- Category: Cake Recipes
- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2011 13:04
- Written by Shawn Landis
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I am upset. If the reader wonders why I am using the first person, it will become clear enough. I have a common enough name that many other people have it. What disturbs me is when someone else decides to associate my name and his with someone whose viewpoints I find immoral and associates my name with viewpoints I vehemently disagree with.
Shawn Landis, Jesus Person, has a post that appears on a website owned by Doctor Michael Brown several years ago. The post, which can be found here, is not the problem. A simple appeal for religious people to be more active in their church does not bother me. Posting things on a site that has come out in defense of Uganda's vehemently anti-Gay policies greatly bothers me. The same site sells a book called “A Queer Thing Happened to America”, an attempt at an investigative report and a book that seems to be largely anti-gay. (I have not yet managed to read it).
I am sure Shawn Landis, Jesus Person finds my activity on the Internet just as problematic. My own background in an extremely conservative religious environment makes me sympathetic to his plight. At the same time, I would not associate my name with such extreme people, even if I agree with their overall goals. I understand you may have had the article posted on Doctor Michael Brown's website without your permission. The same thing has happened to me. I understand you may have asked him to take the article down and he has not complied. Even if you agree with Doctor Michael Brown's goals, do you really want your name associated with this man? Are you even happy that some people may think you are an Ex-Mormon because of my past Internet activities?
As someone who believes in free speech, I do not wish to stop you or Doctor Michael Brown from espousing their view points, even if I disagree with them. What I want is for you not to associate my name with such extremists. It is not always obvious, until you read posts from both of us, that you and I are not the same person. I am not asking you to stop doing the work that you feel is important. I'm asking you to think about who you choose to work with. I personally do not want to defend myself against accusations of working with this man. Even if he had not taken such extreme positions, I wouldn't want to associate myself with anyone who attempts Jewish Evangelism.