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I don't remember when I first learned about name-calling. I'm sure, however, I was very, very young. I wasn't even in school yet when my mother taught me how wrong it was to make fun of other people and that I was not to call them names.
It was in church where I learned that "you should love your neighbor as yourself" and "treat other people as you want to be treated." Those are still my values today.
As you might imagine, I am disturbed to read about events like this incident on Facebook. We don't have to consider legal issues to explore what happened on Facebook with the original W.A.S.P. group. We only need to look at our own values. We only need to look at the kind of a people we are.
The original W.A.S.P. group was allegedly formed to support heterosexuals. Some of the people probably actually joined for that reason. There is nothing wrong with a group getting together to support itself - homosexual groups, heterosexual groups, hobby groups, tall people groups, etc.
Let's face it. It does not take a high school diploma to know that you don't support your own group by attacking another group. This is not rocket science. Bashing gay people has nothing at all to do with supporting homosexuals. That's not support, that's hate.
When the group you support changes its values and you do not believe in those values, you should, as one young adult said, leave and start your own group. If you don't have the courage to "live your values", have you really adopted those values?
We, as adults - as parents and other members of the children's "village", have a responsibility to our children to teach them the difference between right and wrong. I don't know where you come from, but where I come from "hating" is wrong.
I am urging all adults (and by "adults" I mean people of maturity, not just people "of a certain age") to take responsibility for teaching the youth (the next generation of adults) the difference between right and wrong. Our future depends upon it.
As one of my spiritual leaders once said, "When you do it to the least of these, you do it to me." Let us join to create a world where you do not have to put someone else down to feel good about yourself.
Peace to all, John
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