I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard the phrase “It’s my opinion” after someone posts or says something that is wrong or bigoted. And they state it fully expecting people to say, “Oh, OK then, it’s just an opinion” and ignore facts, racism or logic. Or I have seen/heard “I’m not wrong about this I’m just giving my opinion!” Umm…No! No, that’s not how this works. It’s like somewhere between 2015 and now the definition of opinion got warped into this catch-all “get outta jail” card to say whatever you want with no repercussions and end an argument or debate. It doesn’t work that way.
An opinion, by definition is:
- a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something: what someone thinks about a particular thing
- advice from someone with special knowledge: advice from an expert
- a formal statement by a judge, court, etc., explaining the reasons a decision was made according to laws or rules
An opinion is not a fact. An opinion can be wrong. And while you are entitled to have an opinion and share it, it can still make you an asshole.
Trump is President. <– That’s a fact.
I say “It sucks that Trump is President.” <— That’s an opinion.
Here is another example
Jimmy and Kyle are gay <— That’s a fact.
You say “Jimmy and Kyle shouldn’t be able to get married cause they are gay” <—That’s an opinion. And for bonus points, if you think or say that it makes you an asshole.
Why does it make you an asshole you ask?
Well, it makes you an asshole because it becomes a discriminatory opinion. You see, when you have unjust or prejudicial views of a group of people based on things they cannot change like age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual preference or religion that is wrong! And this makes you an asshole.
So, if your opinion is going to hurt someone, you’re an asshole. (and to some of you right now, I’m an asshole for telling you that you’re an asshole…it’s an asshole “come to Jesus” session!)
And saying “it’s my opinion” doesn’t mean you are not hurting someone.
See how that works?
Who a person is or what they do is a fact. You don’t have to like a fact, and that is your opinion, but it doesn’t change the truth of the fact.
Now, I know this can get a little muddy cause well some Christians believe that because of a couple of references in the bible that being gay goes against God, and so you think I’m being hypocritical and discriminating against you…but I am not. God himself said “Judge not, lest ye be judged” which means Christian people, it’s not our place to damn and judge and exclude Kyle and Jimmy, that’s for God to do on judgment day. Also, I am not telling you your belief is wrong, I am telling you that your interpretation of the bible is just that your interpretation of the bible and it is not your place to force that interpretation on anyone, because then it changes from your interpretation to judgment which…say it with me…makes you an asshole!