“Unfriend” if you must

I’m not writing this to gloat. I remember the sadness I felt upon learning the results of the 2004 presidential election. I don’t wish that upon my friends.

I’m also not writing this to call names. I am not happy that Roy Moore will be back on Alabama’s Supreme Court after losing the exact same position for ethics violations. I am not happy that Twinkle Cavanaugh is now president of the Public Service Commission. But I won’t call you names if you happened to vote for those people.

I try to voice my opinions on matters respectfully, trying to keep in mind that we’re all Americans. While others may question patriotism or casually throw around words like “evil,” I won’t do that.

I will say this: To say that the president hates this country makes you look foolish. I thought George W. Bush’s job performance as president was awful. Do I think he hates America? No. I disagree with many policies that Romney proposed. Do I think he hates America? No. I disagree with some policies that Obama has proposed (and certain parts of the 2012 NDAA are at the forefront). Do I think he hates America? No.

So you and I disagree on politics. So you and I disagree on religion. I can be respectful to friends with whom I disagree, provided those friends show me a similar level of respect. If you can’t do that, the “unfriend” option is available.

You can disagree without being disagreeable. You can be passionate without being rude. If you choose not to hold yourself in a respectful manner, go ahead and unfriend me. If you hate people because of their race or because of their sexuality, unfriend me.

To my religious friends, I don’t share your beliefs. If you can’t be friends with someone who doesn’t share your faith, I understand.

For my religious and politically active friends who are still reading and haven’t moved your curser to the unfriend or unfollow button, I would like to share this with you. It’s a quote from a very religious friend (I’m going to assume he hasn’t unfriended me upon reading this), however, it was not a public post, so I’ll leave his name out. It’s something for my conservative Christian friends to think about:

“What I observe to be the conservative Christians’ attitude to the political side of the culture war: comfort yourself that *you’re* in control when you win elections. Comfort yourself that *God’s* in control when you lose them.”

I don’t think he was advocating that line of reasoning. I think he was showing the need for consistency. I definitely agree with him on that point.

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