On Why You Shouldn’t Send Stupid Email Forwards.

First off, let me make it really clear that this is not a post about bashing people who believe differently than I do. While it’s true, I have very strong opinions on politics, and everything else, this is absolutely not the space for them.

Plus, I love it that we all have such different views on things.

Diversity is rad, and I embrace it.

(The judgment, I can do without.)

I have friends who are Republican, Democrat, Independent, and friends who don’t care about anything other than the legalization of marijuana and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Different strokes for different folks and, as long as you don’t try and shove your opinions down the throats of others, it’s all good.

I mean, you and I may have different views on how the economy should be handled, but I welcome it.

I’m all for intelligent discourse.

Besides, I’m more of a social issues girl, anyway. Numbers make me all dizzy and nauseous, and sometimes itchy.

But (oh, stop, you knew it was coming), the moment someone attempts to support their logic with hate (homophobia, racism), religion (the kind that makes them intolerant to other beliefs), or erroneous information, all I hear is blah blah blah.

And, if you attempt to shove your dogmatic views down my throat when I’ve never even asked your opinion?

My head might explode.

It’s rude and much too personal.

Sometimes when this happens, I’m simply no longer interested in engaging. Other times, steam begins to shoot out my ears, my head spins around, and I can do nothing but engage.

Keeping my mouth shut is, admittedly, a big fault of mine. But, there is one thing you can count on. I would NEVER send someone an unsolicited email shouting my beliefs at them, while telling them their own are wrong.

And this, my friends, is how we got to right now.

There are people who insist on sending me political and religious emails, most of which can be disproven with a thirty second Google search. You know the ones, they exist on both ends of the political spectrum, and almost always consist of bogus information and scare tactics.

It began months ago.

The first few times it happened, I politely asked to be removed from the list.

Nothing.

So, then I resorted to the trusty Reply All —> send a Snopes Link move, hoping I’d just annoy myself right off the list.

Again, nothing. They kept coming.

Then I began to get angry.

Angry at my Gmail filter for ignoring me when I shouted that these emails were junk. And pissed off at these people for being so incredibly rude.

I think it was the one that read, “Watch this video of our UGLY First Lady. God Bless,” that sent me over the edge.

Sorry, but I highly doubt God would bless that kind of shit.

Sidenote: I let a lot of dumb emails slide.

Like, those that claim you must forward to twenty people by four o’clock, or you will turn into Teen Wolf at midnight and burn in the fiery embers of hell for all of eternity.

Dumb? For sure.

But, I get that these people are superstitious. And probably really old. And since they’re not mean-spirited,  I click delete and move on.

And I may have let these emails slide, too, but they were mean spirited.

Built with hateful rhetoric.

And when it comes to that kind of talk, the dude does not abide.

So, I did what I do best and ran my mouth. I’m not exactly sure if my goal was to change their minds or piss them off.

Probably a little of both.

Below is the actual transcript, copied and pasted, of this exchange (leaving out the repetitive ones). All names have been replaced (except mine) with Muppet characters, to protect the outraged.

Because Muppets make everything more fun!

Ain’t no party like a Muppet party cause a Muppet party don’t stoooooop!

(Sorry.)

And, also, because I’m not that big of a dick.

Think of this as a sort of Public Service Announcement, if you will, on what happens when you send these types of emails.

Everyone gets all huffy and puffy and bent out of shape. And no one can even see or hear anyone else, from so high up on their horse. In the end, everyone ends up taking their ball and walking away, leaving with the exact same opinions and convictions that they started with.

It’s a lose-lose situation, for sure.

So, unless you’re sure someone feels the same way you do, please refrain from adding them to your ranty, opinionated, personal emails.

Because, mark my words, it will always turn into a shit-show.

Much like the one below.

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Hilda:

Catholic Election AD to air soon!

WHOA!! You have GOT TO SEE this 3-minute ad……….and pass it along to everyone you know!!   (It’s actually just over 2 minutes and then there are credits…..)

THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY IS COMING UP. THIS IS TRULY A DECISIONAL ELECTION FOR OUR COUNTRY. EITHER WE RETURN TO THE VALUES AND FREEDOMS GIVEN TO US BY GOD AND BRING GOD BACK OR WE HAND OVER OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS TO LEAD US INTO ANOTHER COMMUNIST NATION, WITHOUT GOD, WITHOUT RELIGION, ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT AND ONE WORLD CURRENCY.

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Allison Zapata:

Hmmm…seems to me the other side are more the extremists, trying to take freedom away with all their bullshit birth control talk and misinformed crap on Planned Parenthood. And telling ppl who they can and cannot marry. Hypocrites, much? BARF. Fear-mongering is the only way they can win though.

