I have a ton of things to say about how I’m processing this election and how I’m feeling and all of that. Of course. We all do. I’m worried about every single person that I know that is going to be so deeply affected by this election. I’m so upset that hate won. I’m so hurt that we can elect this man (I haven’t said his name since he won) over the most qualified woman EVER.
I’ve seen a few conservative friends posting since Tuesday. And I’m having a really, really hard time being OK with what they’re posting.
I’m grieving. I really, really am grieving, and that is not being dramatic.
But most recently, I saw one of them post an article that really irked me. The basic premise of the article was that liberals are so accepting of everyone no matter their color, their sexual preference, or their religious beliefs as long as those religious beliefs aren’t Christian.
OK, here’s the thing. I don’t give a FUCK what you worship or what religion you claim. You can be Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, hell, you can even be Pastafarian if you’d like!!!! I absolutely have NO problem with Christianity. My best friend is Catholic, my boyfriend is Catholic, and I know and love many other Christians in my life, and I have absolutely no problem with how they worship.
What I DO have a problem with is using your religion as an excuse to push hate or your political views, no matter what the religion.
What the alt-right and some Republicans have been doing is just that. Using your religion as an excuse is not OK. And all of these anti-gay politicians are doing just that. All of these politicians restricting a woman’s right to birth control or a woman’s right to choose are doing just that.
America was founded on the separation of church and state. Just because you are extremely religious does not mean everyone else has to be. If you don’t believe in a woman’s right to choose, great, don’t get an abortion. If you personally aren’t gay, great, but some people are.
And you know what? While we’re at it, these Christians who are accusing liberals of being OK with everyone no matter what except for Christians . . . are you OK with NOT accepting everyone no matter what? Because yeah, I am Jewish so I don’t really know what Jesus taught, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do with accepting and loving everyone no matter what.
AND if you think you DO love everyone no matter what, take a step back and look at yourself. Restricting people from marrying the person they love? That’s not loving them. Restricting someone from using the bathroom that they feel is the correct bathroom for them just because of how they were born? That’s not loving them. Denying a woman who may be a victim of rape or sexual assault the choice to get an abortion? That’s not love. Not allowing a woman safe and affordable access to birth control even if she may just have really bad periods or cramps or even if she just isn’t ready to have children right now? That’s not love.
OK, and one more thing. Because the Starbucks I’m writing at closes in six minutes. If you want more please reach out.
As a liberal, you’re mad at me for not being OK with Christians (which is false, just not OK with using your religion as an excuse for hate)? How about you not being OK with Muslims? How about you wanting to REGISTER people because of their religious beliefs? How about you thinking that all Muslims are terrorists?
Again, not something I’m thinking Jesus would be cool with. But who knows, I’m just a Jew.