“No. We can’t.”
As many others have said, this election cycle has brought out the worst in people. It’s exposed an underbelly of America that we’ve long been told was no longer a big issue.
I can still love friends and family with whom I disagree. That doesn’t mean I can respect their beliefs. It doesn’t mean I can agree to disagree.
Yes, I’m talking about Trump voters.
Especially “Christian” Trump voters.
This man’s campaign was based on, and filled with racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia and unadulterated hate. A straight, white, protestant male will be largely unaffected by a Trump presidency. But all kinds of minorities will suffer dearly.
How am I supposed to agree to disagree with that. We can’t just “move on.” It would be like watching a man beat his slave, and have him tell me, “Well, we just have to agree to disagree.”
It would be like seeing a public servant refuse to do her job of issuing marriage licences, putting loving couples through the ringer, and saying, “She’s just following her convictions.”
No. I can’t do that.
She can follow her convictions by resigning from a job she refuses to do!
And let me just say that not tolerating intolerance is not being intolerant.
JESUS didn’t practice or advocate forcing your convictions on others. That’s not something his followers do. That’s what Pharisees do.
Christian slave owners were just following their convictions. Men who didn’t want women to vote were just following their convictions. Many who’ve inflicted torture in the name of God were just following their convictions.
I’ve had friends tell me that the only people it’s OK to be intolerant of is “Christians.” What I actually see is that Christians are one of, if not THE most privileged groups in America. In fact, they’ve been so privileged for so long that to them, not being allowed to discriminate feels like discrimination. Not being able to legislate their beliefs, and force them on others, to them feels like oppression. It’s not enough for them to live by their convictions. They want the rest of us forced to do the same. Trying to show them they’ve been used and manipulated, of course, doesn’t do any good. Thank God, their are millions of Christians who are not part of the “religious right.”
So how do you just get along with racist, religiously intolerant, homophobic, xenophobic, “good-old-boys?” Frankly, you don’t. “Agree to disagree” is not something I can do in cases of social injustice.
We can not come together as a Nation at the expense of the marginalized; the ones I believe Jesus would have stood up for. (His greatest enemies were the “Religious Right” of his day.)
You may be my friend. You may be a family member. And I may love you dearly. But if you’re a part of the problems I’ve mentioned (inherent with voting for Trump), I will fight what you stand for, legally, socially and non-violently, with every fiber of my being.
I do want unity and peace as a Nation. But sadly, as long as these age-old attitudes of oppression are alive and well, we can’t, actually, just all get along.