Background: Two years ago, I wrote an article for the Willamette Valley (Portland, OR) chapter of the Society for Technical Communication about networking opportunities at the Portland Chamber of Commerce. It’s out there on their web site.
This morning I received an email from some random stranger who apparently found my article and thought that I should be aware of his feelings and that maybe I would pass his idiot message along. I’m tempted to not cut out his name and email address so you can all flood him with fan mail, but I’ll edit it.
Subject: visiting Portland
I would like to find a way to assure the Chamber of Commerce can be made aware of my feelings about visiting Portland. I sent a message through the Business Alliance page, but I also found your newsletter and thought I would send you the message in hope you could pass it on. This is what I wrote:
To whom it may concern,
My wife and I have enjoyed visiting your wonderful city for many years, and make a point of staying downtown for at least one weekend each year. It is with great sadness and disappointment that we will no longer visit Portland, as long as the laws of man, laws of nature, and laws of God are blatantly violated by allowing homosexuals to invade the institution of marraige. Marraige is too sacred and special to be corrupted in this way. I realize our decision may be insignificant to the city, however, I cannot in good conscience financialy support commerce in a city that has become so corrupted and rejects common sense in such a fashion.
[Full Name of Idiot]
Thank you very much.
[First Name of Idiot — what, are we on a first-name basis now?]
– Kate O’