Politics, Religion and Forums
Christianity, Conservatives, and Peanut Butter
Today I received my weekly dose of Ann Coulter, who I think is a nut but find myself unable to stop reading her bold faced commentary! Do not get me wrong, I am decidedly to the right in my political leanings, but I am not as bold as my girl, Ann! She likes to get out there and mix it up with her opponents and I have to admire her backbone! I on the other hand do not like to mix it up with the natives who seem to come out of the cracks when the word conservative is mentioned!
I bring this up because I took a look into the comments on Ann Coulter’s newsletter, and was truly appalled at the wild and even vicious comments from writers on both side of the political divide. And there is a divide that has become a ravine in our political system that is reflected in the opinions of everyday Americans. About three-fourths of the comments were about other issues that did not relate at all to the newsletter article which was a tribute to Ann's mother who had died a few days before!
The writers who frequent these forums and take such delight in scorning the opposition, cannot possibly be so rude and annoying when met face to face. The anonymity offered by a catchy handle and well chosen avatar seems to offer the opportunity to leave behind all restraint! No topic is safe from these rude internet warriors! Browsing through the comments about a song I loved from Flogging Molly, the internet warriors were out in full force. They forgot about the song and insulted America, conservatives, Stargate Universe, and everyone in the thread who disagreed with them. Unbelievable!
Controversial Talk Show Hosts
Today something wonderful happened all across America and most of the media missed it! Americans of many different political persuasions came together in over 600 cities across the country to express with one voice their unhappiness with the direction this country is taking. There was no violence, no civil unrest, just regular people standing up to say that they do not like what is happening in this country!
And yes, you guessed it the forums and bloggers were johnny-on-the-spot to do their vicious name calling, vulgar insinuations, and down right lies about what was taking place today! One network actually did some name calling and allowed worse than usual vulgar language by the commentators.
At the time of this writing the Tea Party seems to be the most hated political force in the United States... at least from the far left Democrats and even some moderate Republicans. Led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas the Republican majority in the House of Representatives refused to pass a clean resolution to keep the government funded and basically shut down the government for more than two weeks. While President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada refused to negotiate at all with Republicans, the Democrats held the line and began the worst series of attacks calling Senator Cruz, Tea Party Republicans and all Republicans extortionists, jihadists, terrorists, and much more. This was totally in public and not hidden in the forums as most people do. The left leaning media did not report this appalling behavior and most Americans have no clue what was really said during this miserable period of our history.
Religion Forums and Bloggers
This battleground is not only in the political arena. I am a religion writer so occasionally I look into the religious forums and guess what? Yep! You got it! The battle is joined! I do understand that some people live for debate, but I do not understand why anyone who hates Christianity, Conservatives, or Peanut Butter would want to get into the mix and fight to the death about an opinion or idea in which you have no hope of influencing the outcome or your opponent. There is no meaningful discussion, just bitter wrangling, vindictiveness and insults that are beyond degrading to both sides. Such discussions are an exercise in futility and I do not get it!
The religion forums on HubPages are a place you enter at your own peril. To be honest that is true of most of the religion forums I have visited. Honesty compels me to admit that many Christians believe that the command from the Apostle Paul to contend for the faith is one that should be taken to extremes. While I will stand firm in what I believe, it serves no purpose to take every opportunity to engage in an all out brawl with people you have no hope of bringing round to your point of view. Jesus Christ commissioned the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Jesus Christ was very specific in his instructions.
Matthew 10:10-16 (NIV)
11"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. 15I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
My advice to believers...leave them alone. You cannot win because although they think they are logical, they are not. They believe that we have mental issues that lead us to be believers, or that we are in mortal feal of hell. You will never be able to convince most of these people otherwise so best to leave it alone. Find people closer to home who genuinely need and want what you have to give.
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