So, an acquaintance that you run into every week posts THIS; "Muslims HATE pork, beer, bikinis, JESUS, dogs... So, why are they coming into this country?!" You, 1. Ignore, keep scrolling, 2. Comment that, actually, the ones disseminating the post are the haters, 3. Ponder the use of the word hate in order to beget hatred, and the susceptibility of brainwashed idiots to this type of propaganda., or 4. Choose to not create waves, thereby rendering yourself culpable by silently condoning it?
It would depend on how I am feeling and who the person is, but I have become more inclined to think that silence implies agreement. I have had many lengthy conversations with people who are expressing homophobic comments, in order to make it clear that I am an LGBT ally. I have had fellow workers, old friends, acquaintances and even (adoptive)relatives I have known my entire life express racist comments about Muslims. I tell them that I would not exist, if it were not for an earlier migration of Muslims from Lebanon...as one of them was my great-grandfather. I don’t like conflict, so I always aim to be diplomatic and reasonable, while letting them know I am in no way agreeing with them.
I don't think you gain inherited culpability simply by not addressing every statement you run across that you don't agree with. So whether or not you respond, is up to you. You're under no obligation. If it were me though I would point out that Christians hate freedom of speech, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, and the recently legalized gay marriage but they're still here.
I tend to unfollow the religious nutters on my fbook feed otherwise I suspect I'd have fewer fbook friends and be in never ending debates/arguments with fragile christians. I say fragile because curse words, unlike bigotry against other humans, gravely offends them. Yet homophobia and other types of bigotry is A-okay. heh
This meme kinda sums up my issue with the mentality of a lot of Muslims who immigrate to the U.S. It is far more common an attitude than those who are seeking freedom from religious persecution.
I have nothing against people wanting to come live here, but I do have an issue with them expecting us to change our laws and traditions to better suit their religious beliefs - especially when they violate the natural rights and freedoms that our constitution protects.
I know myself well enough to know that I would feel compelled to jump in an point out the errors and bigotry of the poster, which would undoubtedly turn into some kind of idiotic debate that I would soon tire of. Arguing with cretins is always a futile endeavor, but I do it anyway, because I am an idiot, and I want the assholes to know that at least one person finds their comments to be just so much excrement, as if they cared about my opinion.
Ignorance breeds bigotry, tough to deal with ignorant people especially when confronted with the truth, what s/he writes is absolutely inaccurate, especially the part of hating jesus, in fact all muslims consider jesus as a prophet, the quran name for jesus is ISA, son of Mary or Maryam the Virgin and all muslims are obligated to say "peace be upon him" when mentioning Jesus (ISA), and in fact Maryam has a whole chapter in the Quran and is even mentioned more times in the Quran than in the new testament. So this idea that they hate Jesus is just ignorant..
How about this as a reply:
Interesting. This list could also be applied to Hassidic Jews, minus the beer, but plus cheeseburgers. Or some Hindus, minus the pork, plus beef. Or Hare Krishnas, but go totally vegetarian. Or the Amish, minus the Jesus, dogs, beer and pork, but add in all modern technology. Or Athiests, just do everything but the Jesus bit?
Isn't living in a religiously diverse country wonderful?
Why are you so scared of it?
Let's see: The Amish don't drink beer, wear bikinis, often mistreat their animals. They do love Jesus, but dress funny and refuse to serve in the military, don't fly flags on their property. Guess we should get rid of all them too. I would also point out that the Puritans were torturing women they thought were witches and killing them, why did we let them stay. All kinds of ways to respond that are simply pointing out the obvious and won't faze anyone who feels like your aquaintance anyway. But it's good to bring things up, unless it's someone you are close too and would rather sneak up on the suject over a longer time period.
Arguing with bigotry using facts and logic is a losing proposition. I have unfriended people with a similar points of view, on social media and in person. At one point of my life, I'd just ignore and pretend nothing was said, but I find I can't do that anymore.
Islam is an evangelical cult dominated by a very very anti feminist, pedophilic, murderous, genocidal males!
Too which domination and absolute control of all living things is their only mission on this planet!
A-pure insidious plague upon mankind and this planet!
I don't eat pork ( no gall bladder ). I don't like beer ( beer is for people who like to pee ). I don't wear a bikini ( my bikini days ended in my 30's ). I have never met Jesus ( I'm sure he was a fine fellow, though his father is a dick ). I do love dogs, but according to this, I should be deported for not being American enough. Who knew?