No strawman or red herring Matthew. I wasn't paying attention when I, and I alone, said he had not married. Punish me if you will. The truth remains however, that he is not engaged.
You're passing over several points:
1. Why are you and/or Mrs. Kaldawi upset that people would "gossip" about Steven Kaldawi as being "engaged"? (Again, being engaged is not a sin; it is normally an occasion of joy. The normal response to learning such news is "Congratulations!")
2. Why would such a baseless rumor get started? Are you saying he had no girl he was interested in, serious about? He wasn't close to getting engaged? What exactly is the true situation? Lots of other seminarians have left Boston, KY over the years -- and not a one had a cօռspιʀαcʏ of enemies making up fake news that any of these ex-seminarians were engaged. Why would this happen all the sudden with Mrs. Kaldawi's son?
In my experience, there's more to the story in cases like this. I want to hear the other side of the story. I don't believe "the idea that Steven Kaldawi was engaged to be married carries NO kernel of truth, it was made up out of thin air." There is simply no possible motivation or reason for such a fabrication.
Sorry not sorry -- I always use my faculty of reason. I can't turn off my brain.
I'm interested in the truth of course, in this case as much as any other -- which is why I'd like to hear from the source who informed Cebu about this alleged engagement.
Punish me if you will.
P.S. Please stop playing the martyr/victim. I never threatened you in the least. Imagine you're talking to someone and they all the sudden recoil in terror, "Please don't hurt me!", holding up their arms as if to defend themselves from an assailant -- when you were never the slightest bit threatening or violent. That's how I feel right now.