Squirrels ran around the bandstand in the park. Two stopped, and looked at each other. The tail of one fluffed out suddenly- all its fur was standing straight out- and the other backed down. Both went back to their scurrying, as actual fights are costly in terms of energy spent healing and difficulty finding food when wounded. You might die. We need to reach an accommodation with people. If we do not, we feel insecure.
The natural order of things makes you feel so insecure, dirty and a offender of God that you try to seek justification apart from God and when that doesn’t work you seek out those who have twisted those scriptures and now you can feel a little bit better about what you do, Thankfully, you are not feeling 100% right and so you continue this self justification by blogging and going on Christian blogs to push your sleazy agenda.
The trouble is, this comment touches on truth, though it is twisted. I come from a place where I was not accepted, and my self-acceptance has grown, nurtured by the acceptance of others. And- I am still scarred by that experience of non-acceptance, just as everyone is, for everyone hides a part of themselves, to fit in. It is not that I need accepted by the bigoted haters, soi-disant “Christians”, but that knowing I am not accepted everywhere, I go to their blogs to develop and hone my ability to bear that.
And to defy them. I want to show them that their self-satisfied reiterations of false understandings of God have been refuted, and that we are not ashamed. My tail fluffs out. On the tag homosexuality, there is a surprising amount of good sense among the bigoted drivel, and some haters, seeking to justify themselves, tag on LGBT. I have tagged this Evangelical in the hope of irritating those who deserve to be irritated. I cast pearls before swine- if one in a hundred listened and learned, that is a bonus.
And- there is a touch of conscious incompetence here. I am practising. This improves my ability to live with intolerance- it is their own lives they are blighting, and not mine. As with any practice, one can choose to work on it, or to accept ones level of competence and work on other things.
There is a huge spectrum of opinion, from those who acknowledge the equality of gay people to those who oppose it; it is more life-enhancing to stay with those who have a position closer to mine.
Am I being intolerant? Yes; but there is a moral difference between intolerance of the humanity of a person, which is vile, and intolerance of false opinions expressed cruelly, which are vile. Pope, again:
Ask you what provocation I have had?
The strong antipathy of good to bad.
Finally, I comment on other blogs to get people to visit mine, and I might be better with more rational readers. It is COMMENTS that please me, one comment is worth five Follows, now that “likes” are not enough to draw people in.