Bronson, I always admire your even-tempered, thoughtful responses. I'll assume you're correct in your re-phrasing of the original post. I've been puzzled since the first time I saw it because of the heavy editing and "offensive links removed" comments that now appear there.
Still, even as a heterosexual male, I have found many "intimate things" that have needed discussion with my uro-surgeon. I have no idea what his sexual orientation is. If he's a gay man, I still expect him to provide knowledgeable answers. If he's heterosexual, same thing. He's a stranger to me except for those half hour sessions in his office and for the four hours he spent re-arranging my reproductive system. He did good work, and I couldn't care less what he does in p:his private hours.
Although I'm not gay, I share a common anatomy with those who are, so I guess I'm just naïve when I say, in all truth, that I can't understand where prostate cancer treatment becomes an issue of gay vs. straight. So, I'll just pass on that.
But, I'm upset to see words like "bigotry," "prejudice," "hate," and similar terms being tossed around here on HW. I'm also disturbed to see people now promising to no longer communicate with their HW brethren based on one remark which should be weighed in the context of dozens of caring comments. I challenge anyone here to declare that they are without prejudice in some area of life. My concern is whether they allow those prejudices to cross over into actions that are hurtful. I guess it could be argued that refusing to do business with someone because of a prejudice crosses that line, but that gets into issues so complicated that the discussion would require its own forum.
I think the Mods would do us all a favor by locking this thread, or by deleting it all the way back to he original comment. Just my opinion.
Post Edited (clocknut) : 6/16/2014 7:40:52 PM (GMT-6)