I think we've covered this religion topic. I just really wanted to confirm the okay-ness of my actions.
JH: FWIW, I think that you did the right thing -- apparently JD's (and FMF's) intros weren't sufficient to make it clear to people that this was a guest post.
As for the suggestions that this should have been phrased as a question, or presented in some other way, I don't see it that way at all. As I understand it, JD asked FMF to write about his view of how religion and money fit together. And that's what FMF did. Not that I agree with the contents of the post, but it wasn't personally offensive either. I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and said "whatever."
FMF even prefaced his article by saying:
"I’d like to discuss why I think a person’s religion should impact their finances."
How is that "arrogant, offensive and disrespectful"? He's clearly expressing a personal opinion, not stating things as fact and then passing judgment on all who disagree. To me, all the people trashing him without even having read it are being arrogrant and disrespectful. If you're seriously offended by someone expressing an opinion then, well... You need to toughen up. If you disagree with him, then take him on and dismantle his arguments. Frankly, the vast majority of responses were shallow, knee-jerk reactions that weren't all that well thought out.
As an aside, it's fascinating to me how people can respectfully disagree on so many things, but when someone tosses God in the ring, the gloves come off.
Oh well, if nothing else, this post got JD a nice fat link from The Consumerist, where there was an equally divisive "discussion" going on.