Thanks Rachel. You brought tears to the eyes of these, admittedly hormonal, woman this morning, while I'm getting ready to go decorate for my best friends wedding and am looking forward to two long days of flower girl wrangling while wearing a dress I can't breath in. Thanks for making things seem a little brighter with your loving reprove:
"You know how you think that Obama supporters sound stark raving mad and possibly all belong in a loony bin? I'm afraid I have some bad news - you sound exactly the same, you just happen to be rooting for the other team. Obama may not be the savior of the world, but he's not the devil incarnate either. A little bit of restraint on both sides wouldn't go astray. You can't control their rhetoric, but you can control yours.
Really, you should try it sometime. I've been reading your blog for years and gotten a lot from it, and I'm getting sick to death of you putting down every single person that disagrees with you, just because they disagree with you.
I'm about to go back to shopping with Garlands of Grace instead of buying your snoods. They might not approve of the Catholic Church, but their behavior is certainly more in line with my Catholic beliefs right now. They've only made one badly thought through comment and I can forgive a mistake.
I can not wait until this stupid election is over. Perhaps then people can go back to pretending to get along."
The funny thing is, the majority of the people that I love are pretty liberal. I'm from California. I went to a liberal school. I was a communist for a while. I've changed. In the last year I've met more conservatives. But my family and friends are overwhelmingly not conservative. And so the picture I have in my head of liberals is one that's informed by actual experience. I worked at a non-profit in Berkeley. I know that most liberals are people who are inspired by love and a different picture of what would fix our country's problems.
Will I slam ridiculous politicians? Absolutely. Especially ridiculous politicians that attempt to use their "Catholic" faith to lead people towards evil, like, um, I don't know, killing babies (oh wait, there I go, sounding stark raving mad again).
Maybe it's "stark raving mad" to believe that there is right and wrong, good and evil, in this world, but our faith tells us that it's so. And a man who argues that a baby born alive and still be discarded like trash, is spewing incredibly evil and trying to promote it. I'm sorry, Rachel, that's the truth.
If my defense of life means that you need to shop elsewhere, or stop reading my blog so it doesn't lead you to sin, that's okay. You don't have to read my blog. You don't have to shop at my stores. You have the right to shop where you want, which is awesome. And if I make you feel uncomfortable and angry than it's probably for the best if you lend your support elsewhere. Then you want feel bad about where you spend your hard earned dollars.
There are more important things than making a buck. It's not going to kill either of us. And it sounds like my blog isn't good for you, from your own description of your interpretation of my words.
And maybe, just maybe, you should think twice before you publish your next comment and take a good long look at the blog to see if what you claim your reading, is really before your eyes, or whether it's a reflection of the anger in your own heart.
It's a frustrating time right now. I can't wait until November. But I'm also not going to transform who I am and hide what I believe is true, because it makes some people uncomfortable. This would be a pretty boring blog if I did that, wouldn't it?