Separation 10.15.2016. I pray for consolation. I am about to unfriend people whom I ought to love but cannot. They are professionals. They are educated. They post hateful and intentionally damaging untruths they know or ought to know are untruths. They republish venomous statements with no source other than unverified uncorroborated statements by persons who are not eye or ear witnesses. They republish selections from tabloid “books” whose authors have been disavowed by actual eye witnesses, ear witnesses and the members in good standing of the professional associations that an “author” claims to have been associated with. They do not fact check before reposting or they deny the results of fact checking.
I am not going to out them. I am simply going to unfriend them. They are too far gone for me to reason with. This greatly distresses me. I cannot condone or sit silently by while they spew lies that promote bigotry. They have convinced themselves that they are better and more entitled than others to the Bill of Rights, constitutional protections, and the compact we all have to extend the benefits of human decency to each other. Ironically, they are blind to the fact they, too, are at the bottom of the food chain of bigotry they support.
They include family and I have been at war with myself too long to fail to choose separation. They must save themselves — someone more removed from them than I will have to convince them to redeem themselves. They are dangerous to decent people everywhere — including other family members and friends that I love. My conscience tells me to do more than walk away from them. For the time being, I cannot do more than separate from them. With intelligent discourse among friends, with reflection and with prayer — that may change.