You have extended to me the olive branch so how could I reject it? But allow me to express my perceptions--which you may think are wrong and I will accept whatever you say about your own posts.
I don't consider myself a traditionalist and I don't understand why you insist on considering yourself "normal Orthodox." Either label to me seems provactive. And I furthermore don't know why you insist on calling me Dustin when I identify myself as Anastasios. It's just simple things like this that make me wonder sometimes.
Look buddy, I don't have anything against you personally. I just feel like sometimes you feel threatened when anyone criticizes the OCA [and my pet peeve is anyone calling the Old Calendarists "schismatic" without elaboration]. What got me bothered in the start was when we had the debate about reception of converts and you made it out like the situation was easy to understand and resolved. I get annoyed at oversimplication, which I perceive in your posts. Here is one more example. You say that the Old Calendar jurisdictions are content to be in communion with the New Calendar jurisdictions, etc., and do so without protest. But when the Church of Greece adopted the new Calendar, Pat. Photios of Alexandria protested, as did the Patriarch of Antioch. To this day there are those who protest against ecumenism such as Patriarch Diodoros of blessed memory. He went to the Old Calendarist monastery of Sts Cyprian and Justina and praised their work in 1987. The text of the speech he gave is on orthodoxinfo.com. That is just an example. If you would say that "most people don't seem to care" or "the jurisdictions seem to have resolved this discrepancy without comment" etc, would have not set me off. But to say that no one seems to care which calendar the other uses based on their not breaking communion with one another strikes me as inaccurate and not doing justice to all of the facts. But you know what, I am sure that there is a style of posting that I present that annoys many. I strive not to be partisan but there are many times when I fail.
That some people feel they will feel agitated by me if they post x, y, or z is something I am well aware of. There are posters who inform me of this from time to time. But when I was an avid ecumenist there were people who were afraid to post here; now that I am not an avid ecumenist there are people who are afraid to post here. What can I do? I post what I believe but there are people who tell me that I am fair. I have my (strong) personal opinions but when have I censored debate on this? I restrained myself from debate on this issue earlier based on my belief that I would not be able to say what I believe in a non-polemical way. I came out of the background because I felt that you were using your position as "normal" to win debate points. I fail to see how traditionalists are not normal for instance. However, I do not lable myself a traditionalist. I believe in the Orthodox faith.
Let me put myself out on the line just so you can see that I am "for real" as some like to say. I think many traditionalists are overly provacative. I think some are outright annoying. Some are just plain ignorant. But I see this attitude prevalent in many "non-traditionalist" circles as well. I just went to the Kishkovsky lecture at SVS and was highly offended by what he said about "traditionalists." It betrayed an utter lack of familiarity on his part with the aims of "traditionalists." But I do not see myself as a "traditionalist."
Why did I adopt what appears to be a "traditionalist" point of view? Two reasons. One, I am a totally vile sinner who no longer believes he has the right to question the traditional practice of the Church. Two, because I believe ecumenism interferes with mission and evangelism, a conclusion I came to after taking a class on ecumenism where ecumenism was explained in a very nuanced way by my esteemed professor and friend. Even my friendship and his nuancing of the issue could not lead me to any conclusion other than ecumenism messes with evangelization.
Let me "turn the tables on you" for a second. I don't want you to quit posting but would you and everyone else rather that ***I*** quit posting? Do you prefer that I let everyone express his opinion without weighing in? Does my status prevent discussion? I will quit posting tomorrow if you and the majority of posters thinks it will be better for the board. I have already tried to quit moderating and hope that will be 100% in effect soon.
Let me say one more thing. I will admit that I get excited when some people such as yourself post some things (in other words, not all of your posts and not all of the posts like your posts). But I get off the site, see my wife, see my life, my studies at the seminary, my friends, my parish, etc., and I forget about all of the debates. Nothing on this site gets me too worked up. Don't ever think that a theological debate can get me that provoked. You post what you believe. I will post what I beleive (unless the board members think I should quit posting) and we as adults will learn from each other.
May God bless us all!