Re: Activism, Social Justice, Protests and you: The Political Discussion Containment Thread
Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:59 pm
Mission of showing yourself to be an unfunny jerk also accomplished. Seriously. This is on a spectrum with (not the same as) trashing things to show you can. It's really not a good look on you.
You know what else isn't a good look for someone? Being an annoying, whiny, self-righteous social justice warrior who jumps on every single social issue that shows up in the media...whether a battle is warranted or not. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of social injustices out there that need to be addressed. For instance, inequality for women's pay seems to be a consistent issues across the board that needs to be resolved once an for all. As a man who works with some highly intelligent, highly skilled, but grossly underpaid women, I think this is horrible. Racism, legitimate racism from some racist cops that exist out there, is absolutely a real problem that needs to be addressed. There have been legitimate violent acts of racism by police officers across the country that have gone unpunished. This is a disgusting thing for any human being to do. Obviously there are several more definitive issues that can be listed, but I won't pretend to be knowledgeable enough to list everything or to go into the kind of significant detail.
What I will mention, however, is that not every shooting of a black person by a cop is racist. There are legitimate black criminals that don't comply with the police, and if those officers don't react by shooting them, they could die themselves. Not every shooting of a cop by a black man is an act of racism. Some are, some aren't. However, every single time a black person is shot by a cop, people blindly start screaming, protesting, and flocking to the front lines of the courthouse. This, of course, is without examining any of the facts. It's gut reaction, nothing more.
Another thing to mention is women's rights. Women having true equality in both pay and stature is one thing, but saying that ALL their rights are being taken away because of the defunding of Planned Parenthood is another. Planned Parenthood commits 300,000 abortions per year. Yes, they also offer other services like affordable birth control, clinical breast examinations, pregnancy testing, STD testing, sex education, etc. However, these things basically mask the fact that this is a true killing machine. Planned Parenthood is responsible for way more murder than all of the racist cops AND all of the cop killing black people in America combined. However, abortion is the "right" of women? Because it's "your" body? No ma'am. If it was "your body" that was being dealt with during an abortion, then you would be the one to DIE during an abortion. Not an innocent child that was simply too inconvenient for you to raise. Oh, and don't give me the whole "what about incest, rape, or the mother's life being in danger" routine. That makes up LESS than 1% of all abortion cases. This argument holds very little water. So yeah, if Planned Parenthood and it's baby-killing machine are what you're screaming for in regards to women's rights, then I MUST be sexist because I'm not okay with women having that particular..."right". Please hear that last sentence in your head with the most sarcastic tone of voice you can think of.
Lastly, the discrimination of Muslims. This is a bit of a tricky topic. Unlike a ton of my fellow conservatives, I'm not a big enough idiot to believe that all Muslims are violent terrorists. While I've never read the Quran, I've read a good amount about the "sword verses" that the terrorist faction of the Islamic faith points to to justify their violent actions. A lot of conservatives use the existence of those "sword verses" to label the entire faith as violent. After reading more about these verses myself, I realized that context is a huge deal. Therefore, labeling the entire following of Islam as violent is just about as ignorant as labeling all of Christianity as violent as well, simply because of taking some Old Testament verses out of context. I mean, seriously, wrathful God much?
So yeah, Muslims, as a whole, aren't violent whatsoever. Here's the deal though, the terrorism is happening, it's scary, and it's dangerous. The radical Muslims are absolutely a minority among their fellow believers. However, the Nazis of WW2 were technically the minority in Germany, too. Who drove the agenda though? The peaceful majority? Or the violent minority? Obviously you guys know the answer to that question. Today, the same thing is going on. Except now, it's not the minority of a country that is driving a violent agenda, but the minority of one of the world's largest religions..meaning this easily spans country borders. It's terrifying, and people have a right to be both scared AND cautious because of that fear. Obviously, flat out discrimination is completely uncalled for, but don't mistake taking extra precautions that may or may not involve singling out individual Muslims for security reasons or restricting travel in certain capacities as discrimination. We live in dangerous times, and extra measures have to be taken in order to keep the all of us safe and secure.
I say all that to say this: The anger and frustration that I've personally seen from Muslims is completely misplaced. From what I can tell, the government is being blamed, our president is being blamed....everybody is being blamed, except the the terrorists within the faith. As a Christian, if the Crusades (remember those?) were occurring during modern times (which was basically the Christian equivalent to what's going on with Islam right now), I wouldn't be blaming the government or the president for taking extra precaution with me because of my Christian faith. I would completely understand that people were terrified of the radicals WITHIN my faith. Therefore, instead of blaming the government, I would do everything I could to help and support the leaders of the Christian church to go after these "crusader terrorists" in order for me to no longer be viewed as threat by society. I mean, don't get me wrong, it would suck, it really would. However, why direct anger and place blame towards a government and president who did NOT cause these acts of terrorism and also didn't cause my religion to appear terrifying? I'll repeat, anger and protest in situations like that should never be misplaced.
In conclusion, it's extremely annoying to see people that jump on every liberal social justice bandwagon that comes across the news. Not all of those situations warrant any protest whatsoever. Granted, some people, like our own Mr. Kaiser Farooque here on our forums, have a more personal dog in the fight. I get it, man, but try to remember to not misplace your anger and your protest. Others however, jump on issues that not only do not warrant any kind of protest, but those "issues" don't even have relevance to them personally. It's ridiculous, it's ignorant, and it's extremely annoying. Therefore, I will most definitely speak my mind in regards to unnecessary protesting. Even if speaking my mind involves making fun of the silliness of the protesters. I look like a jerk? Sure, okay. At least I'm not whiny and self-righteous.
Crap. I guess I just participated in a political discussion on here again.
Oh, and FYI, I'm not "offended" by these types of discussions. I'm really just annoyed by them. These forums were a cool place several years ago when I was a much more active member. These kinds of discussions weren't happening back then. Now they are, and it makes me want to come here less often.
Anyway, bring on the critical comments. I have a fantastic life, so I won't lose any sleep over it. Have yourselves a good afternoon.