If you have strong opinions on something controversial and you express them on Facebook, you cannot expect others to not challenge them. Venting on social media? That’s certainly your choice. But if you really don’t want dissenting views and aren’t interested in having a discussion with someone with a different opinion, go get all worked up to your echo chamber instead.
Do you want to potentially change someone’s mind (or at least get him/ her to consider something in a new way)? Or do you simply want validation from your likeminded friends?
If your take on an issue can’t stand cross-examination, maybe it’s time for you to reconsider it. If you yourself cannot tolerate respectful debate and disagreement, perhaps tone down the passion a bit.
If you invite controversy,
you must welcome it!
Have seen this floating around Facebook, and I just HAD to comment on it….
The implied message of the meme above is that the reason Dylann Storm was treated far better (understatement) than Eric Garner is because he is white and the police are a bunch of racists. This is, to put it simply, absolute bull.
Garner was resisting arrest. Roof was not. Yes, Dylann’s crime was heinously evil, and yes Eric’s offense should not have been a crime at all (selling untaxed cigarettes? really?). But to automatically jump to racism as the reason why they were treated differently is fallacious (and that’s putting it kindly). Also, a black officer ( Kizzy Adoni) SUPERVISED Garner’s arrest. Was she racist as well?
when there isn’t evidence of racism
(Isolate the variable, you idiot)
“The Book of Mormon [musical]? A Broadway hit. A figurine of Christ in a jar of urine? A museum piece. Mocking Islam and its prophet? Intolerable.”
-Eric Rozeman (writer/ editor for Washington Jewish Week)
“[T]he media came out and defended the Texas Draw Muhammad event targeted by radical Muslims. The Chicago Tribune said the event “poke[s] wicked fun at [religion] … lampoons the ability of persons of faith to compartmentalize.” The New York Times praised the event for “scrupulously disassemb[ling]” and mocking Islam with “vignettes” that “float into the high altitudes of absurdity.” Variety called the event a “nonstop fusillade of obscenities.”
Oh, wait. Sorry, that was The Book of Mormon, the Mormonism-bashing Tony-award winning musical that actually carries a song with the lyrics “f*** you, God.” Nobody got shot for making that “brave musical.” The media worshipped it, nonetheless.
But when two radical Muslims shoot up a Draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, the media jump to rip the event.”
-Ben Shapiro (read!)
Hypocrisy on Religious Tolerance FTW!
“Spiritual help is but a prayer away!”
-Thomas Monson (current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
“He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.”
-“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (Hymn #136)
“Cry unto him for mercy…cry unto him when ye are in your houses, yea over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening…[P]our out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.”
-Alma 34: 18;21;26 (in the Book of Mormon)
PS: I loooove that quote from Elder Anderson!
PPS: I got that picture from the Church’s new media/ photo-stock website, where they have all these great images for FREE! Awesome…
We are $18 trillion in debt, Islamic terrorism is gaining in America, and the Chinese just hacked every federal employee.
Let’s put a woman on the $10 bill!
(it’s happening, folks. read here)
Why do people get hung up on dumb things? Why do we keep fighting silly battles? Why can’t we worry about what actually matters? Sigh.
Read here for what the US govt. could learn from the LDS Church regarding $$
*Also, I know you can’t tell, but I’ve got an elephant on my necklace in that picture. Cool!
“I know that you are engrossed in your studies. This is important, but in a sense it is a selfish pursuit. Take a little time, now and again, to reach out beyond yourselves to help others. There are those around around you in need of a little kindness, a little attention, a little appreciation.”
-Gordon B. Hinckley (former president/ prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Personal progress without narcissism
Improving yourself without (figurative!) naval gazing
Self-care, but not self-involvement
Your life is about more than just YOU!
And my life is about more than just me 😉
(not tryin’ to preach)