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Re: Sorry I Asked

Posted by: John Stiverson
Date: Friday, 5 June 1998, at 7:10 p.m.

In Response To: Sorry I Asked (ANN)

> For the record, I'm not an anti-Scientology
> crusader...

You have a strange way of showing it by quickly whipping out URL's on the subject and having your own idea of a Scientologist profile at hand.

> Scientologists take it one step further--they
> have driven non-profit, anti-cult groups out of
> business by bombarding them with lawsuits; they
> have assailed journalists and publications who have
> reported on their dubious teachings.

> When Christopher responded to my question,
> he felt compelled to assert that he was "...a
> Jew, if you care..." and said that I might
> as well accuse TCT of being part of some Jewish
> Conspiracy. I found this remark particularly telling
> because Scientologists, when under fire for their
> unorthodox practices, have often compared themselves
> to the Jews who were persecuted during the Holocaust.

Again, you seem to know A LOT about Scientologists, to the point of obsession. How many times do you wash your hands in a day?

> I find it offensive that someone would make
> a charge, however flippant, that I am an anti-Semite,
> just because I voiced dismay about Scientology.
> I'm married to a Jew, if you care.

What? When did he ever charge you of being an anti-Semite, directly or otherwise? You're reading wayyyy too much into what is posted here.

> I always thought that readers and writers have
> a symbiotic relationship...

There's a difference between being frank and being caustic.

> I have supported this site, albeit indirectly,
> by reading it regularly. What would be the point
> of having a site like this if no one read it? The
> writers of TCT contribute to this forum because
> they want and audience--don't they? Why would you
> take part in online publishing if you didn't want
> some feedback?

Writing is a selfish act. Writers do it primarily for themselves. I'm not saying they don't enjoy feedback, but your words were never meant to be constructive criticism and you know it.

> If you're going to be dismissive and snide
> about the comments from your readers, it shouldn't
> surprise you to get some grief in return.

And you also shouldn't expect the authors to sit idly by while you lambaste them and their work.

> Anyway, thanks (I guess) to all of you for
> responding.

C'mon, blast one of the people on this site and you want the other authors to watch you do it and say nothing? They're going to defend their own and you shouldn't expect any less. Look at it from both perspectives.


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