Comments Policy

Note: The Mennonite, Inc., is currently reviewing its Comments Policy. During this review, commenting on new articles is disabled. Comments that were previously approved will still appear. Comments on older articles can continue to be submitted for review in accordance with the policy below.

This is the official comments policy for users of The Mennonite, Inc.’s websites and other social networking tools. As part of our function to serve as a forum for the voices of Mennonite Church USA, we believe the purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue. As such, respectful criticism is welcomed; comments should focus on others’ ideas, not motives, character or faith.

Just as a we do with opinion pieces and letters to the editor, we reserve the right to moderate comments and choose those comments that appear. Comments do not appear until they approved, and are moderated during our regular office hours.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Anonymous comments are not accepted. Writers must sign the post with their first and last names.
  • Commenters may only write two times per post.
  • Any comment that is deemed obscene, libelous, defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved.
  • Comments containing profanity or name-calling are not approved.
  • Comments are limited to 150 words or less. Want to write something longer than that? Submit an op ed or an online letter to the editor for consideration.

Comments represent the author only and do not reflect the views of The Mennonite, Inc., its staff or its board.