Violence directed toward author of childrens’ book of pagan holidays

http://florida.pagannewswirecollective.com/2013/04/22/violent-attacks-directed-at-florida-pagan-author-continue/

WTH? When did some people decide that tolerance and respect for one another was passe? When did the freedom of speech become the freedom of violence toward our fellow human beings because they did, or said, or wrote or believed something that differed from us? Since when did it become okay to be an extreme asshole to another human being just because you don’t like what they did or said or wrote or believed while they expressed themselves within the limits of the law? Whatever happened to Grandma’s advice of, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?’

It’s okay not to agree with each other. If fact, it’s better than okay, it’s American! But violence? Really? Over a book? There are better and more legal ways to protest things. Violence is never warranted.


2 thoughts on “Violence directed toward author of childrens’ book of pagan holidays

  1. Especially ironic of course is violence against the author of a cute little book in which a rabbit learns “tolerance, respect, and acceptance” (the 2nd book). Gee, I wonder if this violence is religiously motivated…?

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    1. Exactly. Some people just can’t seem to learn to agree to disagree or at least disagree with intelligent discourse. It all goes back to the kindergarten, “I know you are but what am I?” sort of BS. And yet so many still think reviewers need to be concerned about authors specifically. IMO, we all need to be concerned about the subset of personalities who take things far, far too seriously. This type of behavior isn’t limited to authors, reviewers, readers, fans, etc. It can be anyone, anywhere, anytime. Caution should always be used when we interact on the ‘net, and ‘always be respectful to everyone’ should be everyone’s default about every subject.

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