reply to post by Annee
Being 65 - - growing up - - I also experienced from others hate for Jews - - hate for Blacks - - anyone "different".
Does that include any other groups? Like, say, southerners? How about Native Americans? Oh, wait, don't forget Catholics... Mormons... Protestants...
My point is that you seem to believe that only a "minority" can be hated... that is far from the truth. People can experience hatred over religion,
social status, skin color, sexual propensity, geographic location, political stance, or how they spell their name. No one, not you, not me, not
anyone, can remove hatred form society. And no one, not you, not me, not anyone, can truly identify the source of another's hatred, or even prove
that it exists.
All you have is an assumption: people do not do what I think they should, so they must hate someone.
I do not like Ellen Degeneres. I do not think she is funny. I think she gets way too much credit simply because
of her lifestyle. Does that
make me a "hater"? I don't think so, especially in light of the fact that I have been defending her since the start of this thread.
I vehemently disagree with Barack Obama. I detest his attitude towards the "peasants" he thinks he lords over, I believe his economic policies have
increased the length and severity of the depression, I believe his actions are contrary to the things that allowed the USA to become so wealthy and
powerful in the first place. I think he has no inkling of what personal freedom means. Does that mean I "hate" him because he is black? No!
Your assumptions are based on a narrow view of others as seen from your unique perspective. That is the only point on which we seem to regularly
disagree. I believe in freedom for all
, not just for "minorities" or just for those I agree with. "All" includes minorities, majorities,
gay, straight, male, female, religious, non-religious, black, white, yellow, purple, orange, or green with blue polka-dots.
You seem to believe in freedom for minorities... perhaps not intentionally, but it does come across that way.
I repeat: the Million Moms have every right to protest and should not be denigrated for doing so. They should not be labeled haters for exercising
their rights or expressing their views. Ellen Degeneres has every right to accept the position, and she should not be denigrated over her lifestyle
because of it. JC Penney's can hire whomever they wish for whatever position they wish, and they should not be assumed to be "pro-gay" over such an
Every time you state that a minority be treated in any way differently than anyone else, even if that difference is intended to support your view of
increasing their "rights", you become that which you claim to detest. Bigotry works in all directions, not just from the majority to the majority,
but from any one group to any other. You support bigotry.
I do not support bigotry. I support equality for all... even those I do not agree with.