It is so frustrating to have a group of amazing friends that I love and adore but can NEVER become closer with because I CAN'T be myself around them. I'm a very conservative, practicing Roman Catholic. I can't talk about anything that i believe or hold dear to my heart with ANY of my friends without censure, jeering, or being told I'm wrong, stupid and a terrible or terribly deprived person. TOLERANCE MY ASS! I love and value each and everyone of you whiny titty-babies, and I am respectful of your beliefs or choice to not have any, AT LEAST give me the same dignity! I can understand where some people would chime in saying "well YOU and YOUR KIND oppressed US and OUR KIND for CENTURIES." Ok, I can see that. BUT WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW? By having that mindset you are COMPLETELY counterproductive to your objective! -> tolerance and acceptance, celebration of differences. I love you all, but sometimes you guys undercut my spirit and are completely unapologetic. Sometimes I get excited, have my hopes up, when you guys ask me ASK me questions about what I believe and why. I get excited and start explaining and describing and as I watch your faces my steam slowly leaks out. You make comments, ask pointed quesitons that make it evident that you brought up the subject NOT for community in understanding each other, NOT for genuine search for knowledge, but rather to a) PICK A FIGHT and as a result try to make me feel like an inferior human being for my beliefs b) use circumstantial and extremist stories of unseemly and aweful events to make yourself feel, idk grandiose somehow. Because by making smearing remarks about my religion you totally gain the higher ground. Like you're trying to shock me with your fucking dumbass stories and sideways glances, shock me into questioning and doubting and perhaps even casting off my chosen faith. Tolerance. My. Ass.