I'm a "people pleaser". I often find that I hold my tongue on occasion in order to keep everybody happy.
But lately I've seen a very disturbing trend and have had some personal experiences that highlight this problem and I've decided that political correctness has got to go and I'm just not going to take it anymore.
I certainly try hard not to judge the belief systems of others. Firstly, that is a job best left to our Maker and secondly, the glass on my house isn't even tempered... That said, I am getting REALLY TIRED of pretending that every rebel and crazy is NORMAL.
There are entire groups of people out there that may or may not being doing anything contrary to halacha (and I leave that distinction to the more erudite bloggers - though for my intent and purpose it doesn't really matter)but they are certainly being unconventional in a very "in your face" sort of way, and we are expected to act like everything is normal.
I have been guilty of this time and time again until lately I have come to the realization that these people do not afford me (and the rest of the "mainstream") the same courtesy. They are MOCKING us. They are rebelling for ATTENTION. and we sit around and admire their sartorial splendor in all our political correctness.
It is time we stepped up and stated the obvious - THE EMPEROR IS NAKED!!!