All too often a news story will come out and it is followed by a flood of comments or blogs seemingly written by children. Usually something along the lines of “You’re a stupid head."
Somebody will take a stand on an issue based on their religious beliefs and they are called bigots or ignorant. Then somebody will write how people who hold similar beliefs need to be more tolerant of other people and their views. Unfortunately, they defeat their own argument by doing so.
Telling people how clueless they are because they don’t believe or think the way you say they should is not being very tolerant. The knee-jerk reaction to go straight to name calling is something both sides of the political aisle are guilty of doing. Names like fascist, dictator, racist, and bigot come from the left; socialist, communist, anarchist from the right. Of course these are the nicer terms sent out by both sides.
I am not trying to sound too much like Rodney King, but ”Can’t we all just get along?”
Often people hide behind some avatar and feel that gives them the right to spew all forms of the vilest vitriol. One just needs to look at the comments from a recent article about Gov. Walker discussing his religious beliefs. Comments from both sides go way beyond crossing the line. So whether you are commenting on an article or writing a blog, whether you use your own name or hide behind a mythological avatar, think before you type.
Let’s keep it civil and remember: just because I don’t think exactly like you doesn’t mean I’m evil. I know I will be trying harder to bite my tongue and just agree to disagree.