When I started with my activism in resistance to the current fascist regime, I used to get pretty rattled by fascist-loyalists who would attack me online. The way I dealt with it was to not back down and reply back to all the punches with compliments ... compliments that I'd relay to the fascist-loyalists on behalf of peas. Yeah, you know the tiny green round legume. I loved how this irked the fascist-loyalists. "How dare you tell me that peas think I'm smart?!" they'd huff and puff with their pea brains as they all eventually became split pea soup before they would drip away from me.
I've learned that by not backing down and being true to who I am (and using tools like satire and logic and well-readness) is the best way to make split pea soup. Yesterday, I did get a fascist-loyalist named Yvette who stopped by my FB page who said many things including this:
"We are all Americans and if you don't appreciate ALL the opportunities that this great Country has to offer then maybe you need to think about moving."
I couldn't believe it. Think about moving out of my country?! At that moment, it felt right that rather than sending a compliment on behalf of peas, I simply told her to:
To which she stated her commitment to pray for those that feel oppressed. To which I said, "Go ahead and pray to the derivative of Jesus."
My activism is based on who I am, and how I feel. Who I am includes a pretty deep understanding of the Bible. I've read the entire book more than once. I know many passages and all the books within the Bible by memory, including the Old Testament, which is organized according to the Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, Major Prophets, and Minor Prophets. Pentateuch is a Greek word that means "five books" which makes sense because it includes the first five books of the Old Testament which are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I won't bore you with the rest of the books. You get the picture.
I also understand who it is that fascist-loyalists pray to, which is not Jesus at all. Jesus—the dark-skinned radical who fought for economic and social justice for the poor and disenfranchised. The fascist-loyalists pray to a distorted DERIVATIVE of Jesus—the light-skinned, blue-eyed, capitalist who champions walls to keep dark-skinned people at bay, gives tax breaks to wall street and finds ways to punish women who try to control their own bodies.
And as Alan (my friend from high school) preaches from the pulpit to his congregation in Chicago, integrity comes from being what you are. And who I am ... is clearer than ever before ... with no fear of pointing out the hypocrisy and hatred toward the "other" that is at the heart of the fascist regime and its loyalists who distort and erect derivatives of truth.