Rev. Furuya Sensei,
Thank-you for taking time out of your busy schedule to address questions here on Aikiweb!
Please know that your contributions to the art of Aikido are greatly valued by many people, and I hope that you will come to disregard those who are so ignorant as to judge you by your appearance. As you can see by some of the comments in this thread, there are many aikidoka who are inspired by your example and truly appreciate all your efforts.
Jamie D. Gaden