After reading my response in the cold, sober light of the following day, I have to confess to being horrified at the level of aggression in my reply. I sounded a bit like a angry ranting mad man – not a great way to debate an issue. I am embarrassed and a little ashamed of some of the comments I made and I was actually going to take the post about it down, but then I decided that would have been too easy – this blog is supposed to be warts & all – well that was a wart. So I decided instead to send the guy another email. Here it is:
I apologies for my response yesterday I went too far and let my anger and upset at your article get the better of me resulting in some sweeping inflamatory statements that were entirely unnecessary. It felt like your article was like an attack on who I am and my reaction was to attack back which was wrong. I would usually sleep on it before replying to something like that, but for some reason I didn’t do that and I wish I had. I stand by a lot of what I said, but the way in which I said it was not acceptable and I apologise for that.
The sticky subject of religion and homosexuality will I think always remain a contentious one. I’ve been very let down and I supposed scarred by religion, so I am left with a very dim and rather bitter view of it. I do believe in live and let live and I know a lot of people get a lot of comfort from religion and for that reason it is a good thing. It is just a shame that religion is unable to offer all people the same comfort, security and acceptance.
Once again, my apologies for the aggressive tone of my email yesterday and for some of the comments. We will however have to agree to disagree on the subject of homosexuality.