Pastor John Pavlovitz, author of “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community,” has a message for all of you gun-loving adults out there. He wants you to stop trolling anti-gun Parkland survivors and just shut up and listen to the superheroes like Emma Gonzalez.
“Stop trolling them.
Stop harassing them.
Stop victimizing them.
Stop verbally assaulting them.
Shut-up and listen to them.”https://t.co/GbAeDOVwFr
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 4, 2018
Pavlovitz explains further on his blog:
Teenagers have a really low tolerance for bullshit, which is why they are speaking with such clarity and conviction right now.
It’s why they mince no words and reject every bit of verbal gymnastics about the 2nd Amendment, and about liberty, and about guns not killing people.
It’s why they unapologetically raise a strident middle finger to the sinful sham of “thoughts and prayers,” because they know that the friends and teachers they lost deserve a heck of a lot more than that.
This isn’t the time to tell us why you love your guns, or to share anecdotal stories about people stopping crimes with AR-15s, or to offer condescension to these teenagers, as if you understand something they don’t.
This is the time to shut your mouth and yield the floor to them.
This is the time to have some reverence, because you are the in presence of heroic young people.
So just shut up, OK? Oprah and George Clooney and Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg each put up $500,000 so these kids could have a microphone and countless TV cameras in Washington, D.C. with a little organizational boost from Everytown, so just shut up and listen.
The message is always for the right to shut up. Only the excuses change. https://t.co/JZmKQ0R2ZW
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) April 4, 2018
No. I'm not their mom. I don't need to listen to them. https://t.co/FNXIEuX1Pt
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) April 4, 2018
I am neither their parent nor their therapist. I have been a teenager; I know better than to listen to them if I don't have to. https://t.co/Kzgo1uTDCR
— Clark Dog (@TheClarksTale) April 4, 2018
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) April 4, 2018
Has Pavlovitz seen how quickly Kyle Kashuv has moved among legislators and the president in his bid for school safety reforms? He’s a superhero too, right? Tell Kurt Eichenwald to lay off if you feel compelled to tell someone to shut up and stop trolling.
"Shut-up and listen to them."
Ahem. *Taps microphone*
— Gunsplain (@Gunsplain) April 4, 2018
Welcome to the real world kids. Enjoy your clear backpacks.
— Quandt_Trader (@taquandt) April 4, 2018
I haven’t harassed them but I’m under no obligation to listen to them regarding my rights. https://t.co/QtJMdnmKZK
— Fiscal Therapist (@BigLifeMark) April 4, 2018
The left should first stop using them. https://t.co/ZrWcSX9CXI
— A D R I A N A✨?✨ (@ZineMeAgain) April 4, 2018
Stop hiding behind them.
Stop pimping them out.
Stop taking advantage of children and emotionally hurting people to advance you own selfish ends.
Stop cynically using 'absolute moral authority' in place of argument. https://t.co/54PZLjXFYm
— Notorious Augusto P (@GenAugustoP) April 4, 2018
Just shut up and listen, OK? Agreed?
The HELL?! Ben Shapiro shares Kurt Eichenwald's email about Kyle Kashuv, and it's 'positively DERANGED' [pic] https://t.co/EeDSxORvWv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 3, 2018