I choose not to discuss politics on my blog. But I can’t let this go.
I was stunned by what happened after Mass yesterday.
My husband and I took our glazed donuts and coffee and sat near the fountain in the church courtyard. My mom saw us and came over.
A few minutes later one of my mom’s friends walked by and stopped to talk. The conversation took an immediate turn I didn’t expect.
Mom’s friend, looking right at Mom: “Before we start talking, I have to know. Did you vote for Trump?”
Mom’s friend: “Good. Because I don’t want to associate with any hate mongers.”
WHAT? Did she really just say that?
My jaw dropped. I looked at my husband and took a deep breath. That woman had no idea who we voted for. And actually, it didn’t even matter. If I voted Democrat or Republican, it wouldn’t change my reaction to what she said.
I know how deeply our country is divided. But up until that moment, I hadn’t experienced the anger and bitterness firsthand.
I was so shocked by her spiteful words, I couldn’t concentrate. No matter what she said after that, I had no interest in getting to know her. She didn’t seem kind. She basically stated she didn’t want to speak with others, unless they’re of the same political affiliation as her.
And she just attended Mass.
Maybe she didn’t listen to the priest, as he called for peace and unity. She must not have heard him tell the congregation we need to practice tolerance and respect. And appreciate the diverse fabric of our nation, which is what makes life rich and beautiful. Did she miss his prayers for our nation to heal?
My husband and I didn’t say anything to Mom’s friend. We didn’t want to embarrass my mom or incite a confrontation. It wasn’t the time or place for that.
We all don’t have to agree. One of our most important rights as American citizens is freedom to voice our opinions. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect the views of others. What I’m certain of, is that hate is never appropriate.
I hope my mom’s friend will one day recognize that her thoughts and actions do not promote kindness, acceptance, or humility.
I pray that in time, the United States will not be as divided as it is today.
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