Social media has proven to serve as a platform of opinion. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and they have the given right to share their thoughts.
But at what cost? Someone else’s feelings, thoughts and beliefs?
Today several of my Facebook friends changed their profile picture to a pink equal sign with a red background as part of the Human Rights campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The campaign has been trying to gather online supporters as the Supreme Court begins hearings on gay marriage in Washington DC today.
Many Facebook profile photos were changed and statuses were written pro- or anti- gay marriage.
I once had a professor say, the best topics, papers and subject matter can be discussed without stating ones opinion. Therefore I’m not going to state my opinion. I’m not wanting my opinion to be the focus.
I’ll share what others are saying.
“I do not agree with hating on those who are homosexual but also don’t agree with legalizing their unity. We all should be allowed certain freedoms, but I feel this isn’t one of them. Being homosexual shouldn’t define a person, so why do we need to legalize it for them to feel whole?”
“What if you have a gay/lesbian child and they wanted to get married but couldn’t. I bet you’d fight tooth and nail for their right to be happy with the one they love. So why deny other people that right?”
“What are you opposed to, their treatment by government and law, or the fact it would be declared a marriage in the Christian sense of the word?”
Even Chick-fil-A and Starbucks presidents, CEOS weighed in.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer, Dan Cathy said Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family-the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Starbucks chief executive, Howard Schultz, received a complaint from stockholder, Tom Strobhar saying earnings were disappointing after the company announced its support for gay marriage. Schultz responded by saying, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
Everyone has an opinion and the mouth to say it and the fingers to type it. Whatever your opinion is I think there needs to be respect toward others, especially when sharing thoughts is as easy as updating a status. Just like bullying in schools isn’t condoned, bullying of emotions, opinions and ideas shouldn’t be condoned. You don’t have to agree or disagree, that’s not the point. There are too many people in the world to agree with. Respect yourself and respect others. Tolerate.
and I couldn’t have said it better than this:
“Facebook is a really good vehicle for exacerbating another’s anger. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, display poise and common sense enough not to make yourself look like a boob; that goes for anything in life.”