UWorthy, Aemilius; Son of Buddha is I think a Pure Lander, he's not a Nichiren buddhist. I'm glad you liked that thread on Sutras 'must we take them literally' The Lotus Sutra is pretty clear about parables such as the "burning house", "magic city" etc but the Eternal Buddha in chapter 16 isn't presented as a story rather reality. As for Ikeda, well he substitutes his opinions for the Sutra, Nichiren, Zhiyi, Saicho etc...not a good sign, which is why I stick to the classics
I do agree about politeness and civility. In my school only the priests must do shakubuku. Laypeople like me are supposed to be studious and pious. I try to be both and when in a forum discuss things in a rational and thoughtful and peaceful manner.
Actually I read and take the view too that Never Disparaging did forceful shakubuku as he made people so angry and never stopped! After the 5th person getting furious and physical you know very well you're upsetting people and have the choice to stop or continue. Bodhisattva Fukyo continued. Something to think about.
As for forceful shakubuku there is precedent in the Sutra: From chapter 3 The Parable of the Burning House
If there be those who don�t believe,
And who slander this Sutra,
They thereby sever all
Worldly Buddha seeds.
Or if, with a scowl,
They harbor doubts and delusions
You should listen now,
As I sepak of their offense-retribution:
Whether a Buddha is in the world,
Or has entered into extinction.
If there be those who slander
A Sutra such as this one,
Who, seeing others read or recite it,
Copy it out or uphold it,
Scorn, despise, hate and envy them,
And harbor grudges against them,
As to their offense retribution,
Listen now, once again:
These people at life�s end
Will enter the Avichi hell
For an entire aeon.
At the aeon�s end, born there again,http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/reso ... lotus3.htm