Riscy, I think in your heart, you didn't know this would blow up like it did. I don't think you came here with bad intentions, and maybe that's just my need to always see the best in someone, but IDK. I'm trying to judge fairly and give you the benefit of the doubt.
You know, I get humor. I get that it's your right, and that you can. You can have any avatar in the world, and you can say anything you want, and I defend that right. But just because you can do something though...does it necessarily mean you should?
We're all accountable for our actions. In the words of Albus Dumbledore (Yes...I'm quoting Harry Potter) it is our choices that define us, not our abilities. I'm not judging you, like I said, I don't think you're a bad person. It's just, the Muslims here, sure you can say you understand what it's like...but you aren't them. You haven't walked in their shoes, literally felt the discrimination they face. Because it's very real, and oppression and judgment are such sad problems in this world today. I hate to think about it, how disheartened it makes me feel.
Oh, Riscy...is an avatar worth more than extending a little empathy and compassion and kindness to another human? One just like you: with a heart that beats the same, with blood running in their veins to life's universal rhythm? To me it wouldn't be, but that is simply me. Regardless of the Muslims then, if you want another thing to consider, what about lurkers? Religious and non, that you might potentially be making feel uncomfortable? What about the traffic to VCs website? What about showing the world we truthers aren't crazy, aggressive weirdos, but instead kind, thoughtful, and considerate human beings? What about other members who might feel it, but not wish to speak up? What about their comfort levels? See how much impact such a tiny decision can have?
You know you don't have to do anything, and I won't tell you to. You have a choice, and not just this one, but many more after that. That is life. What is worth it and what is not, what is appropriate and what is not, we all have a human responsibility to decide that. Loki, is right, you have crossed a line, but it isn't too late to make more productive and kinder decisions.
I believe in you, and I hope my faith isn't misplaced. Also know, I'm not attacking you, I swear. Like I said, I think you came here with good intentions. I really do. I refrained from commenting as long as I could, because I didn't want to sound like a busy-body or spewing shit I don't know about. I feel bad enough saying what I just said, sticking my nose where it doesn't belong is something I try hard never to engage in. I just want to help, like always. Truly help, and I hate seeing this sort of negativity around and seeing people hurt.
I just want you to think about things, okay? So much love for you Riscy, just like everyone else here, I'm rooting for you. Maybe I'll be proven wrong, but it's a chance I am taking. I just felt like I had to say something. I don't think anyone even really cares what I have to say, to be honest, but I guess I've said it now. Please take care everyone here. We're a family, at least I think we are. I'm just trying to help my VC family out in any constructive way possible, okay?