Guest Opinion by Anonymous (for obvious reasons)
Kudos to you. But you had better be prepared for a whole lot of hatred coming your way from the hypocritical left. They have a real habit of telling you to be tolerant while telling you to die. As the public face of support for SB1062, Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill, State Senator Al Melvin’s Facebook page was deluged with vile comments. We don’t have space for all of them, but here are some excellent examples of what passes for political discourse and tolerance on the left these days:
Some folks just want to blame the Mormons… Like Kay here. She is a former member of the church who thinks it is a cult. Of course, Kay also thinks the majority of GOP legislators are LDS, and she intends to make sure that everyone knows that.
Shane wouldn’t blame the Mormons, because he likely considers it narrow-minded to blame just one group of Christians when you can blame ALL of the Christians.
Jett seems less upset at organized religion and more upset at the Bible itself. A lot more upset.
Bart here is apparently still smarting from losing his job as a nutrition counselor. In fairness Bart, we’re pretty sure that’s not the 5-A-Day plan most people think about.
Ciaran was in a bit of a hurry, so we just get the short and sweet from Ciaran. It gets weird when Ciaran seems to have some inside knowledge though. First you want him to die, then you celebrate that he’s almost dead? Does Ciaran know something we don’t know?
Comparatively speaking, David here is one of the good guys. He doesn’t want Melvin dead, but he’s liking the idea of tracking down a State Senator and beating him, you know, “for good measure”?
James wants lots of people to die, so it isn’t personal, okay Senator Melvin? We mean, he does want you to die, but he also wants lots of other people to die.
Richard seemed like a pretty good example of the basic profanity laced “I wish you were dead” comment. Not exactly Lincoln-Douglas, but we’re sure he’s doing the best he can with what he has.
And what would a leftist outburst be without invoking a Nazi reference or two? Gary, what’s with that profile picture though? Seriously?
Chris Thomas has anger issues. He isn’t alone in that. Melvin’s campaign says they’ve deleted “probably two hundred” posts that were not what we’d call family friendly. But Chris seemed to be one of the more inspired authors of hate-filled rants. And oddly, Chris is very pro-Common Core, which ought to have been a completely different debate. Looks like Chris doesn’t like Melvin’s position against Common Core either. Show of hands here, do you agree with Chris’ assertion that he is “apart of the human race?”
Remarkably, it looks like part of Melvin’s team actually took the time to respond to this guy. They probably didn’t make that effort twice. Chris is not pleased. Now Chris wants Melvin’s people dead. Also, Chris would like to add his voice to those who do not like the bible. We know, you’re shocked.
Chris and Kay ought to talk. Chris doesn’t like Mormons either. He wants them to die. Graphically. In fact, he’s already decided how he wants them to die. We think we speak for civilized society at large when we say we’re glad Chris doesn’t have it his way?
Looks like Melvin’s campaign started deleting Chris’ comments. Well OF COURSE they did! We’d recommend not just deleting them, but using the BAN feature offered by Facebook. Apparently they didn’t go that route, because Chris is back and he wants Al Melvin DEAD, weirdly enough, with the bullet that hit Gabby Giffords. Although he’ll apparently settle for a .357 round.
The statement we received from Melvin’s campaign was relatively patient, considering. They said “Al’s been at this a long time. He has voted for Constitutional Carry, protecting marriage, SB1070, and the list goes on. So this isn’t the first time he has taken a stand on an important issue. Receiving hate from people who disagree with you is saddening but not surprising. Comments usually fall into four groups: People who agree with you or thank you. People who disagree with you and want to debate the idea. People who just want to call names without adding anything to the debate. And the really ugly folks who flat out hate you and tend to lost control of their thoughts and emotions in their haste to express their hate. The third and fourth groups are just best deleted, otherwise they obscure any rational debate that might actually occur, and they tend to drive away the decent people who may agree or disagree with you.”
Point taken. And if it makes our blog readers feel better, Chris Thomas, like most of the folks captured in this post, isn’t even from Arizona. That makes us feel a bit better, even if now we have to feel sorry for Chesapeake, Virginia!