A Cherry too Far?
I was an editor when ABC Tales started going.
I edited for about a year.
When I've been able, I've come back and spent some months writing and enjoying uploading work. I have always been grateful for such a brilliant site, where you know you are read and the occasional cherry is always lovely.
Being a strong christian means a lot of my work will be of that flavour, especially if I'm going through a powerful Spiritual time.
I keep up with the forums and try to balance the normal anti christian bias from the literati, with my own opinions, and that's fine.
As an editor with a particular world view it was massively important that I didn't let my views colour my judgement when it came to recognising good work.
I would cherry pick poetry that included strong language and anti christian views, if it was quality writing.
I know I was known on the site as a Christian but someone who was a fair and unbiased editor.
This long preamble is I feel necessary for what I'm saying next.
The Poem `Jesus is my Friend` by Lord Lucan, a new writer to the site, was recently uploaded.
It was provocative in it's subject, lazy, petty and old hat in it's vitriol.
It had a tight rhyme scheme and the lines scanned, that's was the only good thing, in my opinion, it had going for it.
I was going to leave a comment on the piece itself but I felt it wasn't good enough to warrant a response.
Also, I'm sure even non-christians, would have felt that it was disrespectful for Christians on the site, then I realised how it had probably been written.
A response to those overtly Christian poems,which obviously wound up a writer who had strong opposing views. But instead of a considered and thoughtful response it was just trite, obviously enjoyable for those who are as `anti` but the poem itself was meant to be and was just abusive.
My main problem was apart from the abuse on someone I worship, was that it was not that good.
This `Jesus` with a right wing, fascist thug and murderer, not a true or even clever analogy.
I can't see (and I wouldn't want to see) a `Mohammed is my Friend`, or `Bhudda is my friend` as I said lazy, and cowardly abusive.
Then it was `Cherried`.