This was the entirety of the second call we got yesterday:
Russell: “Corey in Schenectady, NY.”
Jeff: “Hi Corey!”
Russell: “Hi, how are you?”
Corey: “Hi. Uh, first thing’s first… this is to Jeff Dee, I don’t care about your opinion, nor do I respect it, so…”
Russell: “Oh okay, thanks for calling.” [click]
So hey, guess what, we get email!
My name is Corey and I called yesterday. I said that I did not care about, nor respect, Jeff Dee’s opinion. I was calling just to speak with Rusty, and I should have been clear about that from the beginning. I do not know what the point of hanging up was though? Russell said I could call back if I apologized? I don’t know how that would change my perspective on Jeff? So, for what it’s worth, if you felt that I was rude…I apologize
Ah, the classic notpology! Not only do we get the typical “I’m sorry if you were offended” line, but he even thought it would help make his point if he gave me a cute nickname! We didn’t answer, so a few hours later he wrote again.
Hi! I e-mailed you early this morning and it was a little sarcastic. I really want you to know that I truly apologize for being rude yesterday; saying “I don’t respect Jeff’s opinion.” The point I wanted to make was that God exists whether or not you believe. I do not owe you proof for God’s existence nor does God. It is your choice to believe or not believe. Besides if you are looking for proof, what are you looking for anyway? A burning bush in your backyard, a talking turtle or a billboard on the highway that reads HI RUSSELL THIS IS GOD. LET’S TALK? Seriously, why do you demand proof when the rest of the world has to believe by faith? What makes you so different?
The rest of the world shouldn’t believe by faith. No one should believe anything they don’t have evidence for.
That’s your opinion…
Are you ever going to write anything of more substance than that?
Why so you can try to pick apart what I say? Why don’t you have that coward who hung up on me yesterday (Russell) e-mail me? This is my last email anyway to you that is.
So I wrote:
When I heard your first line on the phone, I thought maybe it wouldn’t be productive to talk to you because you might turn out to be an arrogant, self-absorbed, trash talking jackass.
None of the messages you’ve sent so far, including your first not-pology, have made me second guess that initial hunch. I am delighted to have hung up on you, and I would do it again.
I’ll go ahead and let Corey have the last word on this one, as he can pretty much speak for himself.
You would gladly hang up on Me again, because you are a coward. Trust Me, you don’t want Me on your show. Please answer Me this and I will leave you alone. Question: Why is it o.k. for you guys to insult the intelligence of your callers, and be condescending, and belittle them. But when I do it to you I’m a jackass? Furthermore, apologizing will not change my perspective on Jeff Dee. I did not use profanity on your show and if I was rude, you were also for hanging up. I don’t expect an apology from you anyway. This is my last e-mail unless you answer my questions. God exists! A truth un-refuted remains the truth… And God nor I owe you anything! P.S. I did apologize. It may not be the apology you wanted, but nevertheless… I apologized.