All of these subjects have started tearing me up inside. Seeing hateful posts and comments and banners and protests. Seeing people literally tear into each other just because they think differently, because they don't agree. Whatever.
I was raised in the South mostly. Texas girl born and bred. I'm also a military brat. My father was in the Air Force. He served his country for nearly 47 years. We traveled the world. I rarely had a "home" for much longer than 3 years.
I was taught to be respectful to all people. No matter their color (I once took down a General's daughter for racism), no matter their religion (I'm Methodist but visited and enjoyed many different areas of worship), no matter male, female, child, sexual orientation. My own daughter has embraced the gay lifestyle. How that happened isn't anyone's business. I've had to learn a lot. I've had to understand a lot. I never have needed to find a way to love her still, she's my daughter and I love her dearly. She has a lot of problems as a result, but does the best she can, so I can do no less. She's still loving, kind, generous. She does her best to be honorable...how can I not? And no, we don't always get along, but eventually find our way back to each other.
I was also taught from early on in order to gain respect, I must earn respect. To earn that respect, I do my best daily to be thoughtful, courteous, helpful. I tend to slip when I get angry...over hate and stupidity and lack of values and morals. I do my best to just let it go, but sometimes it gets really hard to turn a blind eye to hate and bigotry.
Everyone has the right to their own thoughts and views, as I do. However, I'm pretty sure we all also have the OBLIGATION to be responsible for any actions or hateful words we might throw out. Posting all these threads, shouting to the rooftops all the hate and intolerance and not too many people taking the time to really understand EACH PERSON INDIVIDUALLY....I feel won't solve much of anything.
Sometimes I think all this stuff heaping on us is a precursor to something awful about to happen, and it concerns me greatly. Instead of pushing everyone away, maybe we should be trying to learn and understand? And while we might not totally agree, try to find a way to get along somehow.
Sorry for the length. But this has really gotten to me.
Edit for Valerie: People shouting in protests and all the nasty postings around the net, plus the media and political crud going on. Sorry if you didn't get that point properly. I should have added in a word or two to make it clearer.