“Look Over Here!” My problem with being completely intolerant about intolerance.
During a recent Religion and Faith department ‘brown-bag lunch’ at my internship, I brought up a personal issue I have with being intolerant of intolerance. Especially in the matter of Religion, people take on extremist opinions about the LGBT community. It dawned on me one day during a passionate argument I was having with my father that I have a problem being extremist in my intolerance of people’s intolerant opinions. But what good does that do? When I think people are being irrational, bigoted, and hateful…how does flipping out back at them solve anything or change anyone’s mind? Even if they are completely and utterly wrong ( in my opinion), are they entitled to their beliefs? Of course they are. I’d like to explore their feelings and their beliefs, but its so hard not to get heated.
So my issue is… how do we bridge this gap? The world will not change without the changing of beliefs and opinions… but people are entitled to their own, so how do you strike the delicate balance of acknowledging their feelings, while showing them the light of the truth? Does anyone have any stories or personal experiences?
I know it is important to not flip-a-shit when someone has a different belief than I do, especially in regards to LGBT issues… but can the movement survive with out that flip-a-shit- passion that ignites us all to fight for our beliefs… our rights?
The problem is not my disgust with bigotry or hatred, or my desire to wipe all those who embody such out… but the reactionary path I take when dealing with these bigots and haters. So how do we handle it? Get appropriate like the HRC and fight it with legislation, get radical and go ape-shit on these crazies? How do we handle ourselves and our intolerance with intolerance?