DeWalt wrote: Erik wrote:
DeWalt wrote:[quote="Erik"]Just stop. You only typed that because you are stirring the pot, you dick. You don't know anything about us and adding the 'I have friends that are...' does not qualify you as to having the answers and knowing between the rights and wrongs of that group of people.
Hmmm... Name calling.
Is everyone allowed to do that, or just you?
Does that bother you? Kinda like how you told me that people who face prejudices are whiny that choose to have self-inflected victim mindsets? How would you feel if I called you a classic, self-righteous zealot that is all a know-it-all bigot? How does that make you feel?
Doesn't really bother me, to be honest. And it's because you don't know what you're talking about.
By the way, can you find the quote where I told you that "people who face prejudices are whiny..."? Thanks!
All through this, I've made it perfectly clear that I would be the one to defend you, or go out of my way to help you, or treat you with equality. I've made it perfectly clear that I do not view you, nor would I treat you, as my enemy. Because I don't believe you are. I believe you are my equal - neither above or below me. But my equal. That
is why I am opposed to hate-crimes legislation. It separates, classifies, and prejudices people.
You, on the other hand, have been openly hateful to me, you claim that you are praying for ill to befall me, and for me to suffer. That's pretty nasty.[/quote]
DeWalt, I was over the top. Â When this discussion comes up, a strong flow of emotions (some unreasonable) comes up that interferes with my ability to reason with people. Â Most of the time, I am a stand up - easy to talk to kind of guy. Â I am doing very well career and education-wise as well as my interpersonal skills are normally very sharp. Â I have a strong sense of empathy for people and will go out of my way to do things for friends and colleagues for many different reasons. Â When it comes to this, I simply become too schizophrenic to have any chance of a reasonable debate. Â There is a real reason for this, and one that really sucks... But one that only I can overcome and must overcome. Â A reasonable person would not expect what I am expecting when it comes to this conversation or the end result of this debate. Â I really have to learn to simply stop and re-adjust my gears as I simply am not capable of handling this conversation at all!
That said, I am sorry to both you and S33.