There used to be a time that if you didn’t like a Black athlete or actor it meant you’re a racist; whether you really were or not. The same thing is going on today. In 2013 America, the racist hard right has been replaced by the intolerable hard left. I have found Progressive Liberals to be some of the most intolerant people in America today. Progressives claim to be so tolerant of alternative lifestyles, unless you disagree with them. If you disagree then you’re a bigot and unenlightened.
Here’s a lesson about tolerance: it’s not tolerance if have to agree or else. Tolerance means “hey, I understand we have differences of opinion, I don’t like it, but I’m not going to crucify you for it.” I tolerate smelly people on the metro, I don’t like it, but I’ve got to travel. I tolerate crying babies on a 6am flight, I don’t like it, but I’m not asking Delta Airlines and people with babies to stop flying.
Secondly, the word “homophobic” is misleading to say the least. It’s not that people are afraid of gays, or even afraid of their lifestyle and what it means. How about, they just don’t like it or agree with it? Is that ok? Gays aren’t spiders or airplanes that people hide and shy away from like they make people short of breath and need a paper bag to breathe in. If you don’t like Frank Ocean and believe he is the bravest individual ever then somehow you’re a homophobe. I don’t see what is so brave about a gay person coming out in 2013. Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen, is it really groundbreaking anymore? You know what takes courage? To look at the face of society and say “I don’t care what you are all doing and believing, I’m going this way.” Society goes left, you go right… I would be proud for once to see someone say: “I may not sell a lot of shoes, or sell a lot of records, but I disagree with society’s stance on…” Being a soul-less conformist in a world that feeds on popular opinion is not courageous. It doesn’t take much courage to follow societal trends.
It’s Progressives who have turned disagreement into hate. You don’t agree with my lifestyle that must mean you hate it. Not true… I don’t hate anyone, but I disagree with the way A LOT of people live their life, and I’m sure there are people who feel the same way about me. But the difference is: I’m not looking for you validation. If you disagree with me I’m not looking to ostracize you. I’m not putting you on blast on Rachel Maddow about how I can’t believe people in 2013 still think like that.
Truth is, I don’t need your agreement. Respect is another thing. Keep your hands to yourself, I’ll do the same. We can disagree; just don’t come to my house with that nonsense. The best part of a democratic and free society is supposed to be the diversity of opinion and reasonable disagreement among civilized people. Once it becomes, “agree with me and my lifestyle or you’re a bigot,” we are no longer having a discussion about tolerance.
And if you disagree with me you’re a racist, homophobic, androphobe…