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I Hate People Who...

"I hate people who are against gay marriage."

These were the words I read not long ago from an online writer I have followed for quite some time. It actually shocked me that she would have written or uttered these words.

Did the writer of these words ever stop to consider the impact these words have on herself or the world around her? She might even respond that she does not care about what those people who are against gay marriage think of her.

But I would pose this question: Is this statement ANY different than that of the person who would claim, "I hate gay people"?

I dislike canned peas. They make me gag, not only to eat them but simply by opening the can and having to smell them.

When I was in England several years ago, I was introduced to "mushy peas." Just reading the words "mushy peas" conjures up the worst possible outcome in my memory. When I tried them to be polite, my gag-reflex was immediately triggered, violently so.

I might go as far to say, "I hate mushy peas." I will NEVER eat them again.

I wonder what some might think if I were to say:

"I hate people who eat mushy peas."
"I hate people who like eating mushy peas."
"I hate people who are against eating mushy peas."
"I hate people who are against people who like eating mushy peas."

And I digress.

For me to so vehemently look at another human being--gay or straight, British or American, man or woman, fair- or dark-skinned, old or young, erudite or ignorant--and hate them because they have a different view of whether or not mushy peas should even be allowed on the grocer's shelves is one of the most ludicrous things I could ever imagine that I could do.

Saying so, would be no less preposterous than someone who hates another human being for anything they choose to do.

I love the people who like eating mushy peas. They eat my share of the world's rations of this disgusting (what some would call) food, so I do not have to do so. (And, I have to ask...who in the hell would think that this concoction in the picture I found on Pixabay would ever be palatable?)

I ask you simply: Please, do not eat them in front of me. My gag reflex is already compromised by writing this piece.

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Note: This content has been adapted from an original piece by the author, which has since been removed from Bubblews

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MelissaE wrote on June 29, 2015, 7:02 AM

Mushy peas are bland. I do not advocate denying basic human rights to anyone.

Bensen32 wrote on June 29, 2015, 7:24 AM

That is pretty harsh to hate someone just cause their view is not the same as yours on one issue. Seems a bit over kill to me.

DWDavisRSL wrote on June 29, 2015, 10:57 AM

We have become a people of egoistical extremists. It is sad. The concept of agree to disagree has gone from being a civil method of ending an argument to a joke used in movies and TV shows. Now, people must either agree with us or they must be excoriated for believing differently.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 29, 2015, 11:01 AM

I agree it is just another form of not being fair to all people. Also I like peas but those do not look good

PriscillaKing wrote on June 29, 2015, 11:49 AM

Considering that 49.9% of all people who stay married become widows, I have to wonder what's wrong with those who can't see that the human rights issue here is protecting the rights of the unmarried. Advocates of same-sex marriage have just made the problem worse...for themselves, as well as everyone else.

Sailorchronos wrote on June 29, 2015, 12:57 PM

The comedian Tom Lehrer once joked, "Of course you all know that as humans we ought to love one another. But there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings, and I hate people like that!" Hate is a very strong word, and I was raised to use it sparingly because it's one of the most hurtful words there are. Too many people use the word to justify their dislike, fear, bigotry, prejudice, whatever you want to call it - of people who are different from them.

AliCanary wrote on June 29, 2015, 1:26 PM

I like peas, but that looks disgusting. I hate people who hate people. Wait...

rescuegal wrote on June 29, 2015, 9:32 PM

I hate canned peas, too. Mushy peas sounds even worse. I don't know of anyone that I would waste my energy on hating.

jiangliu1949 wrote on June 30, 2015, 5:30 AM

There is no accounting for taste.Let people do what they like as long as they are within the law and don't infringe others' rights .Nothing can excuse the words from that online writer .

paigea wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:16 PM

Oh my, I do like mushy peas especially when cooked in a cloth in a jig's dinner. mmmmm. Sorry if you hat me. :)

EmilysPen wrote on July 24, 2015, 3:27 PM

I see your point, though people who hate people for being against gay marriage don't vote to take their right to be against gay marriage away. As far as I know. But yes, I think such hate is misplaced.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:16 PM

DWDavisRSL Oh, isn't THAT the truth! The other day, I said, "I have to disagree with your argument," and the other jumps in and says, "I AM NOT arguing!" I tried to explain what I meant by the word, and he was already upset that I thought he was trying to argue. *shakes head*

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:17 PM

I couldn't agree more.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:19 PM

So many people are small minded, so much of the time.

And if you saw mushy peas, you would think them to be over killed, too.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:23 PM

Agreed. As far as the peas, I like fresh peas. I do not like the canned kind, especially the ones with the label of "mushy peas" you find in the UK.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:27 PM

PriscillaKing I am not sure I am following your line of thinking. I was fine until I read "have just made the problem worse..." Could you please elaborate? Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:31 PM

Sailorchronos Great line from Lehrer! Most of us have such limited vocabularies, and we do not care to enhance it. I find this daily in my work, helping people with their resumes. Do you realize how many people have managed, led, supervised, fixed and did (stuff)?? Drives me a bit bonkers, when I ask "But what did you do in the process of management, supervision, repair and taking action? They look at me as if I'm alien. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:32 PM

A girl after my own heart, AliCanary ! emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:33 PM

EXACTLY! frozen, not canned! Though I still like canned french-cut green beans in green bean casserole. Frozen is better though!

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:33 PM

rescuegal Because they have nothing better to do?

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:34 PM

jiangliu1949 I could not agree more with you!

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:35 PM

paigea Okay, I have to ask: What is a "jig's dinner"?

CoralLevang wrote on July 24, 2015, 5:37 PM

EmilysPen Ah...exercising the right to vote...what a novel concept! emoticon :winking: Perhaps some people would hate me because I do exercise my right to vote, if they knew for whom I vote! emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on July 25, 2015, 12:18 AM

Ah, Tom Lehrer. Another observation of his was that everyone seemed to be bemoaning the fact that they could not communicate with one another, and he said, "I feel that if people cannot communicate, the very least they could do is to shut up!"

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 25, 2015, 8:51 AM

I went to great pains to explain the proper meaning of 'argument' to my Language Arts class last year when they were doing persuasive argument writing because they, too, equated 'argument' with disagreeable verbal fighting.

CoralLevang wrote on July 25, 2015, 10:55 AM

I also suggest that each one of them who are going to college take a Philosophy class--LOGIC--which often counts as a Math/Science credit. It is probably one of the best classes I took to help me in critical thinking skills.

Bensen32 wrote on July 25, 2015, 7:08 PM

Yes, they are and I do not like Mushy peas either, not sure I hate people who like them though, I might think they are crazy to like them though :)