You are narrow minded and intolerant if you disagree with me

Ah, social media.

Today I lost a Facebook friend. By that, I mean she “unfriended” me. A real nice person too, and I feel bad about it. But these weird things happen on social networks.

In this particular case what happened (from my perspective) was that she claims to be very tolerant of diversity and opinions, yet basically accused me of being intolerant because I spoke up about what I see as the intolerance found in mainstream Islam. In other words, I disagreed with her.

It was an irony within an irony within an irony.

Earlier this year another incident happened with a “friend of a friend.” That woman is also is an interesting person, but she posted a rather strange article which claimed “all men are part of the rape culture.” I disagreed. I don’t happen to think I’m part of the rape culture. Because I disagreed she said I was narrow-minded. I pointed out that, logically speaking, if I’m narrow-minded for disagreeing then the same could be said about her because she disagreed with me. As you might imagine, it went downhill from there.

I’m glad to say we did not unfriend each other.

However, I have unfriended a few people in the past. One was a real friend from college who kept on going on these homophobic rants, which was irritating, and also irritated all my other friends. Another was a Norwegian friend-of-a-friend who kept on espousing how great Hamas was and basically sounded like he was in favor of violent terrorism. I never really knew him personally, so it was no loss.

Helpful hint: Never get into middle east debates on social networks.

A few other people have unfriended me as well. One really nice actual friend from undergrad school unfriended me after I posted some messages disputing some of his pro-Tea Party posts. As a Tea-Party person I guess he was not really interested in discussing things. It was a shame though. I had always liked him a lot.

Another friend from college unfriended me after he posted a lament about incandescent light bulbs being made illegal, and I pointed out that that wasn’t quite true, they just had to be more energy efficient and Phillips is still selling them in the U.S.

It’s silly stuff to lose friends over.

You have to be careful of what you talk about with different people. I know people from different periods in my life, and different parts of my life. And they don’t always mix well.

Sharing can also just sometimes be too much. Like I’m doing now!

That’s all. I was just feeling wistful about losing a nice Facebook friend over a going-in-circles dispute about who is intolerant over what. Tolerance should have ruled the day, but it didn’t. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.



Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, robbery footage and the total loss of credibility for Dorian Johnson’s witness report

I’m back to square one on the whole Michael Brown shooting incident.

I feel now that I jumped to a conclusion about what really happened to Michael Brown based on what seemed like the credible witness report of his friend Dorian Johnson. I believed him.

But after seeing the convenience store robbery footage, where Johnson participated with Brown in the robbery, and after seeing Brown being so casually violent and brutish, taking advantage of his size to shove the clerk trying to stop him from stealing, I no longer believe Johnson’s statement.


What I’m saying here is that Johnson should be in jail.

And with regards to the shooting I can’t believe Johnson’s statement anymore about the chronology of events. He’s lost all credibility.

I feel I jumped to a conclusion about what happened before realizing what Brown’s character was really like and I’m not going to make any more assumptions about the shooting until more facts are in. Brown was not a good person though. That much is clear from the convenience store footage.

And what does it have to do with the shooting? Just that we know more about the nature of Johnson and Brown, that Johnson is not a reliable witness and we need to calmly wait now for a fair and complete investigation. Maybe by the Justice Department. 


Very positive development in Missouri

You should read the entire story here, and see the photos. It’s very encouraging.


Snippets from the article:


The marches in Ferguson, Missouri, are carrying on with considerably less police resistance on Thursday than on Wednesday.

Ryan Reilly at the Huffington Post noted the stark differences.

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who’s been placed in charge of security at Ferguson, even hugged and walked alongside protesters.

One protester took a selfie with St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Protesters and reporters on the ground are praising the clear change in tone, brought on just a few hours after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Highway Patrol would be taking over security in Ferguson.