It boggles the mind that people feel they have the right to bully others and share their ignorance, hatred, and racism because the president elect is Donald Trump. I think it is more than the fact that the orange man will be leading our nation for a little while. It is more that a good amount of Trump supporters bonded over voting for Trump. They realized that there were thousands upon thousands of other people that have racist, homophobic, ignorant view. Hateful people feel like it is okay to put their hate out there since there are others that hate. Is it because Trump is the president elect? Or is it because the president elect did not stop this mentality from breeding, festering, boiling over?
Here's another case in point where a small feeble man felt he had the go ahead to open up his bigoted mouth. (was that too harsh?)
A Tempe church is warning all Valley religious organizations about a man storming into its office using inflammatory, graphic language about the LGBT community, citing Donald Trump’s presidential win as permission.
Tempe police said the stranger saw the rainbow flag hanging outside the Community Christian Church on Wednesday and went inside the office to voice his disgust.
Aside from the man voicing his hatred for the LGBT community, he threatened to pay people to protest outside the church and spread lies about pedophilia among the congregation.
“He said that if Hillary would have won he would have driven right on by the church without stopping, but because Trump won he felt he had permission to say and act the way he wanted to expressing the hate that he had for this particular group of people,” Pastor Doug Bland said.
Church officials said a new banner saying “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” put up beside the rainbow flag is a perfect response to the incident. According to Bland, the phrase is in reference to the 1984 Bruce Cockburn song.
According to Tempe police, the incident was documented but detectives said the man didn’t commit a crime. He threatened to spread lies and picket the church but didn’t cause bodily harm. If he returns, the man could be cited with trespassing.
Does there need to be lessons for adults about bullying? Yes, there is freedom of speech, but when it is like this, full of hate and bigotry, do we just let it slide? Can we get his phone number and address and practice some free speech on him?