ok, a little background.
Both Jan and I and some of the other CLs have been fighting a battle against evangelist spammers who are trying to sell their particular religious organisation (anti gay, a woman's place is in the kitchen etc etc). DS have deemed that they spammers so they get banned. So far we've seen hundreds (yes, right now it is the most marketed product on DS, out stripping the viagras, diet pills, miracle cures etc).
As a result Jan and I are on alert for strangers who come in and say something like they will pray for us, or ask if someone wants a Christian councillor.
Usually they turn out to be from this organisation - but recently now I'm seeing more and more people who apparently aren't looking for any support, haven't walked the walk but just reply on threads something like they will prey for you, do you go to Church, God has this or that plan for you etc etc. And that is all they do.
On some boards I'm seeing maybe 20% of the replies are religious with no clear relevance to the original topic. I don't know why they are doing it. And I'm now seeing signs this is coming to bipolar. I worry this will swamp the real support given by people with knowledge and experience with bland "I'll pray for you" (and nothing else).
I'm trying to check how you feel about this. I know I'm biaised. I'm an atheist from a fairly secular culture where religion isn't really discussed between strangers. To me it feels like they are pushing their world view. Also I'm generally uncomfortable with posts from people who haven't walked the bipolar walk. I feel it dilutes the real specific help and support we can offer.
To be clear, I have no problem with a bipolar member saying they will pray for me. I don't have a problem of people who think they might have bipolar, or had that diagnosis in the past, or schizophrenia or schizo-affective posting.
So is it just me? Am I being overly sensitive?