During the last couple of weeks, in venues other than this one, I’ve been called a bigot, a hater, close-minded, ignorant, backward, etc.
Maybe I’m too thin-skinned, but that was really starting to bother me. Nobody likes to be called names.
So I want to thank you, my readers, for your recent outpouring of support. Believe me, it helps me to keep going.
No one wants to be unpopular, but I consider myself bound by a duty to tell the truth regardless of whether certain people want to hear it or not. To know I’m not alone is a source of strength to me, and I want you all to know that I appreciate it, big-time.
Maybe someday I’ll be so tough that I’ll be able to wear those epithets as badges of honor. After all, there are a lot of writers out there who have been called worse, and for a lot longer, than I have. I usually tell them that the time to worry is when these people who call them names start approving of them. Physician, heal thyself.
But for the time being, your comments and messages are food and drink to me.
Hey, I’m just an obscure fantasy writer who wants people to read his books. It gets under my skin when someone tells me that he’s got to protect his family from my nasty value system.
But, all things considered, I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do. And you help me keep on doing it. So… thank you!
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“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” -Jesus (Matt 5:11)
Speak truth always. People hating you for it is a sign of work well done. Crowns of Glory await us, brother.
Thank you, brother.
Too many parents need a special guard around to protect the children from those parents. Don’t feel bad about the mistakes of brain bound fools. I have been called, by my own kin,a woman hater, simply because I believe and say that women, being judged by the justice system (whatever that is) should be tried and judged the same as men. I somewhere read a quote which is supposed to come from Aristotle “Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dieing society.” To my mind, the word tolerance should be replaced by indulgence. Anyway, not yet is everyone queer, in whatever way. Some of us still have our wits about us .At least enough to know what will work and what won’t.
Lee, when the world is against you, unpleasant as it may be, you can be sure you are on the right track. I have been called everything but a bird dog for some of my articles, too. I just chuckle to myself and think what a sorry lot they are, approving of the vile and vilifying the righteous. Soldier on, friend; you are doing very well.
A bird dog? I haven’t been called that, either.
Thanks again, Erlene.
The cyber-realm has this odd capacity for empowering people to regress back to grade school and name calling which conveys both immaturity and limited intelligence. Before you think me harsh, I, too, have for years been on the receiving end of same due to articles or commentary at sites where I misguidedly imagined free thought yet existed. We’ll have true cause to fret if the world speaks well of us. Lee, the lack of compromise refreshes we who also have not tossed our moral compass overboard.
What are they worried about us for, anyway? Don’t they control every single sinstitution in the country? (Yes, I know it’s a typo. I’ve decided to let it stand.) Don’t they always get their way? If they’re this angry when they’re winning all the time, what’ll they be like when they’re losing?