Dear Hearts and Gentle People,
It has come to my attention that a rumor has a significant amount of attention. The story is that on Saturday night, February 6, 2016, groups of men will get together and hold rallies at which they will rape women.
This rumor grew out of a rumor that on Saturday a group called Kings of Men would hold pro-rape rallies.
This rumor grew out of the real story--that a men's rights organization scheduled "tribal meetings" for Saturday. Those tribal meetings have been canceled out of fears regarding safety.
Last night, my son and I talked about the rumors we see and hear so frequently. He said he learned that when you see something strange, you should ask yourself, Does it seem like a lie? He also said that we need to use our critical thinking skills.
I rely on snopes.com for information about stories that don't seem realistic to me. When I read that Planned Parenthood sold parts from aborted fetuses to be used in women's cosmetics, I felt certain it was a lie. I went to snopes to learn the truth. Now, Planned Parenthood has a law suit pending against the groups that told those lies about them.
When you see such a story, instead of getting upset, ask yourself, Does this seem like a lie, or the truth? If you think any chance exists that the story is a lie, then investigate it. If you think any chance exists that the story is true, then investigate it. Issue warnings about true threats. Dismiss lies and spread the word that they aren't true.
If you believed the "rape rallies" would take place, then please don't think I belittle you. I've believed many rumors during my life. I'm a little older and wiser now, and I have snopes.
On the other hand, if you think the crimes perpetrated by Bill Cosby are not true, then you need to investigate to learn that this man is a serial rapist who got away with his crimes for years. I was not surprised when I heard about the charges on the news. Rumors about him had been around for many years, and I found no evidence that the rumors were lies. The man himself--America's ideal dad-- admitted to extra-marital affairs and "possible" illegitimate children. There's a reason he was deposed quite some time ago.
Think about it. Investigate it. If you still think Bill Cosby isn't a rapist, then report the evidence.
Infinities of love,