I have been a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, have many close friends who are from different backgrounds, religions, races. I am an advocate for pro-choice, women's rights and speaking up for these issues. I've fought, my whole life, for better awareness for climate change and actions to take to help save our planet and everything living upon it. So, before I begin, this thread is NOT about these issues or Trump's presidency, it is just to give background. So please don't hijack the thread into a political discussion.
My family on my mothers' side are extremely conservative, believe homosexuality is a sin, clump ALL Muslim's into "ISIS" category and are belligerently opposed to anyone they decide is "A Liberal."
So, I made a post on my Facebook page in support of one movement the other day, which was intended to lend support to my Muslim friends, for whom I am deeply concerned at this time for many reasons. The family members in question ripped me a new one, claiming that I was expressing "fake news" and even going on to say that it's a good thing Trump is taking care of the problem, because Muslims are terrorists, and many other horrible, cruel statements I could hardly believe were being posted in response to my initial post, which was merely drawing awareness to something that was happening to people i know.
When I took the measure to limit the view capability to my posts going forward so that I do not wind up in a huge battle with my family, I noticed my cousin has blocked me on Facebook. Look, normally Facebook means nothing to me. But this is a huge overreaction to my posts, which he could simply unfollow. He and I grew up together and I've tried to maintain a relationship with him regardless of our differing views. I reached out to him around the election time just to ask what his thinking WAS, since he was openly voting conservatively and making his thoughts known. I wanted a respectful discussion - not a fight or a rift.
I am shocked by the fallout from my family today and unsure of how to proceed. Do I reach out to my cousins to clarify that I don't want our different political opinions to ruin our history? I have very few means of keeping in touch with my family, and Facebook was something that helped this while I live in Europe (I moved here from the states a year ago).
Any thoughts on how to handle this are very, very welcome.