I called out religious zealousness in this country for years, and I found myself ostracized by many peers from the Christian bed-town I grew up in, as well as collaterally offending friends, in my early 20s.
I take the lessons I learn from those years to not ostracize religious things, especially not with blanket statements, unless it is an exact context clearly showing unwise or glaringly disgusting motives by a select person or persons.
But the problem now is, 10 years the wiser, those same people that categorically dismissed my conversations during the early years FREAK OUT about how I'm not categorically willing to bash Islam along side them.
Without being immediately perceived as condescending, it's impossible to inform them that it's for the same reason I have to shrug and accept their right-winged conservative religiousness that I have to shrug and accept Islamic right-winged conservative religiousness...
A goal of having integrity means I actively try to avoid double-standards and hypocrisy. It could also be called being thoughtful or self-aware. Worthy goals to keep in mind more than ever in this #DarkTimeline.
is a thirty-something guy who hasn't been able to look away from politics since 2008. Around the time he got tired of staring at religion.