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29 June 2005 @ 01:20 pm
 
Well. This is something I did not expect.

I responded to QAC's request for emails of support for their planned workshop for the Love in Action kids. I emailed LIA and requested, very politely, that they accept QAC's offer. I mentioned that I was a Christian, and said that in emulating Christ, we should lead by example, not force others to follow our beliefs.

Well. The head LIA dude emailed me back. With a very polite email that did not respond to that at all, but which stated that their mission was to convey God's truth, and that there were plenty of other opportunities for their clients to consider alternate viewpoints.

I have to answer. I can't just let that go and make him think he's convinced me. But it's pointless, given that I know I'm not going to convince him. This is his livelihood, and I'm not so naive I think that he'll read my email and give up this destructive mission he's on.

What should I do?
 
 
 
Fenriss: boundfenriss on June 29th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Answer him, pointing out that he didn't address the topic of your email. Know that, although he almost certainly won't get your message, you did what you had to. Than try to let it go. (Knowing you, it's that last part that will be hardest.)

Have I told you lately how much I admire you?
LLL's Heartfelt Wishmuse_neko on June 29th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
It may be useless, but a) it will be worth is to reinforce your opinion and b) it will make you feel better. ^_~
overnighterovernighter on June 29th, 2005 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm extremely impressed that a) you wrote an e-mail so compelling that he responded to you and b) he responded to you.

I might send him one more, thanking him for the time, and reminding him that choices made in a vacuum, without being able to experience alternate points of view.

Play to his (sincere, if misguided) religious beliefs. The Amish allow their children a period of "rumspringa" or "running-around" -- away from the heavy strictures of their sect because they know that a choice made in ignorance is no choice at all. Faith untested is faith unproved. And if he truly believes that he is doing God's work, then his LIA kids should be able to make it through a presentation further unscathed by the so-called "sinners."

Best of luck. And Go you for standing up for what you believe!
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on June 29th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Faith untested is faith unproved. And if he truly believes that he is doing God's work, then his LIA kids should be able to make it through a presentation further unscathed by the so-called "sinners."

i'd say the only flaw in this plan is that, to these people's minds, the kids have already "chosen" and must be "brought back to truth" or some crap. the kids wouldn't have been sent there if they hadn't already expressed tendencies (at least) toward homosexuality, except possibly in the case of extremely homophobic parents. therefore it's not in their (LIA's) best interests to let them be "exposed" any more to alternate choices than they already have.

i'm not going to say "don't try -- people like that never listen," because it's always worth trying, and what overnighter has stated is absolutely true. people have to be free to make their own choices, which can and will lead to at least occasional mistakes and bad decisions, but there's no other way to learn the truth about oneself.

blah, blah, blah... sorry to wax all preachy (pardon the irony there), i'm sleep-depped and don't know whether i'm repeating myself or not.
Dana: i got a diseasethirdsouthobbi on June 29th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
I would say point out to him that the Bible wasn't written by God, but by man, but that probably won't work.

Um... I have no clue. I got into a huge argument with my old youth leader about abstinence.