Elsewhere... another spat, this time over whether or not the Catholic Church is ever "swayed by science." In response to the statement that it doesn't ever seem to be, I said, "The level of ignorance displayed in that statement is truly shocking."
Now, in retrospect, I realize I could've been a lot nicer about that. I could've said, "Why do you feel that way?" Don't think I would've got far with that one, though, especially considering how the conversation proceeded.
I could've said, "My experience and education have shown me the opposite." That is probably the best route to take, as it's a completely encapsulated response, it's all about what I've done.
However, the basic premise -- that the Church is anti-science -- was so off, and the way that it was just casually thrown out there, as conventional wisdom, something that everyone knows and agrees with -- well, that was a gauntlet that needed to be picked up, IMO.
Of course it all went rapidly downhill thereafter, and now I'm a jerk. Again. Whee!
At least I didn't indulge in any ad hominem attacks. That's what gets me. I say something going against the conventional wisdom, and I get jumped on as being rude, inappropriate, intolerant... but nobody takes the time to think at all about what I said. This is exactly the same thing that disturbed me the last time this happened, and clearly I had not learned my lesson. Maybe now, I have, but in this case? Seriously, I was not going to leave that gauntlet lying there. I'm sick of casual Catholic bashing and this was one instance where I could actually speak up, and I did.
Not sorry about that, not one bit. Sad and sorry about how things went from there, yeah. Disappointed.
I'll get over it.