I would like to say a few things that will hopefully put people’s reactions into perspective for @brantlymillegan
When you say that homosexual acts are “evil,” you are implicitly saying that the people committing those acts are evil too, because what kind of person commits evil acts day after day other than an evil one? So, people think you believe that they are evil because they express love to their partner in life. The idea that one could be evil for consensually expressing love is deeply hurtful, in a way that you may never be able to truly understand. It is also a problem because labeling someone as evil – dehumanizing people like that – opens the door to “righteous” violence in some deranged people’s minds, so you have to be careful about calling someone or something evil, especially when it is directed at a community that has a history of violence committed against them, and especially when you are in a position of public power/authority.
Now, I believe Brantly has said that he doesn’t believe that people that commit these “evil” acts are evil themselves. That is not how people interpreted the tweets, and I think some clarification on that would have gone a long way. Just a quick “Hey, I do not believe those in the LGBTQ+ community are evil, and I believe you should be treated with love and respect” could have alleviated a majority of the pressure. Instead though, it was doubling down on what was already said multiple times which had the opposite effect.
Brantly’s position as the public leader of the ENS community is inherently one of trust and goodwill, and both categories took a pretty large hit tonight. Action may have to be taken to protect the interests of the ENS protocol and DAO, but I will let other more prominent members chime in on that note. I really just wanted to get my thoughts out in a medium that Brantly has a good chance of seeing.
To close, I just want to say that people generally just want to live their lives and be respected as human beings; not told their love or identity is invalid and/or evil. And honestly, it really isn’t that hard to make the effort to express that you respect others without agreeing with them or their life choices. Whatever happens with this situation and ENS DAO, I hope that Brantly recognizes this and makes an attempt at expressing his own respect for others as human beings.