Sometimes I am amazed at how much hate and hypocrisy I see among people that I have always considered to be decent human beings. Am I that bad a judge of character?
I have said many times that when it comes to politicians, I am completely nonbiased. Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, I dislike all of them equally, and trust none of them. But I have no problem with you supporting the party or cause of your choice. In fact, I urge you to do so. Just don’t try to push your opinions down my throat.
I know a lot of people who do not like or trust our current President. I don’t like or trust him! (But again, I don’t like or trust any of them.) However, I am really sick and tired of the plethora of cartoons that show up in my e-mail on a regular basis, portraying President Obama or members of his family as monkeys or apes. That is disrespectful to the office he holds, and to him as a human being, and it offends me.
If you were to confront any of the people that think it’s funny to send this crap out and call them a racist, they’d be highly offended. But what is that, except a racist act? For the record, I dislike racists even more than I dislike politicians. If you are one of the people who send me stuff like this, be aware that I don’t consider you funny, and I don’t consider you a friend.
This weekend my inbox held a dozen or more nasty e-mails about New York state’s decision to allow gay marriage. One cartoon showed a “bridal shower” in which a gay couple were unwrapping such gifts as an “AIDS Starter Kit” and a negligee with the words “It’s My Night To Be On Top.” Anybody who can find humor in a disease that has killed millions of people worldwide is very sick.
Another e-mail was from a someone who raged at me last year when I wrote a blog that he felt attacked his church, and who wanted me to know that as a devout Christian, I had offended him. His e-mail Saturday included a cartoon of Jesus on the cross, and hanging on the cross next to him was a caricature of a gay man, wearing high heels, makeup, and a tiara that said “Just Married” on it. Standing under to him was a Roman soldier with a spear in one hand, and a huge penis in the other, and Jesus is saying “Stick him again!” Yeah, that’s a real Christian way to express yourself, isn’t it?
The folks who have to tell me how devout they are always remind me of the guy in the bar who has to tell you what a bad ass he is. I think in both cases that they are trying to convince themselves, more than me. I don’t know about you, but it’s always been my experience that the true Christians of the world don’t have to go out of their way to tell you they are. And they don’t spread hatred and prejudice masked as humor.
I like humor. I like jokes. I’ll bet you money that I know more jokes than you do, and a lot of them are bluer than my eyes. But I don’t like hypocrisy, and I don’t like bigotry. I can’t change who you are, but don’t tell me you are my friend, and then send me offensive trash like this.
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