What I meant is, if you believe that hunting (or carrying an antivivisection sign or wearing a fur coat or splashing fur coats with blood or driving an enormous SUV or slashing the tires of an enormous SUV) makes the hunter "scum", isn't that really just a statement of your opinion? An opinion that's just as valid as the next guy's.
Also, I do think there is a difference bertween saying "YOU are scum" and "hunters are scum". But, that's jmo.
And where's that slippery slope end? If I said, "you are an asshole" that is expressing an opinion, but it is also a personal attack (I don't think you are, btw!). I think that anyone looking at this rationally can say that the claim that "hunters are scum" in a forum where you know that at least some of the people you are addressing are hunters is a bit over the line.
I recently made a post where I said that corporations or whalers (I forget which) who violate the law are scum. That may not be quite over the line, but it is pretty close and I should have known better. We all make mistakes sometimes.
I apologize for jumping in without being clear with what I meant. I have been reading, off and on, for a little while and have seen that some people seem to want to be nasty just to be nasty. I'm sorry I joined in.
Thanks for the warning.
Thank you for being cool about it.