In the hopes of helping this matter to die, concerning Will's emails, I will simply say this:
I believe Will that he has never sent an email with the intention to cause problems for my career. I am very confident that that this was never his objective. Can unfounded concerns raised by people have a negative consequence for people in my profession, absolutely, so I was bothered, yes.
However, for the record, I am in no way concerned that Will's exchanges with BYU and Maxwell Institute scholars will in anyway limit my professional opportunities as a religious educator. People know me, and know were I stand. If anyone ever had a concern, it would be quickly alleviated if they were to attend even a few moments of one of my classes.
Will's emails were simply not that big of a deal (nor do I believe he intended them to be). I was simply frustrated by the issue and Will's refusal to accept both my explanation and my personal offer to "bury the hatchet" on this matter.
With this issue somewhat fresh on my mind, I reacted to Will's comment:
"What you fail to understand is that I am not the only one who is watching. How tragic when aspirations and possibilities draw further and further apart, without us even being aware ... "
Whether or not Will intended the "others" who were watching that might limit my "aspirations and possibilities" to reflect those involved in his exchanges, that was certainly the way I read his post. I'll accept his explanation that this was not his intent.
I will not add to this drama by posting public email exchanges and ask all others to simply let the issue drop. It will not have any effect upon my career, nor do I believe that Will intended to cause problems for my professional "aspirations."
I hope this clarifies, for this is my final word on the subject.