Silence

I’ve been lying to myself, and you, too.

I talk about not judging anyone, even if I don’t agree with what they do. I talk about being tolerant of every person. And it’s true: I actually don’t care what you look like, what religion you are (if any), or whether or not you are sexually attracted to boys or girls or both. I say things like, “If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place,” and “It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.”

But actually, I am quite intolerant these days.

I’m intolerant of people who hate other people based on their race, religion or sexual orientation. I 100% can’t endure people who kill other people based on this hate.

I’m intolerant of people who pretend that a ban on selling semi-automatic rifles would somehow affect the hand gun they have locked in their top dresser drawer, because “they have rights.” Don’t we all have the right to gather in public places without the fear of being gunned down by an assault weapon?

I’m intolerant of an “all or nothing” and “black or white” attitude, especially when innocent people’s lives are the currency these types of thoughts are paid with.

I’m intolerant of those who would support a presidential candidate who embodies all of this hatred because they say, “I’m not racist, there just isn’t another option.” There is. There is the option to not be a racist and not vote for a candidate who champions hate.

I’m intolerant of men who rape, and parents who raise kids who don’t know how to respect another person’s body, and a society that still insists that I teach my daughter how to “prevent” this from happening to her.

I’m intolerant of people who blame “satan” when things go wrong and praise God when things go their way, but who refuse to take any personal responsibility for their own actions. Please: do pray. But consider praying and exercising the free will God gave you to take action.

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Yesterday, in the news, I saw that Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark, of the state’s 5th congressional district, along with others, is refusing to take part in Congress’s moment of silence in order to make a statement that action is what is needed; not just more of our ‘thoughts and prayers.’

With everything that has happened lately–the Stanford rape case, Orlando, talk of building walls and deporting Americans who aren’t the “right” religion–I’ve been quiet. But my silence has been a lie.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…”

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