Online Strangers Say the Darndest Things…

I don’t often get hateful comments or emails but from time to time I do, and as is my policy, I copy those comments into a post to laugh at them.

I got these comments last night and usually I don’t engage with this level of crazy, but sometimes I do. This is what mental illness looks like and I can’t bring myself to be upset with someone suffering from mental illness.

Crazy Person: Commit suicide. Go and run bath, and drown yourself.

Me: Thanks for the unsolicited advice, but I happily choose to ignore you and your venom. Have a nice day.

Crazy Person: Do you? You could have just marked the comment as spam, but the weakness of your dying soul has given in, because you are in pain. I can feel it. Turn to Jesus Christ. Today. DO IT. If you don’t, commit suicide. Find the nearest bread knife and stick it in your heart.

Me: Your Jesus would be ashamed of you. But I forgive you. Have a nice day.

Crazy Person: No he wouldn’t. Have a nice death.

Crazy Person: There’s a spelling error in your title. It should say ‘Coming out as a gay moron’.

This person linked to a YouTube video about how Christians have the right to bully gay students and how there was a law being considered that would allow just that. Sigh….

It’s one thing (i.e. cowardly) to bully strangers with anonymous, vitriolic comments online, it’s another to use policy to do the same.

The issue boils down to an either/or conclusion: You are either for equality for all people, or you are not. There is no middle ground, there can be no double talk. One can not claim to love LGBT friends/family/neighbors and then work to impose policies that deny those people legal rights and protections. Thank you Mr. Crazy Person for making this point crystal clear.

Love doesn’t cause harm or division. Love is peaceful and unifying.

I don’t recall reading the story where Jesus tells someone to stick a bread knife in their own heart, but I do remember reading “As I have loved you, love one another.”

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  • sandi
    April 4, 2012

    Oh, Seth. That kind of crazy scares the shit out of me! Seriously, what the hell?! That sort of crazy needs to be LOCKED UP. FAST! NOW! Oh, that these people are free to interact with the world just makes no sense. I’d like to speak to that coward in person.

  • Kendahl
    April 4, 2012

    Wow, you gotta love the blindness that comes with believing in Christ and bullying/encouraging suicide simultaneously. I’m glad you can rise above it and laugh. It’s so ridiculous!

    At the same time I worry for those who know this person and might be harmed. I will send them some good energy and hope it’s enough.

    • J. Seth (I go by Seth) Anderson
      April 4, 2012

      That is the scary part and I worry too.

  • Abby
    April 4, 2012

    cyber-threats are actually a federal offense and can land the person in prison because it’s considered a hate crime. my brother got some ignorant asshole put in jail for 6 months for basically threatening to ‘drown his f**got a**’ on facebook. i guess this tool didn’t actually threaten you though. some people just thrive on this kind of stuff, and hopefully natural selection will obliterate their incestuous gene line in due time :)

  • Catherine
    April 4, 2012

    I started writing a comment, that turned into a blog post. :)

    • J. Seth (I go by Seth) Anderson
      April 4, 2012

      You rock! :) Great post as well.

  • Alex
    April 4, 2012

    I like how he thinks he knows why you replied. Pretending to know someone’s personal motives based on a blog post and a comment is almost as stupid as telling a stranger to commit suicide.

    Some (stupid) people get off on being destructive. I don’t understand it.

  • Wayne
    September 7, 2012

    There are some really troubled souls in the world! Why you someone say that they are a Christian and then spew such hateful/demented speech? I would not say I am a religious person but have read some of the bible.
    Matthew 22:36-40
    “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF! I know it’s simple thinking but just think if people really did this? Our world would be a pretty nice place to live!

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