion/Culture section.
Recognizing that there are legitimate questions about the role of Islam in the Arab-Israeli conflict and in global terrorism, it is important for us to discuss and debate those issues in a manner that will strike a cord in the high-level decision-makers that this forum aims to reach. Of course, there are also legitimate questions about Judaism and Christianity's roles in world events, as well, and we look forward to andak01 adding his perspective to those discussions.
It is particularly difficult for a moderator to allow the posting of content that is offensive to him/her without censoring it, and I would imagine that this will be one of andak01's new challenges.
Finally, in selecting a new moderator for the Religion section, I would note that there is a great respect for Andak01 both among those who agree with his views and those who disagree with him.
So, without further ado, Mazal Tov to andak01. Welcome and good luck.