Something has been bothering the shit out of me lately.
I’m so sick of seeing people get demonized for holding different opinions on controversial subjects.
Agree with Colin Kaepernick’s choice to sit during the national anthem, then you should be shot at.
It was also a pastor that said that. I guess that’s what Jesus would have done.
Don’t agree with Black Lives Matter?
You’re a racist.
Don’t agree with third wave feminism?
You’re a misogynist, woman hating piece of shit.
You criticize Islam as a set of ideas?
You fucking Islamophobe. It’s okay to criticize Christianity though. Have at it Hoss. We all know that Christianity is a set of ideas and not a race of people.
How about we engage the arguments being made instead of slapping a label on someone so you can conveniently ignore their differing opinion.
You have even seen this nonsense in the atheist community, where members of Atheist + tried to force their feminism on all atheists. Not only do they try to bully people who disagree with parts of their feminist ideology, but what the fuck does feminism have to do with atheism?
Atheism is just a lack of belief in God(s). Sure you can describe yourself as an atheist and a feminist, but being an atheist doesn’t require you to be a feminist. They are mutually exclusive things.
Even the American election is full of demonizing and stupidity. In fact, a recent Huffington Post article literally called for violence against Trump if he were to win the election.
Don’t believe me, then feel free to read the article yourself.
Now look, I lean Left when it comes to politics, but we see these tactics being used by both sides, and quite a few of those examples given above come from the Left side of the political spectrum.
How about we share ideas, debate one another on topics, listen to the other side and stop slapping ridiculous labels on people in an attempt to publicly shame them into silence.