From: Don Perrett-VP GPA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Oct 13 2002 - 06:04:36 EDT
I apologize for using the word hatred. I do find it interesting though that
some people would need to point out how many conservatives they know, in
order to justify themselves. You could have just said that you didn't hate
them. Since were naming names, I worked for Rumsfeld long ago. That of
course does not make me an authority on anything. I too resent the tone of
the LIST you gave. Most of the items in themselves are not necessarily
political. But items such as 12, 14 and 18 are directly political. It's one
thing to give an opinion, it's another to point fingers. While those on the
far right, of which I'm not one, may be exteme, but so too are those on the
far left. How you responded was exactly as I expected, since I got the same
feeling from your LIST to begin with. I have no disrespect nor animosity
toward you or anyone who ascribes to liberal views. I do have a problem
however with those that appear to enjoy blaming the woes of life on others,
including political groups, but do not want the same done to them in return.
Basically anyone can call me what they want. I know who and what I am. I
have no insecurities about it. I would sooner offend someone in an attempt
to defend others, as I have done, than to allow anyone to be condemned or
categorized, as the conservatives appeared to have been on your LIST. Point
is, while they may be wrong, they are entitled to their opinions, as are you
and I. If the point of the "study" you are conducting is to understand their
point of view or perhaps the history and evolution of such views, I would
understand. I, personally, could not figure out what exactly you were trying
to accomplish. Judging from some of the other emails on this thread, I don't
think many others did either.
From: John Burgeson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 11:49 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: RE: Traditional Xtianity teaches
>>I would further state that doing so is a VERY narrow view, and shows a
>>much deeper personal hatred for those with opposing views. >>
I have friens of all political and religious persuasions, Don. That includes
Duane Gish, BTW. And Ted Kennedy. To ascribe "deep personal hatred" to me is
an affront, and I deeply resent it.
That there are some folks I might have difficulty with if I met them --
maybe. But outside of, prehaps, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and a few "bad
guys" like that, I really have trouble "hating" any of them.
I think Falwell, Robertson and the like are dead wrong in most of their
political and religious rantings, but I do not hate them. I resent what you
have said about me (aove), but there is no hate in that resentment. I think
Geoge Bush, John Ashcroft and Rumsfield are quite on the wrong page on the
Iraq question, and am inclined to think personally that their posturing is
driven more by politics than anything else, but I do not hate them, and hope
that they are driven at all times by the purest of motives.
I correspond regularly with several fundamentalists, friends of many years.
These friendships are not marred by differing views.
I refuse to look at the world as "us" vs "them."
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