My blogging buddy Suze is a proud, dyed-in-the-wool, cast-in-stone liberal. She makes no bones about it either. She wrote a post this week off the writing prompt, “disagree”. She chose to call her post, “Political Disagreement”. Then she launched into a scathing diatribe of the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump. She said she can’t find a single good thing to say about him.
What’s sad about Suze’s liberal, opinionated posts is not her content. She’s entitled to write anything she wants. What’s sad is the condition of the minds and hearts of “friends” who responded to some of her posts. Many of those “friends” have bailed on her, she said. Some have smacked her with a barrage of names we can’t print here before abandoning their “friend”ship with her, Suze said.
In her post, she asked the question, “What ever happened to discussion?” It seems our culture has grown extremely polarized. Folks on either side of any social, cultural, political or spiritual
You can’t justify hateful ridicule
in the name of Christianity
issue become adamantly defensive towards any one or any view that does not agree with theirs. It seems to me many are personally, and sadly, passionate about being right. They will use any means and say anything with any language to justify their opinions or actions at any cost. Rather than discuss differences, these right-o-phobes attack, mercifully and shamefully, those whose opinions or perceptions of reality and truth differ from their own.
Suze and I harbor heart-felt differences. And we’re not afraid to discuss them. Several times we wind up agreeing to disagree. We read each other’s blogs and leave likes and comments. But I would never resort to attacking her, or swearing at her, or calling her evil regardless of her opinions or her beliefs.
Another sad thing: The folks who’ve written some of the meanest, most judgmental, cruelest comments to Suze, she said, seem to have come from folks who call themselves “Christians”. Their pious behavior is the very reason I wrote “No way to treat a gay waitress.” Click here to read that post.
Many of them seem to believe they’re “good” and “better than” others. They’re self-righteous hypocrites and have become just as radically polarized as any other group shouting their beliefs and vitriol in public lately.
Good question, Suze. What ever happened to “Discussion”?