Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Justified Hypocrisy

I recently saw a Facebook post from someone I know that read: "Show your respect for your married friends and family and REJECT R71. Marriage is between a man and a woman ONLY!"

For some reason I had a really strong reaction to this statement. I was equally offended and angry at the same time and I really wished Facebook would come up with a dislike option. However, the first thought that came to mind was, "I have no tolerance for this type of intolerance." Is that not the most hypocritical statement ever made?

I strongly believe in human rights. I believe Gay rights will be the civil rights issue that helps define my generation. I don't understand why it is so divisive and I don't understand why people don't support civil rights for homosexuals. It's crazy and archaic and I don't think the world will be negatively impacted if we provide equal rights to everyone regardless of their race, religion, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.

Anyways, back to the comment: I think the reason I reacted so strongly to what was said had less to do with the author and I having differing opinions and more to do with the manipulative wording of the statements. "Show your respect for your married friends and family and REJECT R71. Marriage is between a man and a woman ONLY!" Could you find a more misleading argument? It's one thing to say, I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman. So I'm voting no to Referrendum 71. To that I would say, "Sounds good. We'll agree to disagree." However to say that it is disrespectful to married people is deplorable.


Carol said...

Brynn and I were having a conversation about that facebook post today too. I 100% agree with what you said, and was very offended as well.

The SSS Sophisticate said...

IVY! Carol and I had THIS EXACT conversation today about the EXACT same comment that was posted! I agree, completely offensive in the way it was written. I am glad I wasn't the only one. In the end, it's really just sad for the people that had to read it, because I am sure it hurt a lot of them.

Ivy Wilson said...

I'm glad you guys had the same reaction. I felt like that comment was hostile and off putting!