I am becoming very discouraged at the non-tolerant rhetoric I see on various social media regarding religion, and specifically, Catholicism.
Social media, apparently, gives people carte blanche to rant and rail against values long held dear by friends and loved ones (we're not talking strangers here) who they know read their feeds and pages. Is this a deliberate punch in the stomach or are they so narcissistic as to think everyone values their insults?
If these things were said within the hearing of these "misinformed" friends and relatives, they would quickly lose the contact they currently enjoy with these people. Is that what the goal is, or, again, are they so narcissistic as to think that someone would sit in a room with them, hear them insult values and things they dearly love, smile and go on as usual?
Do those of us on the receiving end of all this "enlightenment" lower ourselves to the abusive rhetoric? I'm afraid that would not be productive, but I'm also afraid that doing nothing leaves ourselves (and our Church) open to insults and gives these people the impression that their rantings are morally neutral.
Is having "friends" in social media worth losing those in real life?