Re: Thank you, Rev. Furuya!
Yes debate is to be encouraged, in a civil and respectful manner. Furuya Sensei was simplu viciusly attacked for having his convictions and sticking to them.
My take on Furuya Sensei is that he is a true Innocent. He has lived in his dojo in LA for forty years and doesn't leave much except to get food.He spends very little time in the outside world and simply has no experience of how inadvertantly and unintentionally cruel people can be- most of his interactions with people are in his dojo, on his terms, where he is the most senior and as such demands respect.
You just don't get to practice verbal aikido when you live & work in isolation...