Apologies Over The Years And Across The Miles

My friend Nick Gier, chairman emeritus of the University of Idaho’s Religion and Philosophy Department, wrote this in my support on Moscow’s Vision 2020. I thank him for his kind words and for letting me copy what he wrote onto Prevailing Winds; I’m doing so not because he compliments me, which was very nice of him, but because it gives us an idea of what might spur an apology from Witmer:

“When Chris Witmer learned that I was traveling to Tokyo in December, 2007, he invited me to have lunch with him while I was there. I declined, saying that I was astounded that he thought that I would want to see him after all the nasty things he had said about me and my friends.

In a return e-mail he apologized profusely for any wrong that he had done me, and urged me to reconsider lunch. I answered that I didn’t trust him and that was the end of the matter. If Witmer could apologize to me, then certainly he can apologize to Keely, one of the most eloquent and elegant ladies that I know.

What about it, Chris?? If you were man enough to apologize to me, then you are certainly man enough to apologize to Keely. Of course, it has nothing to do with “manliness;” it has everything to do with being a decent human being.”
Nick Gier, Vision 2020, Sept. 23, 2009

I’ve already forgiven Witmer, and of course I would accept his apology. But I’m not holding my breath, as he’s made it clear to me that apologies are useless; only repentance and seeking forgiveness is possible for the Christian, and I don’t see him repenting of his blogstalking behavior anytime real soon. Life goes on, and in my next post I’d like to discuss another book I’m reading — “Eliminationism: How Hate Talk Radicalized The Right,” which came in the mail yesterday morning.

Timely, eh?????

6 Responses to “Apologies Over The Years And Across The Miles”

  1. Perhaps you can define “blogstalking behavior” and how I, specifically, have done something to you for which I need to repent.

  2. I can’t tell you anything you don’t already know.

  3. Ashwin says:

    You said “I’ve already forgiven Witmer”

    Then please act like you have. You (and your friends) still insist on treating him as some kind of deviant slug and blot on society.

    You attitude is more leftist than it is Christian. It should be the other way round.

    And no, Jesus was not a left-wing radical. He is King of Kings.

  4. The blog has been revamped; since the old format had made its point, there was not really any reason to keep it that way.

    Hopefully if there is any offense it will be solely the offense of the gospel.

    The fundamental raison d’etre of the blog remains unchanged.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Ummm…are you sure Dr. Gier was Chair of the UI PHILOSOPHY (Not Religion and Philosophy) Dept.?
    Simple facts stated incorrectly. What else did you get wrong???

    El Jake

  6. “Simple facts stated incorrectly.”

    OK, I guess I stand corrected. I don’t see how that changes my point any at all.

    And unless the “simple fact, stated correctly” is that your birth name is Anonymous or El Jake, I guess you’ve misstated the simple fact of your first name. Try again, Grasshopper?


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