I want to start this off by pointing out something that has been a theme on social media: people complaining that people are “offended” by stuff and how dumb that is. First of all, those folks seem pretty damned offended for people who don’t like it when people are offended, so – “glass houses” is what I have to say to them. I would also offer up that much of what is happening isn’t about being “offended” but finally FINALLY validating that there are certain segments of the population who are marginalized and in some cases don’t and haven’t had equal rights. That goes beyond being “offended” by something. It’s simply standing up for your rights and your viewpoint.
The movement to take down the confederate flag, the distancing from Donald Trump by businesses, feminist speakers facing threats of rape and murder, and the marriage equality judgement, with all the ensuing arguments, are all about pretty much the same thing. And people who want the flag to stay on government property and people who embrace Trump and his racist comments and people who are threatening women and ranting about the downfall of America because of same sex marriage equality are reacting from a place of panic and resentment. Maybe they do actually believe that America is under some kind of threat of too much fairness and love. But it’s pretty disturbing to see the amount of hate pouring the direction of people who are finally feeling like somebody is listening to them after a very long time of not being heard.
The time for the rights of these marginalized groups to be equally recognized and validated has arrived. If you are worried that your race or your religion will become the minority, ask yourself why you are worried about that. Nobody is saying you don’t deserve your rights, just that they want theirs, too!
You can still wake up today in America and express yourself through your right of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. No Christian has lost the right to worship. Why not count this as a blessing? No man has lost his rights because of feminism. The Westboro Baptists can still picket funerals if they want. KKK can still assemble in public and have websites. You can still say ugly things about the President and not be arrested and put in a government holding facility. You can still hang the Confederate flag all over your property and your business’s property, if you want. You can still call somebody horrible racist and sexist names or to tell people they need to repent and that what they do is an abomination. But there is a movement across this country right now that is saying that the days of passively validating these things is over. That people won’t be in silent compliance with these things anymore. That discrimination is no longer socially acceptable and people who don’t like it are losing their minds over that, like they have lost freedom of speech. Like they have lost a civil right. No. NO! They still have that right, it’s simply becoming NOT OK socially – FINALLY! Ignoring privilege and pretending it doesn’t exist, has come to an tipping point in history in this nation. We have an opportunity here, now, to do something great and love each other an come together. Or we can repeat history and fight each other. And what a shame that would be.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you