I have a few hard line stances to which I am pretty much a hard stay.
Most people are cool with the difference of opinion.
Two groups who, ironically, preach tolerance/love/acceptance have been the ones most often and most likely to hold these opinions against me.
1. Fundamentalist Christians
2. Hard Left Liberals
I have a few people who hold a hardcore dislike for me or who love to “preach” their message but do everything that they can to NOT hear any other message.
All of these people fall into the category of Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal.
For instance, I do not think that Palestine will ever be “democratic.” Yet, there are a group of liberals whom I have known who attend rallies, meetings and such with the goal of a “free and democratic” Palestine. When I tell them that this is impossible, they automatically think that I am for the status quo in Palestine and that I am pro everything Israel. However, that could not be further from the truth.
I believe that Israel is the author of many of the woes of Palestine. I believe that Israel has become an offensive fraud who preaches democracy, yet, oppresses a whole class of people based upon fear and greed.
I, also, believe that the Arab Nations share guilt in this endless conflict. All of the Arabs. Iraq, Saudi Arabia (most guilty and most hypocritical), Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and Palestine. These people are as great a problem and sticking point as the Israelis.
That said, no Palestinian State that emerges at this time will be democratic. It will be another Islamic Despotism based on the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Liberal fallacies and fantasies about freedom and democracy in the region are naught but dreamy intentions paving the way to hell for Arab Christians and Muslims in Palestine.
I also have my Fundie Christian detractors. Those purveyors of hellfire and brimstone who “innocently” imply that I am on the path to hell and can’t quite understand how such a belief would offend anyone. These people have told me countless times that morality can not exist without Christianity. For them, there is no morality without Christ.
I, on the other hand, look at the history of Christianity and think that if that is morality, I’d rather be immoral.
When I refute their claims, they claim that I am blaspheming their religion. They tell me that I am disrespecting their beliefs. They tell me that I should be more tolerant.
That bewilders me. The thought that I should be “tolerant” of a belief that condemns me to hell. The idea that I should be more respectful of a religion that believes that I will burn for eternity because I do not pay lip service or believe in their system of intellectual and emotional servitude to a capricious deity who on the one hand orders genocide and on the other preaches faith, hope and love BUT only if you believe in him, his son and their plan for salvation.
If I deign not to believe, I shall burn in hell for eternity.
And I’m the disrespectful, intolerant one?
Yet, that I have the audacity to make it clear that I think Palestinian Democracy or Salvation at the hands of a vengeful, judgmental God or whatever pet project a Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal might have is based on fallacy, I am the intolerant one.
These folks are absolutist. There is no room for difference with these folks. I will admit that I might be wrong. I fully and freely admit that I do not know all.
But there is no room for doubt with these folks. Therefore, I become the enemy. The hated one.
They preach. They give their story. They’ll demand that you listen, that you give them your time. When you attempt to give your side, they will not listen. Their minds close as tightly as their eyes, ears and hearts.
And then I become the evil one.
For most of these people, these are mere tools with which they bash the opponent. You are required to tolerate and accept their ideas. They require that you dismiss yours.