Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wishy Washy?

I have been accused of being wishy-washy. I don't know if I am, or not. Actually, I don't really think I am, but on the other hand.....

It has been constantly amazing to me to read the responses I receive from time to time from articles in the Rutherford Reader and my blog site (http://dougierants.blogspot.com). Rarely, if ever, do the responses deal with the entire content, intent, or message of the piece itself. They almost always are little snippets taken out of context, which have little or nothing to do with my intentions as the writer of the piece, and therefore makes it very easy to distort the basis of the message.

One response was very interesting. I wrote an article about the Episcopal Church, and why I was leaving. I specifically stated I was leaving because of the church's position on unrepentant sin and remaining true to scripture. The response accused me of hating gay marriage. Oh well! I never mentioned gays or gay marriage anywhere in the piece.

From time to time I write very opinionated articles about politics. Anyone who has followed this column is very aware that I sleep on my right side. I am a card carrying conservative, no doubt. Not necessarily a Republican, mind you, although that is usually the way I vote because there are very few conservative Democrats out there. Not that I am aware of, anyway.

I view liberalism as a true danger to our society. I view political correctness as an erosion of our collective wills. I view secular progressiveness as evil. An honest look around you will confirm that these ideals have dragged our culture down over the years.

Quite frankly, I am allowed to my beliefs and I am allowed to share them with the world, whether people agree with me, or not. I am not such a fool as to believe everyone thinks as I do. And, I am not such a fool as some folks out there would like to make me out to be. The so-called elitists obviously operate at this level of the food chain, too.

Some have called my beliefs absurd. It has been suggested that I am not intellectually capable of developing my own thoughts or theories. It has been suggested (in so many words) that I am nothing but a parrot, expounding other people's ideas. Seriously, that hurts. In a recent response, the writer mentioned Ann Coulter two or three times in a piece that never mentioned her name!

I could go on and on.

Don't get me wrong. I really and truly want feedback. This is all for naught without an exchange of ideas. BUT, most of the time I receive nothing but arrogant criticism based on bits and pieces of information which totally miss the point and intent of the article itself. Tired of it. Don't need it.

So, here's the plan: Rather than enjoying yourself by killing the messenger, why don't y'all read the ENTIRE article, then respond with YOUR ideas. I've already given you mine. If I have a thought and you respond with a thought of your own, then we have TWO thoughts, and we are all much richer for it. But please stop taking things out of context.

There. I said it. And I don't think that was wishy-washy at all. Do you?