Most of us are familiar with the words of Jesus spoken in the Sermon on the Mount, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)
Here in the West, we don’t experience much physical persecution, but some of us do have quite a few enemies because of the religious and moral stands we take. And so, as 2011 comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to express my heartfelt sentiments to those who might consider me their enemy.
Of course, all of us who engage in public discourse will receive our share of hate mail, especially if we tackle controversial issues, and isolated expressions of hatred and anger are to be expected.
For example, one pro-pedophile reader was not happy with my article about the alarming push for pedophile rights, writing: “Go and [expletive] yourself you uneducated [expletive] for brains. You are a brainwashed fool who knows absolutely nothing about the topic of human sexuality. Views like yours are going the way of rocking horse droppings whether you like it or not. . . . You would have to have [expletive] between your ears not to realise this. Oh please, just put a gun to your head and spare society from your evil propaganda.”
Some readers took exception to my articles about Rush Limbaugh, sending me comments like these: “You’re an idiot. You throw words out there without listening to your target for more than 10 minutes.” And, “What’s your angle here you moron; by the way who are you, never heard of you and never will read anything from you again. Another 4th string writer taking a shot at Rush. . . . I can only assume your motivation is via money ‘under the table’ being sent to you. Good luck to you Pal; perhaps you should start looking at retiring.” There was even one reader who accused me of being a “foolish brain dead liberal.”
But these are isolated emails as opposed to concerted and consistent attacks. In contrast, with my outspoken opposition to many of the goals of gay activism, such attacks from LGBT readers are hardly isolated, and quite understandably so.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.