It doesn't matter if that's what is intended or not.
If it weren't so very important to me to point out this simple truth, I would just let this post go unsaid.
Some of us try hard to be accepting and nonjudgmental of people. Some of us are not perfect at it, and have a really, really hard time embracing our immediate society when members of that society say hurtful, intolerant, closed minded, self-righteous things about others' ways and the things they believe to be true.
And guess what? Some of us are even offended when what is said is not of our own actions and choices, but those of our fellow man.
Some of us wonder if we are just as bad for holding those that profess such atrocious (to us) things in disdain and contempt.
I do not like intolerance.
I especially despise intolerance in myself - and holding others in contempt is practicing intolerance.
Think about hurtful words before uttering broadly unloving personal beliefs.
Save it for people who expect such things from you.
Save it for discussions with intimates.
For your church.
For your next door neighbor.
For your spouse.
Don't assume that the world at large is with you.
Some of us want nothing to do with that particular poison.
If we (I) were stronger we could overlook harmful actions and easily dismiss them.
But sometimes we're not.
Sometimes they leave us feeling angry, hurt, outraged, and sad.
It's unkind and inconsiderate to incite anger in the hearts of others who are trying to live in love.
This post was written in response to a local HS board email. Right after writing the last post (about bigotry, oddly enough), Julie dashed off a note to me saying that things on my state HS board were getting heated. Someone sent in an email saying "Why didn't they tell us before (our children got hooked on the books) that a Harry Potter character was going to be gay?"
Instead of adding to the bad feelings (though I think the list owner has put an end to all trailing posts) I decided to voice my thoughts and feelings here.
Addendum: But I reserve the right to change my mind about that!