I am fed-up with all of the so-called Christian groups in this country acting like hateful asshats. That’s right, I called them asshats. I’m pissed off, so you’ll have to forgive me.
The most recent group to pop up on my radar is the One Million Moms. The One Million Moms (OMM) claims that they are “dedicated to saving our young people” and their mission is to save the children. Ok listen, I’m all for saving children and protecting our youth, but since when is preaching hatred and bigotry a realistic way to help guide the young people of this country. Yes I know, Hitler managed to indoctrinate thousands of young Germans with his Hitler Youth organization that touted propaganda and fear as a means of controlling a country, but this is not 1939 and it sure as hell isn’t Germany.
I live in America. This country is supposed to be the melting pot of all nations. What the fuck happened to us? Why do we hate each other so damn much? When did Americans decide to turn on each other instead of banding together and supporting each other in difficult times? When is it going to stop being okay for people to treat each other like shit solely on the basis of who they love or the color of their skin or what language they speak? Why is it so difficult to just shut your friggin’ pie hole and let people live their lives without having to constantly worry that they will be attacked or evicted or fired from their job because someone doesn’t like the way they live, who they love or what they believe? I’ve fucking had it!
I see a serious lack of compassion and understanding from organizations that profess they are merely spreading their Christian love and values in an effort to make the world a better place. These people hide behind a false god and use their religion as a weapon to degrade those of us who might not agree with their way of thinking. They preach a religion of propaganda that is intended to dehumanize the people they don’t see as being fit to receive the basic human decency that ALL people deserve.
I am an American, and I am also a daughter, a writer, a mother, a lesbian, a sister and a teacher. I am so many things, and I fail to understand how I can be singled out as having caused the downfall of this nation when I preach no hate, make no threats and encourage a sense of tolerance in all areas of my life. What is it about me that makes me so dangerous in the eyes of the One Million Moms? Why am I forced to defend my life when all I want to do is have an honest and fair existence like everyone else? I don’t care if you’re a democrat or a republican. I don’t care if you like me or the way I am living my life. I don’t fucking care what religion you observe or what color your skin is. All I ask is that you stop, take a breath, and think about what you are doing. Think about all of the amazing people you condemn and dismiss on a daily basis simply because their beliefs are different from yours. We can not all be like-minded individuals, we need diversity in our society in order to grow; both spiritually and mentally. What we can be, is tolerant. It doesn’t cost you anything, you won’t lose anything or have to give up anything if you consciously choose to be tolerant.
Look at it like this… Tolerance is kind of like brussel sprouts. They are bitter and mushy, and no amount of cheese sauce makes them any easier to eat. As kids, we push them around our plate and hope that they will just magically disappear, but something interesting happens once you finally get them down; over time, you start to realize how good they are for you, and you eventually go back for more until brussel sprouts are just a normal part of dinner. Practicing tolerance is the same; it isn’t easy at first and you think you might not be able to handle all of the individuality you are confronted with, but eventually you start to realize that the differences you see in others are actually something to be respected and applauded. Eventually you start to see those differences, not as a threat, but as something that’s actually good for you.
So come on America, eat your fucking brussel sprouts.