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Janice:

I absolutely love this video and I am proud to stand up for Life, Freedom and Marriage Reinforced. I hope each of you will take this to heart and vote your conscience too.

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Allison Zapata:

I agree about voting with your conscience. Which is why I’m voting the way I am. I just don’t think Jesus would judge like this. To each his own. And until I’m removed from this list…don’t expect me to quell my opinions. :)

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Miss Piggy:

Not only is the man a pathological narcissist but he is a pathological liar and murderer.  Obama Voted AGAINST a bill put forth in the Illinois legislature (one of only a few things that he actually did while a state senator) that would have save the life of an attempted abortion if that baby were to be born alive (which has happened in many attempted abortions, after the 6th month mark in the womb, i.e. partial birth abortion)  This alone speaks volumes to this man’s belief system, and is enough for me to say no, I do not want you to represent me or my country.

Here is what the man says of himself:

An example of President Obama’s Ego can be found on page 160 of his book entitled The Audacity of Hope. According to President Obama, “I find comfort in the fact that the longer I’m in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a striving for power and rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition, and that I am answerable mainly to the steady gaze of my own conscience.”

Wow, so he is only answerable to himself…where is God in this?  Perhaps you should look into Obama’s religion of the last 20 some years.  Lest we for get Reverend Jerimiah Wright.

Here are some of his quotes and actions:

April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”

February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.

April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.

May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.

October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.

November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.

November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.

November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.

Shall we say he has a high regard for himself and none for those who have gone before him or who have differing opinions?  It would be safe to say yes. My problem with Obama and any of the politicians who are running for this high office, is that they have forgotten who they are sworn to represent. He has forgotten that he has sworn before God Almighty and a nation of people to protect and defend the constitution.  They have now moved to fulfill their own agendas and movements.

Just look at his friends and those he has placed in high places of leadership.  Look at his mentors, George Soros,  Saul Alinsky both Marxist.  Believe me Obama does not have our best interests at heart he has his own.  You do not want this country to become what the elites want it to be a:  Marxist-Socialist economy and country.

Seriously, do your homework before you begin to espouse the attributes of someone of Obama’s ilk to the rest of us.

You may vote your conscience that is between you and our Creator.  You do not have to spew your disdain to the rest of us who fully believe that our country is in dire straits.

As for you comments directed about our Lord, Here’s what He said about the religious leaders of his day:

Mat 3:7 : But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

And here’s what He and the Word (logos) which refers to Jesus in John 1:1 have to say about the sanctity of life:

Luk 18:16 But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Psa 139:13 For You formed myinward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.

Psa 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

Psa 139:15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Psa 139:16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
Also the women at the well shows us how The Lord treats us.  He speaks truth and loves with justice and compassion.  He is slow to anger not wanting any to perish.

John 4: 7-30  Read about how the Lord deals with her and tells her to go and sin no more, this is what we all would do well to do.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

To be quite honest I truly believe our leaders have lost their way, there are no statesmen, we have only career politicians who crave money and power.  But to return to another four years of the current administration is to say we no longer want a representative republic.  If you were to read all of the Executive Orders that the last 4 presidents have put into place you would be shocked beyond all belief.

The Gospel in a nutshell:

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Because He was raised from the dead we can live.  May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob become real and personal to you.

I appreciate your zeal, I just wish it was in accordance with knowledge.

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Kermit the Frog (here):

With ALL due respect it is my contention that people who send SHIT like THIS around are BEYOND the pale of civil discourse and thus DESERVING of a little scatological admonishment – tit for tat, as it were!

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Beaker:

No one should be beyond the pale of CIVIL DISCOURSE.

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Kermit the Frog (here):

YOU are right!  PLEASE change the word to feculence.

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Janice:

With all respect Kermit the Frog, what was listed by Miss Piggy below are undisputed FACTS not the four letter word you chose to use to describe it. I think you need to apologize to her. Or you can “google” them if you like.

Sincerely,
Janice

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Kermit the Frog (here):

SORRY Janice!  Just CAN’T go along with such cretinous drivel as, “Not only is the man a pathological narcissist but he is a pathological liar and murderer. “  DON’T you people EVER get embarrassed?

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Annie Sue Pig:

Allison, I have no idea who you are, but your emails are extraordinarily rude, and border on delusional.  I cannot refrain any longer from pointing out the following:
In reference to your first comments on hypocrisy, I wanted to include your own words here, from your blog–found here:

http://www.allisonzapata.com/

“So, as we go through our day, let’s all try to be a little nicer and a lot less judgmental about situations we have no knowledge on. It would be a much happier coexistence if we came from a kinder, less harsh, place in our hearts, when we see things we simply cannot understand.”

