There are some that have a sad knee-jerk reaction to certain views...it is getting quite old and I would like to remind my friends who engage in such behavior to review a term...
If one has a different viewpoint, perhaps the debate would be a bit more civil if we could discuss some things productively, and stop indulging in angry name-calling. This is a call for civility.
Some examples of painful intolerance:
- If you have respect for all life, you are anti-woman
- If you are for traditional marriage, you are a homophobe
- If you are for legal immigration, you are a racist xenophobe
- If you are for integrity in the voting process, you are a racist
- If you wave a flag, you are a potential terrorist
- If you love America, you are a potential terrorist
- If you disagree with Obama, you are a racist
- If you disagree with Obama and you are black, you are an Uncle Tom
- If you disagree with Obama and are in the government, you are an "obstructionist"
- If you are a Christian, you are a fundamentalist indoctrinator
- If you want to combat radical Islam, you are an Islamophobe
- If you are a white man, you are "the man" and do not deserve equality
- If you are a white woman, you are cool - unless you are conservative
- If you are anyone, you are cool - unless you are conservative
- If you are against ObamaCare, you are anti-poverty
- If you are for accountability in government spending, you are anti-poverty
- If you believe in using fossil fuels while exploring green energy alternatives, you are anti-environment
- If you believe in limited government, you are anti-poverty
Let's go over that word, tolerance...
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.
- interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
- lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.
We can all benefit from communicating without hatred and anger. Let's debate. Civilly, without the accusations, and honestly, let's attempt to use unbiased sources, let's recognize that we are all in this together and we should respect on another.
Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. -Â Sai Baba
"Be the change you want to see in the world." Â -Gandhi
"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." -Martin Luther King Jr.