Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred I

Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred I (Photo credit: Nick in exsilio)

This has been an emotional election year for me. Normally I do not get sucked into the drama. In fact I pretty much hate politics because of all the dishonesty and mud-slinging on both sides. Now I am sure that there are good, honest, and reasonable politicians out there. But it seem that the idiots are the ones that speak the loudest, no matter which party they speak for. That also seems to be true of many of their supporters.

The kind of hatred and vitriol that I have seen this year has boggled me to the point that yes, I have been sucked in. Because I don’t like bullies.

I will fight for the underdog every time, even if it is not my fight. There is a certain breed of person who simply likes to hate. Of course these people have been around always, but they have gotten a lot louder lately. Why? Because they are using the economic situation as an excuse to blame people that they have always hated anyway. It doesn’t matter that these people are no threat to them or anyone else.

Who are they blaming? The poor, the disabled, the person who cannot find a job, the person of a different faith, the person of a different color, the person of a different gender, the person of a different sexual orientation. And also anybody who disagrees with them.

They have a variety of epithets for people like me that speak out: Heretics, muslim collaborators, blood-suckers, communists, socialists, evil-doers, enemies of God, haters of morality, haters of God.

Ironically, I have even been accused of TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. The very document that gives me the right to disagree with them.

As someone who has dealt with being the victim of those who judge me for both my mental and physical disabilities, plus having worked with a government-funded organization that helps mental health consumers get needed health care, housing, income, and jobs I am very sensitive to those who have been stigmatized and abandoned by society. I am not ashamed to say that yes, I CRY FOR THESE PEOPLE’S PAIN.

AND I AM NOT ASHAMED TO SAY THAT I CRY FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S PAIN ALSO. EVEN IF THEY DON’T BELONG TO MY IN-GROUP.

Which means that I can cry  for the homosexuals who are being BLAMED FOR HURRICANE SANDY.

I can cry  for the people who end up homeless because they can’t find jobs.

I can cry for the person who is persecuted for being of a different faith, ethnicity or gender.

A lot of this hatred is coming from people who say they are Christians.

All I can say to these people is:

JESUS UNDERSTOOD YOUR PAIN. WHY CAN’T YOU UNDERSTAND THE PAIN OF OTHERS?

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