I have deleted an earlier post today because an anonymous commenter quite rightly took me to task for it. I had been really ticked off about a comment on one of my posts that had nothing to do with knitting or my post, but was just a promotion for the commenter's own blog, which is irritating enough, but the blog had nothing whatsoever to do with knitting. What very understandably chapped my anonymous commenter is that I complained that it was a religious blog. I can SO understand why that would offend someone, and I would like to apologize to her directly, but that's the problem with anonymous comments--I can't. So, here I am. I am apologizing to the knitting internet at large--she was right, I was absolutely wrong, and I wish I could set it straight if I could.
She correctly asked me if I would have been so angry if it would have been a blog about writing, knitting, another type of religion, or by a liberal, and I would say knitting, no. Anything else that is divisive--YES. This is a KNITTING blog. The knitting world is my safe-haven. Now that we're only weeks away from the election, Facebook and Pinterest have become only about divisiveness. Everything else on the internet seems to be about division--this religion over that religion, this political belief over that one. Here in the knitting world we're not liberals or conservatives, Mormons or Catholics or Muslims or whatever. We're just knitters. So, do I still find it offensive that someone would try to promote a religious blog via my knitting blog? Yes--it's inappropriate. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe everyone has to find his or her own way to a spiritual belief--or lack of one--and I hate proselytizing as much as I hate door-to-door salespeople and telemarketers and advertisements. What I think and believe is up to me, and I do not appreciate anyone pestering me or trying to influence me, and for it to happen on my KNITTING blog was my final straw. I did NOT mean to insult anyone's religion or beliefs, but I can absolutely understand that is how I came across.
So, Dear Anonymous,
You were right, I was wrong, and I truly apologize.