I have to make a public apology to a couple of friends. My last post, which I’ve since removed, was not meant to out anyone, defame, or humiliate. I don’t mean to sound like the Godfather, but it wasn’t personal, it was business.
I did not ask for permission to post or quote conversations from Facebook into my blog, and my friends felt like a trust had been broken and betrayed.
I can get shortsighted in the heat of debating ideas. And though I am pretty good at separating the differences in ideas or values from the friendships I’ve formed, I can easily step over the line and hurt feelings when there was no malicious intent.
That’s no excuse for betraying a friend. And for that, I am deeply sorry. I don’t want you to regret sharing your ideas with me or challenging me. I have much to learn from all of you, so please forgive my lack of social graces. I will try to share the passion I have for Liberty and my Faith without slamming those that are closest to me going forward.
3 thoughts on “My Public Apology”
I am at a place where I’ve come to accept that anything posted online is there for public consumption. If these individuals posted something on Facebook, it’s a bit naive to think their words won’t or can’t be used elsewhere. Having said that, I think it very gracious that you set aside your freedom of speech/commentary and removed the post in the interest of friendship. Sometimes we must choose the relationship over the satisfaction of being “right”.
I appreciate your integrity, Tim. That said, Facebook is not exactly a private conversation in most cases. I have thought about cutting-and-pasting some of the thoughts expressed on your Facebook comments for my own blog, as there is little to no expectation of privacy in such comments. Given your thoughts expressed above, though, I will ask before transporting such commentary elsewhere on the Web.
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1 Corinthians 13
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.