People who leave hateful anonymous comments are cowards. Stay and dialogue, stay and engage, risk your identity.
Empathy and compassion are not pats on the head or agreeing without thinking. Intimacy of spirit isn’t walking in lockstep, it’s being connected even during difficult conversations.
Jim Rigby gets a lot of those mean hateful comments from people who are afraid of change, afraid to face their own bigotry in the name of religion.
He got one recently and wrote this post in response.
The money quote, so far as I am concerned, and something I referenced yesterday:
“Fundamentalists always say that they do not hate anyone, but God wants you to know when you try to take other people’s children, deny them insurance or demean their relationships as less than yours- you indeed hate them in any meaningful definition of that world”
I want them to know that too. I mean, God? Who knows, but frankly if Humanity is God Connected? Then as a human I want them to know that yes, that is indeed hate. And it’s not ok.
I wish that person had the courage of his or her convictions and had just made an appointment to talk to Rigby. Would it have been too scary, too risky? Or is their just more cruel pleasure in drive by hate?