Think about that ... I can't recall being offended by a person who is promoting his idea, but I can easily recall taking offense by an extreme person who is critical about a tenet that I hold dear.
As Masons, we are taught to "subdue our passions." This, I maintain, does NOT mean that we should be without passion. Most of us are very passionate about the ideals we espouse. It does mean that we should be temperate - and that is in our speech and actions as well as in our appetites.
Thanks to "Quote of the Day" for the Kennedy quote.