Sorry but I’m not sorry.
Brittany captures a very important psychological phenomenom called coginitive dissonance, and mostly I think all of us can learn a thing or two from this discourse.
If I hear one more Christian say “but not all Christians are like that” I’m going to explode.
Stop taking my oppression and making it about you. Christians oppress the hell out of the LGBT community and since Christians make up the majority of the US, they hold a lot of power.
Seriously, here are just a few anti-LGBT things that have been said recently by Christians — that gay folks should be put in an electrified pen and killed off, that parents should punch their feminine sons and force their “butch daughters” to “act like a girl” by “being attractive”, that gay marriage is the equivalent of “man and beast”, that we should be ”persecuted like we were historically” (I’m guessing he meant death), that gays are responsible for the Nazi Party, that gay doctors shouldn’t be allowed to treat children, that Gay Pride Month is similar to pride for adultery or drunkenness, and I could go on and on but I’m going to stop there.
And YOU are seriously going to get offended when I rant about Christians after they say these things about me and my community? YOU are seriously going to get upset when I flinch when I hear you call yourself a Christian?
Why don’t you show us how “not all Christians are like that” instead? Fight for LGBT rights. Show us that you care.
I don’t know how many times I’ve hear WHITE people say, ‘But not all whites are like that’ when a PoC expresses or shares a story of racism & bigotry.
Or the number of times I’ve heard men say, ‘but not all men are like that,’ when hearing about obvious examples of misogyny or sexism.
So here’s the thing, people, we’re talking about PRIVILEGE. There is straight privilege, and male privilege, and Christian privilege, and white privilege, and abled privilege, and when you are part of the majority, or part of the PRIVILEGED group, by choice or otherwise, it’s very difficult to understand the anger, frustration, and daily reality of NOT living with that privilege.
So the next time someone starts talking about YOUR PRIVILEGED group, and something shitty someone did/said/or general oppression, don’t say, ‘But, not all [insert privileged group here] are like that.
Instead, sit down, shut up, and learn something about the system that grants this sort of privilege.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of math, gravity, evolution, and electricity to honor brother Edward and to send the powers of Seal Team 666 to rescue him from Planet Klolobb so he may spend eternity with the kind of free-thinkers he chose to hang out with on Earth.
So by the power granted to me by the Blair Witch, schlemiel schlimazel, e plurbis mumbo-jumbo, Expecto Patronum, sussussudio, yo momma… I call upon the Mormon spirits to leave your body the fuck alone. Brother Edward, in this world you had to put up with Mitt Romney. You’ve suffered enough!