…But that doesn’t mean you should be, too.
I normally stay mum on political topics, because it’s so HEATED. But I think it’s important to address the heated nature of what we discuss, and how it doesn’t add anything to be angry.
Ahem. Let me start by acknowledging the vast media attention that Kim Davis has accrued since her decision to deny marriage licenses to same sex couples, despite national laws saying otherwise. No media outlet is without coverage, and virtually no Facebook friend is mum on the topic.
Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is angry.
Whether you agree with Kim Davis and think religious freedom is being forsaken in the name of federal law, or whether you think Kim Davis is a fool for not obliging by her office duties and failing to recognize same sex individuals, is irrelevant. Hate will get you nowhere.
You cannot fight hate with hate. Only love can do that.
I have friends who fight so adamantly in their defense of what is “right” or what is “wrong.” There is no discussion, only angry words and de-friending and relationships going up into flames.
Let me state it again: you cannot fight hate with hate. Only love can do that.
Our inability to see things from another person’s perspective is a detriment to our culture. Having never been taught conflict resolution, our politics looks like a kindergarten playground, everyone screaming to be heard and nothing being accomplished. Our politicians play off our insecurities, our fears, our sense of entitlement, and our need to be right. No middle ground can exist: you are one or the other.
So let me be the one who stands firmly in the middle ground. I acknowledge and wish for the same political freedoms for all, regardless of gender, sexual persuasion, race, religion, etc. Let me be the one to say yes, it seems silly that Kim Davis has not done her job; she should resign if she doesn’t like the duties entrusted to her. But let me also be the one to say Kim, I feel you. I feel your pain and your fear and your staunch opposition to what it feels like to be oppressed.
No, I do not agree with you or your choices, but, I still love you. You are still worthy.
To all the people who are adamantly fighting for whichever side and making themselves an angry and mean individual to do so, let me say: no, I do not agree with how you choose to state your opinion. Yes, I think it would be wise for you to do some soul searching to find out what’s really bothering you, and what fear you’re covering up with anger. But yes, I still love you, and you are still worthy.
Please, please, please, stop fighting injustice with injustice. Please stop fighting hate with hate.
And even if you don’t, I will love you anyway. Because I have no other choice.
(PS Title meant as click bait and in jest only. No, I clearly do not think Kim Davis is a bitch. She’s doing what she thinks is right, and I love her, just like I love you. All of you. Even you smelly guys.)