Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.
Can anything be more disgusting than to hear people called ‘educated’ making small jokes about eating ham, and showing themselves empty of any real knowledge as to the relation of their own social and religious life to the history of the people they think themselves witty in insulting? … The best thing that can be said of it is, that it is a sign of the intellectual narrowness-in plain English, the stupidity which is still the average mark of our culture.
The rationale seems to be that we keep people as victims by validating them, empathizing with them, and fighting alongside them for equality and the dignity they deserve. I don’t think people are kept down by that. I believe what keeps people down is the constant dismissal of their pain, the degradation, the humiliation, the fear of injustice, and the continuous crushing of their will, their faith, and their hope. This type of oppression kills the self-esteem people need to empower themselves, and it’s flat-out terrorism.
I think we need to develop a powerful dose of tolerance to understand each other’s humanness. None of us is perfect.
It is nonsense for the Government to allow any loopholes for religious homophobia. Bigotry is bigotry whether it’s dressed up in the language of faith or not.
Bigots see something they expect and then they stop thinking about what is in front of them. It’s probably how they got to be bigots in the first place.
Don’t we get it? To put our arm around someone who is gay, someone who has an addiction, somebody who lives a different lifestyle, someone who is not what we think they should be… doing that has nothing to do with enabling them or accepting what they do as okay by us. It has nothing to do with encouraging them in their practice of what you or I might feel or believe is wrong vs right.
It has everything to do with being a good human being. A good person. A good friend.
One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it’s an act of revolution.
If you’d combat bigotry, use honest language and call things out for what they really are.
Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.