I don't know where he lives -- even if he lives in the United States, some communities are more accepting than others. Even if you were sincere, I think the fact that you made the statement is rude because it implies that you know more about his situation than he does -- even though you don't know him personally, and the only thing that you know about him is that he's fairly young, you feel the need to give him what I thought sounded like a "warning". In the context of the rest of your post, including the bit about being "thick" , it made you come off -- in my opinion, mind you -- as at best condescending.
Rude eh? Maybe I should've said "I hope you get your ass kicked" instead of "I hope you DON'T get your ass kicked", because I sincerely hope he DOESN'T get hurt over this, because the last thing anybody needs is to get hurt.
His surroundings? He does, in fact, live in the United States I assume...
If you aren't alone, then I feel better posting this on the board publicly rather than PMing or emailing you because I don't think you are being fair.
...to things I didn't post...
I would also like to mention I received a private email from another elder on this site expressing things similar to what I've said about Ev, so it's not like I'm alone here.