I’ve probably just pissed off a good portion of my extended family with a response to an early morning email from one of my cousins on my mother’s side. Wouldn’t be the first time.
I’ve seen this email already once before over at “One Nation, Under…” and I commented on it there already. It’s one of those propaganda emails that passes around more misconceptions about what is and isn’t allowed in public schools in the way of prayer and religious expression. A lot of what it claims is just flat out wrong, but the truth has never stopped those who have a religious agenda from promoting it in any way they can.
I spent 45 minutes this morning composing a lengthy reply that I just know is likely to piss some of the recipients off simply because I’m daring to argue against something a lot of them believe in, but it’s the sort of thing that I have a hard time just letting pass by without presenting an opposing viewpoint to it. I did a reply to all instead of just replying to my cousin because I felt my views were important enough that everyone who was exposed to the original email should have a chance to read an alternative viewpoint.
That very same thing is what got me in trouble with another cousin from that same side of the family. He had been sending me a number of conservative viewpoint emails for a while that I had largely overlooked as most of them didn’t contain anything I particularly agreed or disagreed with. Then one day he sent me one that I just had to respond to and I made a point to hit the reply all button.
This set into motion a series of emails back and forth between myself and the cousin in question about my response and my decision to send it to everyone the original email had been sent to. The end result of all this emailing back and forth was my learning that I was an arrogant bastard who had no right to send my email to my cousin’s friends whom I didn’t know. The fact that many of those friends responded back to me personally saying they agreed with my viewpoint only seemed to make my offense that much worse in my cousin’s eyes. In the end I told my cousin that if he didn’t want me commenting on the emails he sent me to everyone they had been sent to then he should stop sending me emails in the first place. I can’t respond to something I don’t receive after all. I’ve not received an email from him since. No great loss considering most of them were forwards of the aforementioned conservative propaganda emails which he agreed with.
I suspect this latest effort at speaking out for the opposing viewpoint may have very much the same effect. Especially considering the one cousin I’ve already pissed off was among the list of people the original email was sent to. Oh well, it’s tough being an arrogant bastard sometimes.
So, for anyone else who’s thinking of forwarding me lots of propaganda and chain letter email allow me to offer this tip: If you don’t want me responding to anyone other than you then be sure to place ALL of our email addresses into the BCC line instead of the TO line. Using Blind Carbon Copy will ensure that each person who receives the email will only see your return address and none of the other people’s addresses you sent it to.