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Hi Crazy and thanks for highlighting this message from WonderNet - I deleted another little toxic posting from WonderNet this morning which was blatantly homoprejudiced. The current posting is about language and for that reason I decided not to delete it - we need to resolve the issue of Afrikaans on our forum once and for all (see my responses to previous posts #459 and #461, and especially #443).
We have eleven official languages in South Africa. If we encourage Afrikaans we need to allow equally for Isizulu, Isixhosa, Tshivenda, Xitsinga, Sesotho, Siswati, Setswana, Sepedi and IsiNdebele - which is simply not feasible. If we expect people speaking these languages to post in English we can surely expect Afrikaans-speaking people to post in English as well. I am not in any way discriminating against Afrikaans, but this forum will not tolerate discrimination against any of the other official languages mentioned above.
We may not share a common language but we have something else more significant in common - we're a minority group because of sexual orientation issues. Surely that is more important, and the very reason for this forum's existence, than our diversity of language.
This is an English-medium forum and while I am associated with it I will not encourage Afrikaans and will expect everyone to at least attempt to express themselves in English. Disrespectful visitors, such as WonderNet, are not welcome here unless they show due regard for other languages, in the same manner that we expect regard for our sexual orientation.
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