Right, so how do you reconcile your circular diatribes spewed upon us in light of your own comments on “less harsh” and “a lot less judgmental”? These people here are presenting their beliefs, plain and simple. You ask for “coexistence”, and yet, you do not follow the very prescription you outlay for everyone else.  This is hypocrisy.

I will pray for you and Luca.

I will also not be responding to any emails along this thread–enough time and energy has already been expended.

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Allison Zapata:

It seems you have twisted my words a little.

I am not judging you for your beliefs, I am judging you for bashing someone or thinking those who don’t belief as you do are somehow bad.

I am a person that is INTOLERANT of intolerant people. Of people judging other people who believe differently than them. Of saying hateful things about a man, because you think he has a different god than you do. Who judges people so harshly because they are not christian and then has the nerve to say “I’ll pray for you.” Who is so against abortion, but once a child is born, mocks them and calls them lazy for needing assistance. Who values life, yet has no issue with bombing people and children of other countries, “to offer them a nation NOT RULED BY RELIGION.”

I walk through my life as I think Jesus would have. Accepting everyone. Christian, atheist, agnostic, muslim (GASP!), jewish, rich, poor, gay or straight. EVERYONE IS EQUAL. No one deserves LESSER RIGHTS than anyone else.

I teach my children that they are better than no one. That we are all equal. That judging people because they were born differently or believe differently than they do is UNACCEPTABLE. To always have an open mind and be loving. To never PUSH THEIR BELIEFS on other people. I will love them NO MATTER WHAT they decide to believe in or who they want to marry. The only time there will be trouble for them is if they claim to be Christians and then judge people who are not.

Do I judge you because you are Christian? Absolutely not. That is absurd. Does it make me sick to my stomach that you judge people who aren’t? SO MUCH SO.

I would NEVER send an email out to people pushing my agenda. But, why is so wrong that I speak my mind when I am constantly bombarded with UNSOLICITED, hateful, racist, homophobic, judgmental emails, neatly wrapped up with “God bless you.” and “I’ll pray for you.”

Hypocrisy is saying you’re a Christian yet not wanting a man you think doesn’t believe like you do to run our country. Or trying to deny the rights or meddle in the business of other people you don’t even know.

I am so not out of line.

Do I struggle with with my judgement of intolerant people? Every. Single. Day. But, in the end, it’s this kind of intolerance that is KILLING people and this country. Not a lack of Christianity.

I am proud of who I am and of my bleeding heart.

Jesus was not a republican and my guess is he wouldn’t like his message being twisted to fit a political agenda.

And I’ll pray for you as well.

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Annnnnnnnnnd Scene!

Man, I need a fucking drink.

Happy Monday, guys!

