Is this hate mail?

I received two anonymous email messages from the same person just a few moments ago. Since it’s my lunch hour, I should probably respond.

Once again, I have become a “you people.” This, for the unstudied, is a term of derision used by those who believe they are on the correct side of an argument or disagreement, as opposed to those of us whom they believe to be just plain wrong.

My anonymous friend, whom we will call Starfish, because I cannot determine his/her gender, had this to say:

Are you people for real? Do you just sit around all day and think of ways to be mean and sarcastic? I mean, who cares what religion you are, as long as you enjoy your life and are happy with where you are. Why do you get so much enjoyment picking on LDS people? Why not Jews, Catholics, Presbyterians, etc? Or, maybe I should just do my research, because maybe you do. Why can’t people just be respected for what they believe and leave it at that? You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to, but that doesn’t mean you need to lash out, berate, make fun of, or twist everything that is every said or published. If that is the only enjoyment you receive in life then I am sorry for you. I’m sure your parents, whom you have already made fun of for serving a mission, are proud! And if you have issues with your parents, which many of us do, me included, why is that the fault of the church? He’s a big man, he made his own decisions. If you have a beef with him, by all means let him know, but quit being so damn mean about everyone and everything inbetween.

Yeah, I guess it’s hate mail. I’m just mean, mean, mean. Mean about everyone and everything in between–in between WHAT I don’t know.

See, Starfish, you are wrong. I do not write about everything that is said or published. However, like you, I have opinions and I have the right to state them, as do you. The only difference between YOU and ME is that I sign MY posts and opinions with a name, and don’t hide behind anonymity.

Oh, and since you pretty much DARED me to write about you, I figured you must really want me to. Here’s your fifteen minutes in the limelight. Too bad you didn’t have enough courage to sign your NAME to your missives, so that you can enjoy it.

Here’s the SECOND email Starfish sent me.

That wasn’t hate mail. . . that was just honesty. It is sad that someone can be honest with you in the nicest way possible and still you treat them like dirt on your website. Reveling in being mean and sarcastic. It’s called constructive criticism, babe, doing your ‘research’. You as a writer should know about those things but all your words do is show that you can’t take it.

I can’t wait to see what you say about me.

Who was being honest with me in the nicest way possible? Whomever are you talking about? IS THIS DICK?? Are you writing me BACK Dick? You think I’m a BABE? Well, hell, if I knew it was you I would have just sent my response to your email address, which I have because you emailed me TWICE before, only that time you did not choose the anonymous route. Um, and just so you know, it’s all your fault. After all, you told me I was being too nice.

See folks, being nice is overrated anyway. I’ve been nice all my life. Last time I was nice Dick accused me of sugarcoating my experience with the Mormons. Well, hello! I’m not sugarcoating it anymore. I just tell it like it is.

I can’t win with Mormons. The only way I COULD win is if I just threw up my hands in the air and said, “okay, okay, I know this Church is true, it’s the only true Church, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, yada yada.” Of course, once I FINALLY figured that out I stopped trying. And then my blog became fabulously popular, and people began offering me millions of dollars for my opinion, and Oprah called, too. Okay, only the part about people reading my BLOG is true. But the other things could happen!

Pssst. Hey, did you hear? Dick/Starfish called me BABE! Is that a term of endearment or of derision? I choose endearment. It must NOT be hate mail….


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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2 Responses to Is this hate mail?

  1. Trail Seeker says:

    I found your site through Rfm, I don’t see “hate” in starfish’s letter. Hate is a harsh word and I don’t see that here, I see persecution complex in full action though and if he/she is offended, he/she has the right to not read your blog.

    Starfish, she is most likely angery at an institution that caused her harm, the Jews, Catholics, etc didn’t cause her pain like this, so she most likely is lashing out against the church for that reason. In my case I was raised to believe in a lie, that is a painful relization to deal with.


  2. Anonymous says:

    You say you can’t win with Mormons. I disagree. I’ll tell you how you can win:

    Accept that fact that good, sincere people have a heartfelt, genuine, unshakeable faith in the LDS religion that enriches their lives immeasurably. Accept that this faith is often the result of experiences that, whatever you may believe, are defined by those who have them as “spiritual” and are as deeply felt as any human experiences can be.

    I don’t mind that you aren’t Mormon, or that you don’t believe Joseph Smith was a prophet. I won’t try to tell you you’re wrong, or deceived, or whatever. I won’t try to tell you you can’t find peace outside the LDS church. You need to make up your own mind about these things. And I respect your decision.

    I’m a mamber of a bishopric. I deal with name removals on a regular basis. I wish individuals who leave nothing but peace and happiness in whatever path they take. I am sad that my religious affiliation with them has come to an end when they leave the church, but my feelings shouldn’t be their burden to bear, so I keep them to myself.

    It’s my sincere hope that anyone who leaves the LDS church does so with a clear conscience and a sense of peace and relief, knowing that they have made the right decision. And I hope that they bear no ill will toward the church.

    I’m saddened by your angry, mocking criticisms of Mormons. If you could let down your guard, you would realize that many Mormons find their religious experiences pure, true, and valuable beyond measure. And you’d understand that your anger and disbelief doesn’t make their religion any less real, beautiful, or meaningful to them. And you’d be happy for them, for the peace that they’ve found, and move on with your life, finding your own peace your own way.

    I wish you the best and hope you find happiness. Want to know how you can “win” with the Mormons? Wish us the same.


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