You know, I’ve ranted and raved so much about the staggering intolerance that exists in our so-called ‘free’ society, and the religion-based justifications most of that intolerance is based on, that I’m pretty much talked out on the subject. The problem is, however, that most of the screaming angst inside my head – the screaming angst this blog was meant to help me with – is directly associated with the intolerance I see all around me, leaving me no choice but to deal with that angst in other, less direct, ways… 😳
Anyway… Other than ‘the war on women,’ the biggest news on the intolerance front these days has been about the rights of gays. And, by far, the biggest headlines from that part of the struggle these days has been about All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam’s decision to ‘come out of the closet’ ahead of the upcoming NFL draft in May.
Wow, I can scarcely begin to express the pride I felt at that young man’s courage! At the same time however, I couldn’t help but be filled with dread over the ‘trials and tribulations’ I imagined to be headed his way as well. It was like all those scenes from movies or on TV where ‘the little guy’ finally decided to stand up to the bully – you just know there’s a major ass-kicking coming the little guy’s way! Or perhaps a better scenario would be to imagine yourself as one of David’s friends, standing, aghast, on the sidelines as he insanely dared to challenge a seemingly indestructible Goliath.
But then, like ‘manna from heaven,’ my heart was miraculously lifted back up again when I saw “The Rewrite” segment from The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell last night – containing an enlightened response from just about the last place in America I’d expect such an an enlightened response to come from…
On the other hand, I now feel that sense of dread over the future prospects of poor Dale Hansen, who no doubt has a very angry mob of homophobic Texans, replete with pitchforks and torches, rapidly closing in on his castle! 😯
I want ice water.
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