My friend Jeannette Watland was recently featured in the Minnesota Women’s Press and it’s a terrific article.
Her pleasant demeanor has helped her out in the strangest places, too…
Building bridges rather than walls has been rewarding for Watland. She once made a connection with someone she calls a “‘God-hates-fags’-type protestor.” Watland, a vocal gay-rights supporter, looked at the other protestor as an individual rather than an opponent. “There were people shouting at them. I started a respectful dialog,” she said. “He admitted that some of his points were wrong. [Respect] goes both ways.”
Watland, who is an atheist, has been confronted with hate speech while participating in Minnesota Atheists’ public events. While she realizes “It’s natural to be defensive” in situations where you’re being attacked for your beliefs, reaching out to those with differing beliefs comes naturally to her.
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