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FromEditorsDesk Tony CroppedBy Tony Farkas
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I’m sure it will come as a surprise to no one that I got into an argument on social media the other day.

The subject in question was President Biden and his Trans Day of Visibility or whatever that was, which was connected to a Facebook post from a U.S. senator who was praising the idea.

One person was being excoriated for mentioning the heinous optics of celebrating the visibility of a subset of society only days after a trans person had gunned down several people in a Christian school in Tennessee.

Something that happened during the Lenten season, I might add.

I first asked the senator in question, who is pretty much just a Democrat shill, to perhaps hold a day of visibility for Christians, particularly in light of the events in Tennessee; I pretty much knew he wouldn’t respond, given that Democrats worship the (non-existent) separation of church and state. I did, though, get a response from someone who said the Christians needed a day before that would happen.

Someone else chimed in that Christians have Christmas and Easter, etc., so why shouldn’t trans people be recognized?

I pointed out their ghoulish position, asking what about this since there have been so many “straight, white males” committing mass killings. The responses also took the tack that trans people, being the “most prevalent demographic” on Earth, are being persecuted, as if that is a justification for reprehensible, murderous behavior.

All of the shootings are horrible, regardless of who commits those crimes. There shouldn’t be any comparison.

Calling trans people the most prevalent — widespread in a particular area and in a particular time — is just an example of politics du jour, meaning this is what’s in front of us, and this is what’s considered important.

I pointed out that there are 1.2 billion Christians in the world, who have been persecuted in some manner for thousands of years, and admonished them for thinking that comparing body counts is disgusting and extremely unhelpful.

The conversation devolved from there, and even included racial insults on their part, and other ridiculous claims, all of which I ignored, since that always happens when logic departs and histrionics jump in. But it was instructive.

Making comparative statements are extremely unhelpful and a backhanded way to justify crime and bad behavior. Saying what about this or that to me just points out the problem is bigger than one incident, and maybe we should stop turning perpetrators into victims.

Moreover, forgetting about the past, as the saying goes, condemns us to repeat it, and the cycle of suffering will continue.

Don’t misunderstand this; I’m not advocating silence, nor am I saying that a person’s beliefs are not important, regardless of my feelings.

I am saying that it does no good to ignore the issues by saying the issues are ignored, and that it would be better to tackle events logically, putting blame where it belongs, and actually trying to heal and grow as a society.

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