Under the protection of the first amendment I have the right to express myself on this blog as I have been doing for the last seven years. Recently I have been attacked for certain viewpoints I have posted on Facebook.When I say attacked I do not mean that someone disagreed with my opinion - that is certainly acceptable. Attacked means that my character as a human being is slandered because of a viewpoint. And I can guarantee you that I have never posted on Facebook or on this blog anything evil, vicious or malicious towards anyone. I often forbid myself from posting again since I'm tired of being told I am wrong to have an informed opinion. But then I ask myself - why should I be bullied into not posting things I believe in?
I do not argue with things that other people post because I believe in their right to have an opinion. I have been accused of not being able to have a "discussion," but a discussion is not one-sided. It is not someone telling me I am wrong and they are right. A discussion requires respect. I have, in fact, have those types of discussions with people whose political viewpoints are the opposite of mine and who do not get enraged over the issue.
I have cogent reasons for what I believe. My opinions are almost exclusively based on personal experience—on my life—not something someone told me or some pundit on TV telling me how to think. I read extensively, and while I am sure I am not always correct—opinions are just that—opinions, not facts.
I probably have always had a stronger than average need for self-expression. I have accomplished that through art, music and writing. In each of those cases I have been told I have touched people at times. But you can take it or leave it. I am no one special, but I am also not a immoral human being because I do not agree with you. I am a progressive Christian and I not find any dichotomy in that. This is what I identify with and to me this is an ideal that I continually work towards. And I am not ashamed of it.