But I am not giving up.
“Before I start, if you are reading this through Facebook, it will be the last thing you see me post. I’m done. If I didn’t have so many things tied to Facebook, I’d honestly just shitcan it.
If you are family or close friends, you know how to reach me. If you are even remotely interested in my thoughts and opinions, you can find me on Twitter. Otherwise, fin.”
I have since had a change of heart. I thought long and hard about the decision I made to abandon Facebook after speaking to several friends this morning. They made a good point when they suggested that I was giving up on everything I had been fighting for over the last two decades as a civil rights activist, writer, and journalist.
So, I’ve decided that I will make it my quest over the next four years to do everything I possibly can to be a strong ally to the LGBTQI, POC, and Spiritual communities that don’t fit within the confines of white, evangelical Christianity.
I will be posting every single day on this blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter, items that reflect my points of view regarding my support for those who have been disenfranchised, and excluded. I will be posting stories and viewpoints that support my liberal agenda. I will be posting items that denigrate hatred, bigotry, discrimination, and intolerance. Many of you will not like what I have to say.
Thus, I included a warning on my Facebook page to unfollow me now if you are easily offended by homosexuality, spiritual points of view that outside the scope of evangelical Christianity, course language, and strong points of view.
I am so very disappointed in so very many people. I am ashamed of our country. I am angry at so many things. And there are few issues that I am compelled to point out. Mostly, though,
I am afraid…
I am afraid for the children of immigrants and minorities as they arrive at school on November 9th, where bullying has already dramatically increased due to an emboldening by Donald Trump before he was elected President. I am afraid for adults who are black, Latino, and/or members of the LGBT community as they arrive at work tomorrow, knowing that there are eyes on them from those who feel vindicated in their bigotry.
I am afraid for their safety as they exit the bars, shops, and theaters tomorrow night, as their will undoubtedly be those laying in wait. I am very afraid for our Muslim citizens, who will undoubtedly bear much of the brunt.
This fear doesn’t abate the day after tomorrow. No, it increases and will do so exponentially as the days pass by, because the racists, bigots, homophobes and the rest of the deplorables will be increasingly emboldened to retaliate for imagined wrongs committed against them simply for being born a minority, female, or gay.
Friends have already told me that they have received cries for help from members of the LGBT community who have threatened suicide.
There will be blood drawn, of that you can be sure.
I am afraid for my fellow journalists, who were already coming under attack during the election, and who will now face even more restrictions and possible legal trouble under a Trump presidency. I am afraid for every woman in this country, regardless of party affiliation, as the prevailing view from the religious right remains one of misogyny, and Trump has done nothing but reinforce this. I am afraid for their reproductive rights. I am afraid for their safety as millions of women are already triggered by the specter of sexual assault, which apparently is perfectly acceptable to those who put Trump in the Oval Office.
We have lost so much already. The moral compass of our country is shattered. We have a President who has threatened to jail his opponent, pull us out of NATO, deploy squads of police to go door to door searching for undocumented citizens. He has mocked the disabled. He insulted the bravery of our veterans. He is a consummate denier of science as evidenced by his comments on evolution, climate change, and the non-existent link between vaccines as autism. The list goes on. You all have heard it, ad nauseum.
The man is not just a buffoon, but he’s dangerous. Hell, he hasn’t even taken office yet, and the American and foreign markets have already started to crash.
It gets worse…
With the GOP controlling Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court will look vastly different for at least a generation. So, you can kiss goodbye the Affordable Health Care Act – costing tens of millions of people to lose insurance, and for those who have pre-existing conditions to be excluded from getting the care they need.
The religious right will do everything they can to overturn Roe v. Wade, putting millions of women back into seeking the medical help they need from back-alley, unlicensed physicians. We will have detrimental changes made to the progress that has been made in the areas of equality in marriage, the military, the workplace, and in society.
We have a man in the Oval Office who has received support and endorsements from the Ku Klux Klan, countless white supremacy groups, and neo-nazi organizations. This, alone, should frighten anyone with an ounce of morality.
To those individuals and organizations within the Christian faith who have supported Trump, I am done with you. Period. End of story. Don’t call me, don’t email me, don’t write me, don’t text me. Don’t invite me to your events, parties, or get-togethers. If you come to my house, I will remove myself from your presence. You are, by far, the biggest bunch of hypocrites I believe I have ever encountered.
You are a disgrace and a traitor to the very Jesus you claim to follow. Your acts, actions, and rhetoric toward many of your fellow human beings is reprehensible. American Christianity has become a joke. A laughing stock to the rest of the world.
I will continue to write here as long as it’s legal. But you are basically reading the words of a hermit. Especially considering where I live. So, if you invite me out somewhere, I will most likely pass on the offer. At this point, I have zero desire to be around anyone who has supported Trump. In fact, I have little desire to be around anyone from the human race. My faith in humanity is destroyed.
We voted for bigotry, misogyny, discrimination, hatred, ignorance, religious intolerance, and fascism. Whatever happens to us as a society, we have only ourselves to blame.
There is so much wrong with happened on Election Day, with the fact that this man was elected as the leader of the free world. The rest of the planet, with the exception of maybe North Korea and Russia, are flabbergasted and rightfully very concerned.
And, as I already pointed out, his denial of Climate Change will have detrimental impact on the earth, and funding for alternative energy such as wind and solar will be reduced or cut completely, sending our environmental progress back decades.
I need to stop writing now, though. It’s late, I’m tired, angry, and feeling quite hopeless for myself, my wife, my children, my grandchildren, and even my mother-in-law.
I’ve probably already said too much.