revisiting intolerance

Posted: June 29, 2009 in soap box

A few days ago, I wrote that I was getting very tired of intolerance.

Another example.  Just this weekend, during a gathering of several families at a local Knoxville park on the river, someone’s 3 year old boy wandered off and ended up drowning in the river.  He was found by rescue divers about 2 hours after the parents noticed he was missing.

Terrible.  Tragic.  I think that’s the 3rd or 4th toddler aged child that has died in Knoxville in the past few months from drowning or other tragic means.  It breaks my heart to read about these things.

On the local newsstation website, the moderator ended up having to delete many comments from viewers that basically trashed the parents for not watching their child more closely.  Angrily blaming them for the death.

One commenter asked God in heaven to please welcome his new angel and look over his family.  A nice sentiment, right.

Another commenter, in response, writes, “Sorry, but a human can not ever become an angel. Saved perhaps, a saint once in a while, but never an angel. Angels are a totally different type of creature that were invented separately and before man.”

WHO CARES!  ARE YOU SERIOUS!  These types of things exemplify the intolerance that has just angered me recently.  A child dies, hundreds of people are in shock and terrible mourning, and many of our local residents respond by trashing the parents and taking a moment to remind us that the lost child is actually not an angel.

I’m over it.

  1. greg says:

    the commenters on and are without a doubt the biggest collection of knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, inbred rednecks you’re likely to find anywhere.

    Oh wait, was that intolerant? Well, I don’t care because there’s nothing but a bunch of total idiots on those sites… I can’t stand to read it. Within about 5 minutes of any tragic story going up on there you can be sure that somebody will have said something horribly insensitive and offensive.

  2. meriambull says:

    Preach it, Jason. I was thinking the same thing when I saw it.

  3. Erin says:

    You could just read the article and ignore the comments. If calling a dead child an angel is comforting to someone, who cares. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, even if they are idiots.

  4. Jason says:

    yeah, i could….but for some reason, I can’t.

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