Saturday, September 1, 2012
Someone on the Internet.....................
I don't normally write about cyberspace crazies who try to upset my world with their rantings. I learned long ago not to play house with those people because they would inevitably disturb my spirit.
So I was somewhat taken aback a couple of weeks ago when I was attacked on my own Face Book page for having posted some of my thoughts and feelings on the Republican nominee in the race for the US Presidency. I poked fun at Romney's gaffes whilst he was in London and Israel but have not written or commented at all on his stance on abortion. I did however share an abc news article on Todd Akin's remarks about the ability of a woman's body to shut itself down in order to prevent pregnancy in the event that she is being raped. I could not let that one go without saying :
"Whether you are Pro Life or not, rape is rape and this man needs to keep his mouth shut. A woman's body can shut itself off from becoming pregnant after a rape?!! He makes George W Bush look positively intelligent. Misspoke? Idiot!"
Neither could I stop myself from asking if it was known that in 31 US States if a woman identifies her rapist, the rapist automatically has parental rights. If the woman wishes to abort he is entitled to have a say in that and if she does have the child and decides to go for adoption he also has a say in that.
Well who told me to say that?!!
I was told amongst other things that I didn't know what I was talking about, that I should stay out of American politics and called a weirdo by someone who said she couldn't understand for the life of her why I, as a foreigner, would take such an interest in her country's politics adding that she would never be interested in the politics of my country. There were a lot of insults and name calling from her so of course, I deleted and blocked her.
Why am I miffed? Because one of the people who attacked me is a face to face friend. I could not believe what he wrote on my page to which I replied that if he did not like my views then he should stay away, not read what I have to say and not insult my friends because they happen to have different views to his. He was an ardent Obama supporter and campaigner in the last election and has since gone over to the other side. I was far more disturbed though by the female who attacked me. She has been a 'friend' since 360 days and it was during that time that I provided the shoulder when two of her on line love affairs went bad. I did not agree with what she was doing but at no time did I ever pass a comment or make a judgement because really, her personal life was none of my business. I did however put up with her endless e mails, private messages, tears, rantings and ravings for quite some time. So the type of insults from this woman who professes to be a Christian came as quite a shock. I always knew that she could be somewhat difficult but never dreamed for one minute she would say what she did.
I am a political animal and I believe more people should have an interest in what goes on in the world instead of being confined to their own space. I follow what happens politically in countries other than my own very closely. I said years and years ago that Afghanistan and Pakistan would be major problem countries for the rest of the world and I make no apology for my interest in US politics because what happens in that country ultimately affects the rest of the world. I also believe that people can disagree without becoming disagreeable but when personal insults fly then it becomes a horse of a different colour.