a reply to: Spiramirabilis
I agree. That is up to the boss - right? How much power does language have over us?
It only has as much power as we give it.
This sort of thing is wrong no matter what direction it comes from. I'm sure you can see how your situation is not that different from that of members
of the LGBT community, or atheists, or...it's quite a list actually
My sister lives in rural-ish Texas - she's an atheist. She has felt quite a bit of push from the religious right down there - and she's conservative
Of course I do. And I don't think the ostracism, denial of employment, etc is appropriate. This is what I'm saying, everything is so political. We
don't just disagree with others, we demonize them. In the current climate, you're not just wrong for not agreeing with certain views, you're evil
I may disagree with some things LGBTQ or atheists believe about life...but that's far removed from hating them or wishing them harm. As for Christians
who behave cruelly to others, I'd recommend spending that energy on their knees in prayers of repentance and begging for help developing a more loving
heart. If people really want to convince others their way is better, showing is far better than telling.
That mob leans in both directions. Do black lives matter?
It's always been with us - at one time people lost their jobs because they were communists, or because they might be communists. People were killed
because they might be witches
The internet is still better than pillories, fire, stoning or nooses. Human nature - go figure
It's on both sides. And it's wrong, whoever is doing it. There's this real spirit of irrational rage and hypersensitivity.
Although it's been abused as a statement, I'd say all lives matter. The people I disagree with and people of all colors, creeds, etc. You can't
champion one without championing the rest.
It is better than pitchforks, fire, etc. Still, I can't help wishing people would chill out and just talk to each other civilly.
Jon Ronson did an interesting talk on this.
I don't think the answer is new laws against speech, though. I think we need to work together to create a sea change in the culture. The best way to
do that is to make a conscious effort on an individual level to speak civilly as often as possible, to hold firm (peacefully) to one's own convictions
even if other people don't like them, and apologize when one fails to be civil.
Also, communities need to reconnect, face to face. We need to get to know our human neighbors and stop hiding behind screens.