Here it is! The LAST DAY of the 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge!
We made it!
a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.
synonyms: fanatic, enthusiast, extremist, radical, young Turk, diehard, true believer, activist, militant; bigot, dogmatist, sectarian, partisan; informal: fiend, maniac, ultra, nut; eager beaverhistorical: member of an ancient Jewish sect aiming at a world Jewish theocracy
I’ve met my share of zealots over the years, both in person and online. Let’s look at the synonym, “bigot”, which is more descriptive:
a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.
“don’t let a few small-minded bigots destroy the good image of the city”
synonyms: chauvinist, partisan, sectarian; racist, sexist, homophobe, dogmatist, jingoist
See also NEANDERTHAL
It’s no secret that I’m not religious, but I rarely mention it, unless the subject comes up. Any zealot who says I will “burn in hell” or otherwise casts aspersions on my character is going to get a lecture. (There have been some absolutely ridiculous forum exchanges about that! 😛 ) Surely one can see the irony of condemning an Atheist to hell? 😉 “Live and let live” is my motto and at no time would I ever castigate anyone for their beliefs. All I ask is to be granted the same courtesy, or, to put it in biblical terms, “Judge Not”.
Sadly, some members of my husband’s family (old world Italian), were unaccepting of our union, because I was neither Italian nor Catholic. They tried to break us up by telling lies about me and even refused to come to the wedding, despite our getting married in their church. This was a concession I made at hubby’s request. He’s not religious either, but was hoping to appease “la famiglia”. In hindsight, I should have refused, as the hypocrisy made me uncomfortable (not to mention the interview with the priest, but that’s another story). His elderly aunt even put a curse on us, (seriously!) and they all said it wouldn’t last. Yet, here we are, 42 years later! Who has the last laugh now, eh? 😀 Read the secrets to our longevity HERE.
Why can’t we all just get along, regardless of ethnicity, creed or political affiliations?
Human race, unite!
Have you ever been denigrated by a zealot? How did you handle it?
Looking forward to your comments!
As this challenge comes to an end, I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit, follow and comment on The Doglady’s Den. Some offline matters have kept me from reciprocating as much as I’d like, but I promise to catch up over the next few days. It’s been a pleasure, meeting such talented writers and reading your interesting, informative posts. I fully intend to keep up with many of you and look forward to future interactions.
P.S. See you on May 4 for the “REFLECTIONS” post!