I'm grateful for your thorough and ethically sound peer review of my work. You may very well be correct that I have "been a tad pugilistic." I will add, though, that my remarks are always contextual, and connected to a long history of Mopologetics. Dr. Moore, for example, is relatively new to this scene, and it may be that he's unaware of (e.g.) Dr. Peterson's own problematic behavior on the issue of race: e.g., his posting of lynching photos as a "joke," or his stated admission that he advised interracial couples against marrying because it would be "challenging." Or what about this appalling article from Bill Hamblin?:
Bill Hamblin wrote:Bigotry
All one needs to do to see the bigotry on this board is replace the ubiquitous terms Morg and Morgbot with Kike. Try the following on for size:
“I get mad every time I think about those Kikes. The Kikes are so clannish; and they wear funny cloths. Those stupid Kikes always do what their Rabbis tell them. They think they should be obedient to God. What mindless Kikebots. They actually have 613 commandments; count ’em—six hundred and thirteen. This proves they’re a mind-control cult. You know, Kikes have committed murder and embezzled money. In fact, when a Kike commits murder, it’s because he’s a Kike. There is something about those Kikes that makes them violent. The Kikes are all rich, too. They control the money and politics of New York. Not just New York, they control Hollywood too, and want to control the politics of the entire country. Indeed, they are a threat to freedom and democracy. And their kosher rules are so-ooo stupid. They make me want to gag. Why shouldn’t I eat a cheeseburger if I want to? You can’t get a good ham sandwich in a Kike deli. I want a ham sandwich, and I’m not going to let those Kikes stop me from eating it. I sure hate those Kikes! They drive me nuts.”
It simply won’t do to insist that you’re not really a bigot because what you believe about Mormonism is really true. Anti-Semites honestly think they’re not bigots either–what they believe about Jews is really true: “I’m not bigoted! There really is an international Jewish banking conspiracy.”
This is *still* archived over at FAIRMormon, and it is 2019, which to me says that that organization embraces this sort of rhetoric. Is it "pugilistic" to challenge the Mopologists on the question of diversity, inclusion, ethnicity, and tolerance? Maybe so, or maybe it ought to be done in a different manner. But the fact of the matter is that I remember a long history of really problematic behavior in this arena, for what it's worth. I welcome suggestions on how to approach the matter in a more productive way.