Christianity.SE is IMO very different from other SE sites, because its subject is religious, and thus very prone to antagonistic viewpoints (like mine). I obviously expected my opinion to be not welcome there:

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But I've been noticing also that my comments are disappearing (the post itself was also deleted). So, are antagonistic viewpoints welcome on SE sites like Christianity.SE?

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    Comments aren't expected to stick around
    – random
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:12
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  • @random I personally didn't see anything egregious in my comments, but I am not asking why the comments were deleted. That statement is there to support the question.
    – anon
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:17
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    It's times like these that I pine for the good ol' "Subjective & Argumentative" close reason...
    – Shog9
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:33
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    Of the two questions you had that received the most downvotes, one asked a question that was not backed by the information you cited, and the other was phrased in a way that insinuated that Christians are more gullible. They were bad questions, plain and simple. Sep 27, 2011 at 23:02
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    FWIW, I think that religious based sites should welcome opposing or non-conformist views, as long as it leads to robust and measured discussion. Anything just thrown in there as a troll should be eliminated.
    – slugster
    Sep 28, 2011 at 0:48

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I'm not a friend of organized religion, have nothing invested in Christianity.SE and probably never will, but what's the point of participating in a Christianity related site if you're an atheist?

It's like being fundamentally, totally opposed to every aspect of programming but still participating in Stack Overflow (or programmers.SE). It doesn't work.

As far as I'm concerned, unless one intends to contribute something truly constructive, one should not contribute to the religion sites at all.

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    Seems like a good way to learn about an unfamiliar religion.
    – Pops
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:51
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    Preaching to the choir. Sites like Christianity.SE are a honeypot for this, though.
    – user149432
    Sep 27, 2011 at 23:01

Writing on the wall

So you didn't expect your opinion to be welcome, observed that your opinion was not welcome, and you've now come here to ask us if your opinion is welcome?

Oh, what the hell. Yes, your opinion is welcome. Because SE sites luuuuurve opinions. There's even a close reason that mentions them, because we want them so badly. The more antagonistic, the better. Nothing we want more than some good ol' content-free flame-wars - this "useful Q&A" shtick just gets so boring! Please, jump on the next new SE site you see and share some opinions.

Or, y'know, read the FAQs, note the response that posting flame-bait garners, and adjust your behavior accordingly.

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    @Null: you could argue that. But you didn't. In fact, your entire question could work pretty well as an answer to your question. I'm honestly not sure why you even bothered to ask; did you expect someone to say, "Yes, C.SE is different - unlike every other SE site, we want lots of arguments there".
    – Shog9
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:37
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    That is kinda what I am asking. Do we? Sep 27, 2011 at 22:39
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    No. Good grief man, if it devolved into that, we'd just kill it. After three years of telling folks that we don't want holy-wars and that SE is a poor fit for discussion, why would we build a site purely for that purpose? The closest we've ever come would be Programmers, and that was... "redirected" right quick if you'll recall...
    – Shog9
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:43

Your question is based on a flawed premise.

In the comments, random linked to a meta discussion for Christianity.SE that clearly spells out why comments are being deleted: it's not about you having antagonistic viewpoints, but about keeping the site clean of off-topic and tangential discussions.

You link to a screenshot of downvotes you've received: you have no proof that people are downvoting you because you have an antagonistic viewpoint. You could have just as easily been downvoted because people view your posts to be wrong or not useful. This isn't Reddit: merely having an opinion doesn't mean people should or will up-vote you.

It's easy to dismiss negative feedback as "oh these people are just trying to supress my viewpoints", but I guarantee you will find Stack Exchange more enriching and rewarding if you take the negative feedback you received, consider it given in good faith, and see how you can improve on what you've been doing.

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