ALL REGISTRANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO REGISTER

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ALL REGISTRANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO REGISTER

Postby Schwartzritter » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:33 pm

All potential members must be at least 18 years of age to register for the forum. Anyone discovered to be below the age of majority upon registration will immediately have his or her account banned.


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Should a member be discovered to be a minor at the time of registration be over the age of majority at the time of discovery, temporary or permanent bans may still be issued depending upon the member's record of posts. The Community takes such deception very seriously and the Staff will act appropriately.
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Re: ALL REGISTRANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO REGI

Postby Schwartzritter » Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:34 pm

Due to recent events involving former members discovered to have violated this protocol and the criticism of the policy, this statement endeavors to clear up the reasons behind the Aquarian Community Forum's decision to institute this policy.

The decision to undertake any religious path is a deep and personal commitment that demands a degree of forethought, consideration and maturity. Time is required to take into account all of the issues involved in such a decision. While a person may mature physically before reaching the age of majority dictated by various laws, this does not automatically confer mental or emotional maturity. Likewise, until a person reaches the age of majority, the minor is still the legal ward of a parent or guardian, who has absolute authority in the minor's life. The Aquarian Community Forums and the Church of the Elders will not get involved in a religious dispute between a parent and child.

In our prior experience, parent-child conflicts become the foreground of issues with such members and due to the rights that parents understandably possess under the law, there is nothing the Aquarian Community Forums or the Church of the Elders can do to solve these problems. Our blanket advice, as previously stated, is to seek out a counseling professional. Rather than become involved in a losing battle, we have chosen to institute this policy of excluding minors from membership. Once a person has reached the age of majority in his or her region, this is no longer an issue.

There is no great mystery behind the locked doors here at the Aquarian Community Forums. The policy for excluding minors is to prevent the community from becoming embroiled in family conflicts and compels those so affected to seek out professional assistance for such matters. Professionals can resolve such issues whereas a humble internet forum and online religious establishment cannot do so. For any inconvenience this may generate, it is a win-win for all involved. Troubled minors now know to seek counseling or professional assistance. Parents know that we will not interfere with their parenting decisions and the Aquarian Community Forums will not be disrupted with events that can easily spin out of control and become legal issues.

We appreciate your understanding in this decision and the institution of this policy.
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