Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm done

Two years ago today, I wrote a blog post with this same title.

I was taking a step away from things, especially politics. My life depended on it. It ended up not being a long break, but it was necessary.

The reasons for the break were not discussed two years ago. I won't discuss most of those issues today.

However, I will discuss the breaking point.

You see, many f my friends break down into to categories: Gay and Mormon.

And, two years ago, these two groups were fighting it out with one another over gay marriage. Both side were responding to each other with hate and intolerance. And it was bothering me to the point of depression. Suicide was on the table.

So I stepped back, looked at my life, and found a way to move forward.

Now, there is once again much hate and intolerance being expressed. However, one side is reaching out in love. The other side is reaching out in hatred and intolerance.

If you can accept me for who I am, fine. However, I can't change my religious beliefs any more than I can change who I love and am attracted to.

I've long stood up and defended your rights. However, if you keep saying mean and ignorant things about me and my people, I am done with you.

I am done standing up to defend non-discrimination ordinances.

I'm done defending your rights to civil unions.

I'm done.

Tolerance is a two-way street. Since you want it to be one-way only, I'm not going to even give you that.


P.S. To hear one side speak, 30 seconds of General Conference was the entire weekend's message. I encourage everybody to back and listen to/watch/read the whole 10 hours, and see what Mormons really believe.


Ryan said...

Bob, I totally agree. Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Tough choice to make, Bob, and I support you all the way. Hang in there. This, too, shall pass.

PS Let's go get breakfast sometime. We can take turns bashing Matheson or Philpot. (Me the first, you the second)

Federal Farmer said...

Great post, simple, to the point, and powerful. I appreciate your courage.

Anonymous said...

Tolerance is not a two-way street. Last time I checked Jesus commanded us to, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you..."