I want to stress to all readers Rob Bayn is always my friend no matter where he is. I have been reading some of his critics blogs and they are filled with self righteous hate. Oddly, these gay types talk of the hate within our ranks.
Unlike the rest I am not particularly religious. I do not care who sleeps with whom so long as all participants are consenting adults and I am left off the guest list. I have lived with gay people down the hall and it did not change my life. I have worked with gay professionals who were great friends and helped me learn my craft.
Unlike the high pitched self righteous Snagglepuss in the UK I never considered being gay an epithet. We would have fairly regular commentary from the Weazel calling me gay. I have had that label tossed at me at work with no complaints. In reality I could care less what stupid people think and their labels mean nothing. The dumbest one was Communist Renegade Eye who speculates that I have killed.
Rob and Justin are always my friends wherever they go. We can disagree on the nature of man or if Simon of American Idol deserves a wedgie, but friends do that. I still never quite understood the jumping on the Cowboy bandwagon. Tony Romo should stick to making ribs and keep his girlfriend from wearing a pink jersey. Then again I am a Giant fan and such matters fall into bad taste.
I have nothing but the highest respect for Justin. We may disagree on philosophy but how he gets to any point is interesting.
I feel for a friend caught in between two worlds. All of us struggle with the issues of identity. Long ago I walked away from the religious community for personal reasons. I am not hostile to those who are religious. I am very proud of my brother's work as a clergyman. My identity was more or less independent. I never denied who and what I am. For me it was just simply I am an American and pragmatic. There are those for whom religion is a calling, sadly I am not one.
I am saddened that some of us make way too big of a deal over this on both sides. Rob's gay critics have shown zero class. I want to point out when we found out anti-semite 167 had AIDS we wished him well in spite of his vile hatreds of Jews and America. A real human takes no pleasure out of the suffering of others.
Rob and Justin are always welcome wherever I hang my hat. They are above all people I proudly call my friends.