In fact, our general views on life are very different with him being very conservative, me more moderate, leaning more towards the liberal side. If I had to describe him, he would be the "good 'ole country boy." Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, that's just the mental image I perceive of him.
I think what gets to me more than anything is how patronizing he made me feel with his comments. We took an opposing view of the issue, and we both tried to argue our points, respectfully, nonetheless (me backed with scientific data). However, the words he took were of an offensive nature which truly did not sit well with me and made me feel like he was patronizing me. I have enough self-esteem issues as it is, so it certainly doesn't help when someone makes me feel like I do not know what I'm talking about when this is my choice of career. It takes every ounce of my fiber not to reply back when I could ask so many other questions to his last response, but in the end, I know it is just better to let it go. It is not worth wasting my breath when we disagree on that issue, as I'm sure disagree on many more.
Sadly, I wish some of my friends would have defended me or even ones who may have joined that group. But oh well, that's just how it goes.
Okay, vent over, and time to write more thought provoking stuff. I'll likely post this weekend as that is when I have the most free time.