Remembering things is hard.
From this point forward, I’m going to be living with an asterisk over my head to remind me and everyone else that you’re going to have to remind me again.
I have opinions on things, and it’s my lack of forethought that gets me into situations where I have to back-peddle on how I’ve voiced those opinions.
I hear you thinking, “We want details, Pangie. No more of this ‘speaking in generalities’ shit. What the crap are you talking about, specifically?”
To make a potentially longer story shorter, this is not an essay only about Tebow or football or politics or religion. I’m using this particular example as a way to explain what I’m talking about.
I read an article by Rick Reilly about how Tim Tebow is a happy-go-lucky, Bible-thumping philanthropist, and because of this, he’s a good guy. I agree. Tebow is a good guy for all the philanthropisting he does for people in need.
Tebow is an out and proud supporter of Focus on the Family. THOSE people who campaign against the rights of all people. THAT group of extremists that paid a crap-ton of money for advertising time during the 2011 Super Bowl to spread their anti-choice message in which Tim Tebow and his mom starred.
When I was professing my newly-grown Teboner on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, I forgot about the gays and my convictions.
My friend, Heather, thankfully brought me back down from my stupidity and reminded me that Tebow isn’t my new favorite person. He’s far from it.
That’s when I asked myself, “Self, can you respect someone with diametrically different beliefs as your own when those beliefs are ones for which you feel so strongly? Can someone be both respected for the good that they do, yet be criticized for the hurtful message they spread?”
My inability to readily recall all the facts about a person has finally come around to bite me in my ass. I actually forgot that Tebow was anti-gay.
I need an asterisk.
I need a reminder to be reminded of the details before I comment on things.
I need you people to remind me when I say something stupid that is the opposite of what I’ve said before or what I believe in.
I know, it’s dumb. But it’s true.
Thank you, Heather, for the reminder that Gay is OK and just because someone does something very good for someone else, it does not mean I should support them.
Feel free to remind me when I need a reminder again. I’m sure it will happen more than once more.
Please refer to my asterisk.