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  1. Thom TheGlassPhoenix April 30, 2012 | Reply
    As a member of the last political group in your one of your first paragraph (Viva fiery Cheetos and friends!), good for you for putting your foot down regarding those absolutely asinine email chains.
    • admin April 30, 2012 | Reply
      Thank you!! :) xoxoxoxo
  2. kel April 30, 2012 | Reply
    Jesus. Very well stated, my friend. It's really too a shame to see what some people do in the name of "God." Jesus would not condone the way some people treat others in the name of religion. I am proud of you for speaking your mind...especially because you make a very good point.
    • admin April 30, 2012 | Reply
      Thank you, my friend! I haven't gotten one since! That or my Gmail finally got the hint. xoxo
  3. Babs April 30, 2012 | Reply
    Good girl!!! And tell this moron that Luca certainly doesn't need her prayers!! You neither... What an intolerant raving maniac!!
  4. Jeff April 30, 2012 | Reply
    Janice, Kermit, Annie, & Beaker sound like idiots ill pray for them as I smoke this bowl and wash my red hot cheetos down with a Caucasian
    • admin April 30, 2012 | Reply
      BAHAHAHHAHA. Enjoy!
  5. ashley April 30, 2012 | Reply
    *slow clap* I might keep this on hand to use in the upcoming election season...
  6. Loukia April 30, 2012 | Reply
    I cannot tolerate people who are judgy and who claim they're Christians and have so much hate in them and such strong opinions. MANY times a day I bite my tongue and sit on my hands so as not to start anything online, with peopel who have ahem, very strong and usually awful opinions on things. Teaching our children that we are all equal and that everyone should be treated with respect and love and kindness is the best thing we can do. I could go on and on here but I'm totally half asleep right now... great post...
    • admin April 30, 2012 | Reply
      SAME HERE! Thanks, Loukia!! Can't wait for NY! :)
  7. the grumbles May 1, 2012 | Reply
    What's sad about these people, and I say "these people" meaning people who are batshit crazy, is that they will walk away from this still 100% convinced that they are in the right. It hurts my brain. You presented your point, asked to be removed, etc etc, and STILL with the TL;DR preaching! Done.
  8. Jennifer May 1, 2012 | Reply
    I'm pretty sure Miss Piggy had a little foam coming out of the corner of her mouth when she wrote that.
  9. Jess May 1, 2012 | Reply
    Gah those people are on crack. It is funny that the ones that claim to be the most Christian are some of the people that can be so hateful. I just don't get it. Love everyone equal and go on your merry way! Psh.
  10. Brooke May 1, 2012 | Reply
    Holy. Shit. Well said, lady. I get upset when the same crazies follow our political figures (on instagram, twitter, etc...) and spew their hate in response to the most innocent of postings. "Here is Obama at a rally in Wisconsin." "OBAMA IS A BABY KILLER." "HIM DONE DID TURN OUR COUNTREE TO SHIT." Dude. Don't FOLLOW him if you dislike him. Also, since when did "I'll pray for you" become an insult? Ps Annie Sue- you forgot Leo. What did he ever do to you?!
  11. Awesome!! Love your balls, girl!
  12. Nazy May 1, 2012 | Reply
    Hats off to you kiddo on handling this with balls of a dragon!!!! Thank you for standing up for me and saying what needs to be said. Thank you for being you. Keep it up Allison you couldn't have done it any better.
  13. Tracy May 2, 2012 | Reply
    As usual, you have my utmost respect. Rock on, girl! :o)
  14. elia May 2, 2012 | Reply
    hahhahaa! that was good.
  15. Anex June 6, 2012 | Reply
    My DAD sends me this kind of crap all the time. I don't even open it anymore, it ends up straight in the deleted pile. It's really sad to watch our country fall apart over such hate and derisiveness. Today I asked myself where it all went wrong? I may not very much agree with Republicans, but it didn't used to be THIS bad you know? I'd like to say it started with the Tea Party and that Sarah Palin nonsense, but I think it started creeping up a bit before that with the "war on terrorism". It really does make me sad for humanity, and intelligence. I'm not sure it is something that can ever be fixed. There's just so much hate and I hate to say a lot of it comes from uppity "Christians" (please note the uppity part, not all are so intolerant).
  16. Anex October 28, 2012 | Reply
    "November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law." Lady needs to get over herself. E pluribus unum (/ˈiː ˈplʊərɨbəs ˈuːnəm/; Latin [ˈeː ˈpluːrɪbʊs ˈuːnũː]) — Latin for "Out of many, one"[1][2] (alternatively translated as "One from many")[3] — is a phrase on the Seal of the United States, along with Annuit cœptis and Novus ordo seclorum, and adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782.[2] Never codified by law, E pluribus unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States[citation needed] until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act (H. J. Resolution 396), adopting "In God We Trust" as the official motto.[4] That 1956 shit was added because of the red scare and as far as I am concerned NEVER should have happened because it goes completely against the "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." making that the motto kind of establishes religion doesn't it?
  17. Sam millus May 6, 2013 | Reply
    I'm pretty sure my inlaws are Janice and miss piggy. I would be able to tell you for sure but they don't speak to me anymore. Which is nice, it gives me more time to "ruin their son and grand kids" it's a time consuming business y'all. As always you rock and I love and admire you:) xo
  18. Allison May 6, 2013 | Reply
    I get emails like that from my dad ALL the time. Like you have encountered, arguing back and forth doesn't really change anyone's mind and we all end up leaving the battlefield wounded but clinging tightly to our beliefs. I've even asked him to stop sending them because I'm tired of it all, because he knows I disagree. But I have lost track at this point of how many anti-Muslim, pro-gun, racist, homophobic bullshit email forwards I've gotten from him that have little or no research put into them and can easily be debunked by a quick Snopes search. Sigh. But dude. High five for standing up for yourself. You might not have changed their minds in any way, but you didn't sit by silently. Right on.
  19. Gaby May 6, 2013 | Reply
    Good for you! I loved this post and its sentiment. I've lost friends ("friends"?) by challenging such hateful statements as the ones you were exposed to in this email exchange, but if that's the cost of challenging hate and bigotry? So be it. What kills me is that many of these incorrect, inflammatory posts can be checked with a .5 second Google search. You're already on the computer posting this, why not go ahead and determine if it's true?! Kills me dead. Anyway, yes. Agreed. Seconded.

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