I have to be honest it pains me to write this. I was supposed to be working on the recording for my podcast for comic fans, techies, and geeks: The BiFrost Bridge Podcast, but instead I’m writing this (and I would so much rather be doing that). I was also supposed to be putting together the agenda for the CrossRoads Community Church Board Meeting but instead I’m writing this (good thing the board doesn’t read my blog, lol). It’s just that I have seen such hatred and so many harsh words exchanged between people who were previously “friends”, or whatever that means from a social media aspect, and all over people that neither person has even met and over stories neither person has heard first hand from the people involved.
It doesn’t matter to me which side of team Jenner or Duggar you fall on. What does matter is that every person in America has a right to express their opinion. According to the U.S. Constitution, which I dedicated 12 years of my life to defending as a member of the U.S. Army, free speech is still a constitutional right. That includes ones right to disagree publically, verbally or in writing, and on every social media venue they care to use with another person’s point of view. It does not give anyone the right to bad mouth, trash, or belittle someone else because of a differing viewpoint.
How can anyone justify trashing someone else for sharing a differing view, when by trashing them for sharing their view you are doing the exact same thing you are trashing them for? That makes absolutely no sense. How can someone come down on another person for speaking what they believe when by doing so you are literally speaking for and about what you believe? Does that mean everyone has the right to come down on and belittle you? #HypocriteMuch
I’ve seen many posts saying “here is what I believe and you can delete me if you disagree.” I have yet to delete anyone although I disagree with a majority of people, Christians, non-Christians, atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, and a host of other people with religious preferences (yes, I have quite of mix of social media contacts and yes, I have at some point disagreed with something they posted or a stance they took). I respect their beliefs, their right to express their beliefs, and hope they respect mine. I’ve had aggressive conversations and exchanges with many of them but have not disrespected them because we disagree.
I seriously hope we can get back to what is considered one of the foundational principles our nation was founded upon: not just hearing one another but respecting one another. If we can’t then, yes, feel free to delete me, lol.