There are haters in America peering out from under the sheets of religion, conservatism and family, and creating violence among us. They crucify spirituality, freedoms, civil liberties, and human dignity, and our politicians are not containing them, but bowing down before their altars of discrimination and rage.
They are the underbelly of America that appalls other nations and they want more than anything to govern the rest of us by their hate, revenge, racism, homophobia, suppression of women, and mob action.
Who are they to be so arrogant as to bully the rest of us!?!
These inciters do not represent us, our sons and daughters, our families. Our patriotism goes back to “United States,” “one nation,” and “justice for all.” We remember the Civil War and learned what history taught us: we are a diverse people living together, not separate. We differ with intelligence, not misspelled signs or insulting placards; we listen with respect, not place the crosshairs of rifle sights on the names of those who disagree with us. We vote our preference, we do not vow to “reload” and attack.
If the powers that be won’t take a public stand against the sarcastic nastiness, the obvious lies, the unabashed prejudices more reminiscent of white cloaks and hoods or SS insignia…
If their political party won’t…
If the media won’t label them fanatics and dangerous…
…then we women must.
We women must speak out against the polarization and for unity; against hatred and for allowing of differences; against racism, homophobia and suppression of women and for diversity, economic equality and freedom over our bodies.
We women must do so and can simply and without fanfare, as our part of the conversation. We must express our desire for unity, our respect for the dignity of all humans and our willingness to allow in our art, our attitudes and our teachings.
For if we women do not set the course of human events upon the path of intelligence, grace and compassion, it will not get done.
— © St. John 2010