In recent news there has been many articles written about supporting homosexuals. With the recent suicides reported of young people that were being bullied, it has been a hot button. Due to the tragic nature of the events most people were quick to respond with kindness and show support of the LGBT community. Then there was the report of a school board member from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. Clint McCance used his facebook account to spout his opinion on the matter. He was of the opinion that he does not feel the need to support homosexuals in any way. He was adamant enough to state that he would disown his own children if they were to be gay. He has since resigned from his position due to the backlash.
Another rather interesting article seeded by Loretta Kemsley was about a writer for the women's magazine Marie Claire. Maura Kelly, a writer who has suffered with an eating disorder, went on to say that she is grossed out by obese people. She also went on to talk about a new television series Mike & Molly where the two main characters meet and fall in love at an over eaters meeting. There was outrage over her article because it hurt people's feelings. It was viewed as being shallow and heartless. The writer had to respond with a forced apology and an excuse for her opinion.
These two articles really stuck with me all weekend. Why do heterosexuals have to support homosexuals? In that same vein; why do we want anorexics to support the obese? I am using these two articles for examples, but you could supplement any stance: pro-life vs. pro-choice, republicans vs. democrats or even vegetarians vs. meat eaters. Why do we expect homogenized ideas from the masses? When someone is of a different opinion, why as a community are we forcing apologies because some of us may not like what is said.
Those type of recanted statements are not worth the time it took to hear or read them. Their opinion did not change. They heard the outcry of people not approving of their stance. No one wants to suffer the injustice of being the odd man out, so they lie and say they are sorry. They publicly reprimand themselves looking for approval, even if they only spite themselves. That seems to smooth out the rough edges.
Let's say that we are grossed out by fat people or homosexuality because it is an unhealthy lifestyle. Being unhealthy is not the reason anyone is disgusted. No one cares what it is unhealthy for someone else. The only thing that people care about is that they have to face it and see it and they simply don't want to. Just like a person doesn't have to eat something they don't like, these people have the right to edit what they see. We force people to swallow what they don't like. Don't they have a right to spit out whatever they don't want?