Sometimes… we say things with good intentions. We say something with the hope that it will help someone, either in correcting a mistake, or putting them on a better path. Other times we say things to rile people up, either by taking an entire group of people and putting them in a negative light, or by denigrating the actions of an entire community. We don’t always intend to hurt others when we are correcting them. We also aren’t expecting to immediately change the perspective of those people.
Last week, in the midst of the Hurricane aftermath, a Radio talk show host called Atheists twisted, hate-filled morons. His opinion was based on the fact that he did not see Atheists on street corners handing out blankets or letting people into their homes because there’s was destroyed in the storm. I immediately showed disdain towards this man and felt the need to call in and give him a piece of my voice (I would give him a piece of my mind… but I’m using it). I didn’t though, there was no need to. The comment was made and then the moment was immediately gone. It still fueled rage in me though. I was unhappy with the immediate generalization and hate spit out.
There are those in the churches who are non-believers, who stay because they care about those around them. They are not open about their non-belief, because of the damage it could do. And yet, they are still involved in the charities, in the group outings, and Mass of their individual church. They are included, and they are loved. They try to share their love as much as possible, even when they are spoken ill of.. if not entirely directed towards them.
Charities, such as Doctor’s With Border’s, are out their helping those that need it. No matter their race or background. Healing of the sick does not stop, when the sick are viewed as your enemy. These are people who are willing to risk their lives to go into hostile countries and help others, just because they need help. It doesn’t matter whether they have a religious affiliation or are atheist. They just do.
It’s wrong to generalize an entire group of people because you disagree with them. It’s hypocritical on my part, I understand, as I do it a lot. But at least I know I’m a shitty person and an asshole. I’m aware that not all Christians are ignorant bigoted southern hicks who ignore all science and demand that the bible be taught in school. I also know not all Muslims are terrorists (although I know some people who do think this way). It’s easier to just say one thing and never worry about who it will affect.
But. But. When you are willing to deny overwhelming facts… or absolute proof that your stance on an issue is wrong…. And you still say we are wrong. And pull out more lies in order to support your earlier claim (such as saying Al Qaeda doesn’t exist), then there is something wrong with you and I have full right to point this out to you.
You can not say that a group of organized terrorists, who murdered thousands in our country, does not exist. I am sick of this conspiracy theory bullshit saying that 9/11 was an inside job. The people who spout this garbage are the same who say the government is incapable of running a country or are all incompetent liars incapable of performing their job. You can’t say in one instance they are absolutely evil coordinated monsters, and in the next claim the same people can’t even pick their own nose without fear of missing and poking their eye. You just want to be right. You just want everything you believe to be true, no matter what the majority say (Yes, I am aware of my irony). Just because a few people agree with your initial thought, doesn’t make it right. Just because someone claims to be a scientist, doesn’t mean their opinion or work is publishable.
You’re inability to accept reality should not be something to be defended by others. I admit it when I am wrong. I’m willing to accept new facts into my life. Why can’t you do the same? Maybe I’m just angry because I was yelled at and the person was right. It shouldn’t let you change reality though.