I rarely unfriend people. I'm not in any position to toss away friendships, you know? Some people have hundreds or thousands of Facebook friends and no compunctions about shuffling the mix if time or circumstances call for it. Me, I treat every one like a precious validation of my weak, insecure soul.
|Nothing a few decades of therapy couldn't straighten out,|
Specifically, I have immense tolerance for people whose political views differ from mine. Facebook would be totally boring if the only posts I saw were from those whose opinions and viewpoints mirrored my own. I have friends who are far more liberal than I am, as well as friends who are far more conservative . I'm OK with that, as long as we approach our differences with mutual respect (or if we ignore them altogether, which actually is preferable).
When I unfriend people, it's generally because a) they become abusive or b) they tell lies. Those are deal-breakers, mmkay?
Let me tell you about the person I unfriended today.
She is a former co-worker (actually, I was her boss). She's a lovely woman from a lovely, large, devoutly Catholic family. She is - really - a former nun.
What could possibly make me unfriend such a person?
Well. You've heard, I'm sure, about the attack on a mosque in Quebec. Six people were killed, eight were injured, while praying. You may have heard that two suspects were arrested. One was later described as merely a witness and released. The other was 27-year-old Quebec citizen Alexandre Bissonnette, who has been charged with 11 counts of murder and attempted murder.
|Looks like the love child of Daniel Radcliffe and Tobey Maguire,|
only filled with hate and armed.
These are the facts we know right now. Except that my former friend - and her family members and friends - have a different point of view. Which they expressed in no uncertain terms on Facebook.
I wish I had taken screenshots before I unfriended her, but I didn't, so I'm going to be paraphrasing here. But it's close, honestly.
- They believe there were two shooters, both Syrian refugees who had been in Canada for less than a week.
- They believe the shooters screamed "Allahu akbar" as they fired. Well, actually, they believe it was something like "ali ackbur" (again, no screenshots, unfortunately). But you get the gist from this ignorant rendering of what is believed to be a threatening phrase.
- They believe the "mainstream media" are outright lying about what happened.
To recap: these "devout" Catholics on my timeline were convinced that the murder of six innocent people by a radicalized asshole is somehow a conspiracy, a lie, and an opportunity for the Church to step in and "correct" society's ills.
And they said I was buying into the leftist media's lies (again paraphrasing actual rhetoric) because I dared make a comment questioning the truth of their "facts."
So yeah, f*ck that shit, you're unfriended.
Hypocrisy bugs me. As does extremism. As does devotion to mindless rhetoric in lieu of thinking for oneself.
Disagreements are welcome, here, on FB, anywhere.
Just don't be a Kool-Aid-swallowing, keyword-spouting bitch about it.
And we'll get along just fine.
But I'll cut off a Canadian Catholic nun if need be, don't forget.