I’ve been watching a lot of the social media fights regarding an activist judge in Pennsylvania legalizing gay marriage in the state. The reason I call them fights, and not respectful, intelligent debates, is because that’s usually how these type of social media confrontations go.
A couple dozen people will post a status praising the judge’s decision, they’ll get a couple dozen likes, and all is well with the world.
And then some lone brave fool who has the audacity to proclaim that they still believe marriage, the oldest institution in the history of the world, older than civil government itself, is still between just one man and one woman, and they get comments like this:
“Wow. I had no idea you were such a homophobic bigot. Unfriending.”
“How can you be so f***ing close-minded! Get with the times!”
And on, and on, and on.
To be fair, I did read some very respectful and decent comments on why someone believes the way they do, and why they respectfully disagree with the other party. However, the majority of the posts I’ve read are written in an extremely condescending and derogatory tone.
Without understanding the heart and mind of the person who dares to claim he believes marriage is marriage, he is labeled a homophobe right from the get-go. It is automatically insinuated that he is less intelligent, possibly less-evolved, and his dangerous religious nut job opinion is detrimental to society, and his views deserve to be shut down completely.
Tolerance at its finest.
I’m all for open-mindedness and tolerance. Just as long as you agree with me. If you don’t, I automatically tell all of my friends to stop associating with you, because you are the most hateful person I know.
I paraphrase the quote above because [Read more…]