Donnie Mac Leod wrote:
If people consider dog as a part of their diet I will not be telling those folks that they stop eating dog. I consider such dictatorial edicts to be a serious threat to individual freedom of choice.
This is the sort of insight he offers to debate.
This is exactly
my point... in this case Donnie is expressing his personal opinion. It may be completely offensive to your ethics or personal beliefs, and it may be completely antithetical to everything that the AR/Welfare/etc. community stands for, but it is not
a personal attack against you. There are millions of Donnies in this world (and worse) who are, in fact, the types of people you are fighting against.
This forum exists specifically so that the Donnies and the PhantomUKs of the world can come together and DISCUSS issues, perhaps learn from each other, and maybe (just maybe) come to some common understanding.
I am not endorsing Donnie's statements nor his beliefs. I am giving him and you a place to express your beliefs and discuss them
. The tricky part that requires maturity is being able to discuss differences of opinion without it erupting into war. Don't you see that?!? If we can't come together with people we disagree with and have some constructive dialogue, then you end up with a Bush-style Crusade (for the dense, I am referring to the Crusades
) in Iraq and elsewhere, attempting to use war to convert people to our way of thinking.
If you (or anyone else) can't or won't participate in this type of discussion, then you should, in fact, leave.