Lately I have witnessed this happening a lot, both in my personal life and in the news. For an example in my own life, a class that I am taking has been down the trail of morality and ethics lately. We were discussing some meaty topics when people took one side of an issue, and then aggresively blasted the other side saying "They think they are right and they dont care what we think, and they are brainwashed, blah blah blah, how could they think they are the only right way, thats just not right." All while continuing to bash the opposing side without even taking thought or concern into their opinion. All while claiming that they were the only right way of looking at it. Wait a second, I thought that it wasn't right for the other side to think they were right, but its ok for you to think that?
Maybe you have heard of the scandalous Superbowl commercial featuring Tim Tebow, a cool college quarterback who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy. The commercial is all about celebrating family and celebrating life. His mom refused the medical advice given to her to abort her fifth child because of health complications after a trip to the Philippines. Well, then Tim was born. I have not seen the ad, but cant imagine it shows anything inappropriate or hateful (its by Focus on the Family for goodness sake). Yet, over 30 women's advocacy groups are up in arms about it because apparently it is offensive, demeaning, and is trying to use the Superbowl to bring division. (gashdangit, life and family are just so offensive.)
The average person can see the complete ridiculousness of this issue. I love what BoundlessLine has to say:
We all know how much sports brings our friends together. It's something we see all the time among Packers and Vikings fans, Cowboys and Redskins fans or Broncos and Raiders fans (Red Sox vs Yankees anyone?). You almost feel uncomfortable around them with all that love and uniting they show over games. (sense the sarcasm?)And thats what I'm getting at here. Its not about what "side" you are on. Tom Nevin closes it up precisely: "They had never attempted to communicate their own message; they just wanted to gag the one they didn't like. That's what happening with the Super Bowl ad. Rather than produce and pay for their own commercial, they just try to shut down one they don't like."
A USA Today article about the Focus ad is titled "Super Bowl ad no place to play with life choices: Women's Media Center." That's right. We all know Super Bowl ads aren't supposed to be about life choices. They're supposed to be about frogs who like beer, sugared-up carbonated beverages, and women who promote domain name registrations in beach wear.
Please people, when screaming for tolerance, at least have a little bit of your own. At least be respectful of what I have to say, and if you don't like what I have to say, instead of wasting all your time bashing it, come up with some intelligent campaigns or conversations that could reinforce and educate about your own stance. (the "other side" isnt afraid, so bring it on. the truth will win.)
(Check out this article as well. I love it.)