Essay talk:My Letter to a Bigot
- He is not the one who would rather silence those whom he disagrees with than engage in open debate. --NoPetrol (talk) 17:39, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
Katz writes simplistic polemic against what he regards as extreme liberal views, he does not defend it well, and I don't have any respect for his opinions. Nothing in what he wrote compels me to label him as a "great thinker" in general. Within his own fields of specialty maybe he is this really smart effective guy who should have been left where he is. It is true that he's had quite a few publications. It is also true that none of his weird views seem to be related to the oil spill. So OK, maybe some dumb people signed a petition and got someone kicked off a committee he'd just been appointed to, and they shouldn't have done that.
That said, this: "perhaps putting my name here was a bad idea, what with homosexual activists' habit of going after the careers of people they disagree with", especially when "This essay is an original work by Michael Kossin." is at the top of the essay, doesn't fill me with respect for you either. It seems like just a random bitter jab against gay rights activists, based on some kind of stereotype that transcends this one event that ticked you off.
You are aware that most of us don't waste all our time playing PC police, right? Last year I spoke with an 18 year old who told me "I love my dad, but the first thing he did when I came out was to threaten me and my boyfriend with a shotgun." I have a really big problem with that, and a really big interest in gay rights, but obscure nutty physicists like Katz are pretty irrelevant to my "activism".