You are correct, there is a massive divide in society. People are both scared and offended. The point of this post is not to solely critique the conservative movement and maybe I did that, for which I am sorry. There are plenty of people on the left who use hateful rhetoric as well. All Southerners should not be called racists. All Christians should not be called hate mongers. All republicans should not be called fascists.
The point I was trying to make is that hateful and stereotyping rhetoric is wrong and has no place in political discourse or the church. To label an entire community as potential predators because of where they go to the bathroom is wrong. To label an entire religion as radical terrorists is wrong. To label an entire segment of the nation as racist is wrong. To label an entire religion as discriminatory due to their beliefs is wrong.
The point that I was hoping to make is that there is no secret police out there waiting to “get” the right. There is no conspiracy to limit the voice of conservatives or liberals or anyone else. The point I was attempting to make is that when people actively call for the death or torture of a large group of people it is wrong. When people ignore the pleas of people who find rhetoric or team names offensive it is wrong.
Liberals can, and are, just as guilty of this as conservatives at times. The point is that there is no secret police out to get you or to shut your mouth. The point is that there are people who find what is said offensive, demeaning, or threatening.
Let’s conclude with your Hindu neighbor. The community may be torn over the issue of transgender or homosexuality, just as the Christian community is. There may be a level of discomfort, uncertainty, or even fear about Target’s bathroom policy. Has your Hindu neighbor called all people within that community a potential predator or are they struggling with the issue and their opinions, feelings, and beliefs related to it? My concern is not with struggling with issues as we all do that, on the left and the right and the middle. My concern is with the rhetoric that is sometimes attached to those issues. To say you are uncomfortable with a transgender person being in the same bathroom as you is one thing, an issue that you will need to think about and discern on your own, but to say or imply that all transgender people are potential predators? That is the problem.
Liberals can be just as offensive as conservatives. This is without question. My concern is with people believing they are being muzzled for their opinions when, in fact, they are simply being told that someone or entire communities find them offensive.
Hold your beliefs and speak whatever they are but know that when communities advocate for death, hatred, or denial of human rights that there are people who will speak up. This is not the “PC Police”, it’s just people who are offended and people who work to support their neighbors. If you disagree that is completely fine, you have your right to speak and voice your opinions. My point is that, as a person of faith, I will never advocate for death, torture, or discrimination. Maybe you won’t either (I certainly hope that you don’t!) but if you do I will stand up and say it’s wrong regardless of which side of the aisle it comes from. Please speak your mind but know that I will speak too, not as a member of some secret police but rather as someone who simply finds such rhetoric offensive.
One final note: yes, we who consider ourselves liberal or progressive or whatever can be and are just as offensive at times. We have just as much work to do as you do.