I'm trying to assume good faith, but this really seems like an ill-conceived commentary about religion.
this is not a site for Bible scholars, this is a site for SF aficionados.
That's right, it's not a site for Bible scholars, so why would questions about the Bible be on topic?
- If I'm a conspiracy theorist, can I treat the Warren Commission report as speculative fiction, and therefore ask on-topic questions here?
- What about Darwin's On the Origin of Species, if I'm a creationist?
- Or how about Einstein's work, if I'm an anti relativity crank?
I think we'd all agree these are off-topic here on the basis that they're labeling works as fiction to promote a personal bias about said works' topics.
If someone is actually interested in understanding the Bible and Noah's flood (or the accuracy thereof), we have at least two (if not four) sites that have experts on the subject:
In fact, they have all dealt with issues related to the flood with respect to the original work and to those who believe:
When we have so many sites on the network that deal with religious issues, I don't know where SciFi.SE fits into Stack Exchange's expertise on Biblical matters other than to say "haha the Bible is a fraud lol! So brave!"
That is, to label the Old Testament or the Bible as fantasy or science fiction is patently offensive to Jews and Christians; and the implication that all religious works should also be considered as such is offensive to even more groups.
And we went almost a full year without this ever coming up or anyone thinking this was remotely appropriate. Now that the site has graduated, is this how we want to use our new place on the network: to offend countless people by labeling their principal guiding work fantasy or science fiction?
I know I don't. Let's avoid making genre judgements about the veracity of at least a billion people's religious beliefs and leave questions of faith and the Bible to the sites that are equipped to handle them with respect, context, and expertise.