I feel you, OP.
If you're not a powerfully homosexual advocate, if you like guns, or if you have any strong beliefs in general, many ATS trendys will hang you dry
for it. Its almost as if discrimination no longer works both ways, ya know?
If you aren't into homosexuality, you're a bigot. Its perfectly okay for folks to call you a bigot. Or a psychotic murderer, ignorant redneck,
brainwashed yankee, if you happen to be a gun owner. See, its perfectly okay to call those people names.
But if you use any borderline offensive term towards the homosexual community (many times its not intended to be offensive, its just an expression of
one's personal beliefs that happen to differ from their community), you are subject to the same kind of discrimination that they whine about
receiving. See, if THEY'RE the ones bashing, its okay.
I'm not talking about homosexuality exclusively, not at all.
Just using it as an example.
If you are white and you are a victim of any kind of hate crime, no one cares. White people don't matter. Only colored folks who are discriminated
against matter. See? Racism doesn't work both ways either.
If you are an Alex Jones listener, you're ridiculed and called names for it.
If you have any kind of faith in a higher power, despite whatever religion you are, people ridicule you and often suggest that you are insane and
completely brainwashed by an evil religion mind-control machine.
If you post a thread that references homosexuality in any way--and its not in favor of it--its removed, after being overwhelmingly flamed and
If you don't believe in the Zionist conspiracy, and you don't believe that Jews rule the world, then you are a close minded shill and an
Oh, any my favorite--if you have any personal crisis and you DARE to post it on ATS for advice or support, prepare to get flamed, bashed, and hurt.
I once posted an impulse thread after my best friend--now my fiance--tried to kill himself, and I got called a liar, an attention seeker, and so on...
oh, and I even had a couple of people suggest it was my fault that my friend tried to commit suicide. I also got the pleasure of seeing ATSers call my
friend names for being "stupid enough to kill himself."
Since then, I've barely been on ATS.
I couldn't sleep for about two days after that happened, and I've had enough trouble with suicidal friends... I don't need a bunch of anonymous
attention-seeking shock-value-craving losers bashing me and my loved ones, people they know NOTHING about.
I make damn sure not to post ANYTHING too personal on ATS anymore.
Clearly, this site is only good for arguing and hurting one another, excluding a few good friends I've made here, which is the single and ONLY reason
I am still on ATS.
Point being, you're absolutely right, OP.
I could post more, but I think we all get the point.
The list goes on and on...