*Language/mature themes alert*
So, if you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen some rather nasty exchanges happen on my feed.
This all happened in light of the Planned Parenthood shooting. I watched the feed of that unfold, my heart breaking. My love goes out to all the victims that were hurt or had to die at the hands of this evil man. I believe terrorist is beyond an appropriate label.
There are so many things to talk about, so many discussions to be had, but I wanted to talk about the tweets I saw commending this shooter as some kind of saviour. A pro-life murderer, if you like.
It was disgusting. A vile display of humanity by people who, not only claim to be well educated, but also claim to be religious. Now, I spent 18 years of my life paying twice-weekly visits to church (I’m Roman Catholic), and not once — NOT ONCE — did I hear my priest urge people to go out and slaughter innocent human beings in God’s name. Not. Once. Anyways… I could go on, but there are folks with better words and bigger brains already covering that discussion.
The thing I want to get out of my head is the response I received to this tweet:
For the most part, people felt the same way I did, and lots of lovely, brave women tweeted at me to discuss their personal experiences with their local PP, experiences that had NOTHING to do with getting an abortion. Now, let me make it clear here that I absolutely know and agree, that for whatever reason people were in the Colorado Springs clinic, that is their business. No one has the right to dictate to these women what they can and can’t do. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO START SHOOTING AT THEM.
I am pro-choice. That doesn’t mean I support killing babies. *smh* THAT MEANS I SUPPORT THE WOMEN WHO HAVE TO MAKE THIS CHOICE.
(Another tangent… sorry.)
So, when I tweeted what I did, I fully expected to meet with disagreement, a debate. What I actually met with was this:
This guy really REALLY liked insisting upon his levels of intelligence while simultaneously calling me dumb.
*Side note* If you have to keep pointing out how intelligent you are, it probably means you’re not. Much like a joke, if you have to explain it, it was never that funny:
But wait? What if the “intelligence” cup runneth dry?
These little chats went on for…too long.
I was so damn mad at myself — still am a little. I usually avoid disagreements over Twitter because it’s pointless. Almost never do people say, ZOMG! YOU’RE RIGHT. I HAVE COMPLETELY CHANGED MY STANCE ON <INSERT ISSUE HERE>. But you know how sometimes, you get that ‘you are so out of line’ feeling? It chews at you, makes you sweat, shake, run responses back and forth inside your head until you go bonkers? Well, that’s what happened here.
I don’t usually engage, but I was already mad, and before I could pull it back, I’d hit reply. And then of course it becomes a battle of smarts and will, until it devolves into insults — of which I have zero interest in. I work with words, I know they only have as much power as you, the reader/receiver, chooses to give them, and when it comes to insults, I don’t give them any.
I had to write this down because I’m going to delete the tweets. I don’t take back what I said. At all. Which is why I’ve posted the original here. I absolutely think Planned Parenthood is a fantastic facility for all the services it provides. I think people who excuse this shooter on moral/religious grounds are disgusting hypocrites. There’s so much crossover in the people who condemn abortion and yet, dismiss the shooting of a 12 year old boy, or roll their eyes over the starvation of a Syrian toddler, or dismiss the massacre at an elementary school.
Unfortunately, when you post something to Twitter, it’s there forever and for anyone to comment on, not to discuss like rational human beings but to use as motive to attack me. So it’s going. I’m also writing this down because you guys know how my mind works. I can rearrange my thoughts so much better when I write them down.
So, I’m taking a break from Twitter, to read, write, and wrap Christmas presents. I’m going to leave the link to donate to Planned Parenthood here. They could use some help. The women who depend on affordable health care could use your help.
Be kind to each other,