I hate mob mentalities, I don't care what the ultimate goal of a particular mob is, I can't stand it. The internet makes it incredibly easy to join up as a part of a mob and destroy something with little thought about the people affected. That's incredibly unfortunate to me.
Tribalistic, otherizing behaviors are dangerous and dehumanizing and they are no less common among the atheist community - I'm afraid to admit - than in religious communities.
Memories Pizza in some small town in Indiana shared an opinion on a news station that belongs in the 1950's - and then people on social media took to insulting the owners of this restaurant in increasingly inventive ways - the owners have shut down the operation citing death threats as the cause if conservative media is to be believed. Those threats, too, belong in the 1950's.
The owners of this place are still people, backward thinking - wrong - people, who may change one day like I did when I believed some of the same backwards and wrong things they do.
We cannot expect everyone to agree with us on controversial issues, even in 2015 - progress takes so much time and is so difficult and I think that to use social media as an engine by which to insult and shame rather than to create dialogue is to miss the point.
Here we are, with the power to communicate ideas - to debate the finer points in life, and instead we sling mud at mudslingers.
Doctor King did not struggle so that we could learn nothing from him - he was an example of the efficacy of peaceful resistance and persistence in the goal of educating your neighbor. He died knowing how to show those that hated him that he, like them, was human in every way that they were.
We must not forget that even backwards people are human, prone to failed ideologies and ludicrous opinions - each one of us, hopefully, is going to know something tomorrow that we don't know today and maybe tomorrow the owners of Memories Pizza will know how wrong they are about this issue - being an asshole on the internet won't help them get there any faster.