The number feels that this has gone beyond preposterous. This all began when I asked the tansy why she was posting on someone else's behalf and never got an answer. Yes, I did get pretty rank about it and there is no excuse for my behavior.
The number has never used the tansy as a "piggy" and this is an odious assertion at the very least. The tansy made the choice to contact others (many others) to tell them all about Trapper (and his minions) without being invited to do so, and how she was doing everything that she could to have him banned. I called the tansy out on this practice and she wouldn't even address me directly and chose to write in circles and vague references.
Now, the tansy is accusing me of creating a rift and using her as a means to do so. She has stated, "Then the number comes back and seeks her next target, whose next Loquat? Could it be you? Will it be Tomi because if he says something this number doesn't like the number will target him. There's you saying, dear number friend in one of your posts, so the number is having an influence on you, how is a stirrer a dear friend?" It takes some extraordinary intention and mental gymnastics to generate these kinds of accusations. What would be the benefit to this behavior? Getting people to choose "sides?" What kind of petulant juvenile thinking is this? This is a debate forum and a place to discuss opposing views, not a game of Red Rover.
At least, Trapper has made no bones about what he does and has the cajones to address someone, specifically, and my choice to not respond is my own. I wrote about shunning because it could be appropriate for others to contemplate for their own peace of mind, not to generate some herd mentality for all to engage in.
If a rift exists, then it is within one's own heart and mind, not by anything that anyone else writes or believes and that is precisely what I had been attempting to articulate about shunning. Why allow someone else to determine how I feel or what I believe? There are very specific passages that discusses this:
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
1 Peter 2:11-16
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.