First of all, I didn’t post yesterday because I was undergoing a dental proceedure undersedation. I was briefly awake long enough to eat dinner, but that is about it, until about 6:30 this morning.
Next, I’d like to apologize to those who took offense to my analogy. I think it has been explained by now so that everyone knows what I meant, so I won’t go into that, but I honestly did not intend to get anyone angry over it. I also absolutely do NOT equate leather bookbinding with anything about the Holocaust, nor do I think that human and animal lives are equal (though I see it as more of a light grey/dark grey than a black/white thing)
Maybe it was delusional of me to not realize what the result would be, but in all honesty all I was trying to do was come up with an example that everyone would agree was “a bad thing”. I never meant to belittle the events of the Holocaust.
As for the other things that were mentioned on that thread…
I am not “fathomite” nor do I know who was. While the idea of someone defending me is nice, we really don’t need a board war. This isn’t about Fathom or the SDMB.
I don’t own any human skin lampshades.
Leather is not the be-all and end-all of morality for me. Nothing is black and white. Yes, I own some leather bound books that were passed down to me from my family. Their value goes beyond the leather covering. Just because I’m a vegetarian doesn’t mean that I am completely rigid and two dimensional.
I don’t make any judgement against anyone who owns leather books. To me, a large part of what makes something a “sin” is thinking that something is wrong and doing it anyway. If it isn’t wrong for you, then it isn’t wrong for you.
I emailed a few of you off-board, I hope that I didn’t intrude in doing so.