Nothing ruins a sunny Sunday afternoon like a hypocritical hate group claiming to be Christian and corrupting the next generation of children.
When it comes to religion, I feel like choice is an important concept. You can choose to believe whatever you want to believe. It’s in our Constitution, and it’s one of our shared societal beliefs. Although I am not the most knowledgeable regarding religion, I can see that it has several advantages - it can bring you closer to others, it can give you strength in times of crisis or prosperity, and it can help you find deeper meaning in life or self-actualize.
At this moment in time, I am an agnostic atheist. I don’t really believe in a higher power because in my lifetime, I have not seen enough evidence. God has not convinced me yet. Similar to Abraham Lincoln, I believe something similar to “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.”
But I will still let you choose. Just because I believe God might not exist – even if I believed God doesn’t exist – it is not in my power to purge you of your choice. You choose what you want to believe in. You believe what makes you happy. If you want to worship or pray, go straight ahead. Personally, I think physical attractiveness is overrated, that the humanities should take a front seat to the sciences, and that it’s essential for everyone to read for at least half an hour every day. Obviously, not everyone will agree with me or follow in my footsteps. But that’s perfectly okay.
However, your religion or your philosophy should not take away other people’s choices. It should not come into play with things concerning government policy, how a female feels about her body, or how two men or two women want to express their love for one another. It is simply wrong for religion, or any belief system, to steal another person’s chance to attain happiness. I accept that I am mostly ignorant when it comes to religion, but does it not revolve around the idea of loving your neighbor like you love yourself? Who in this whole wide world would Jesus ever decide to hate?
If all of this is true, then why does the American Family Association exist? Why do these people spread hatred and hypocrisy, poisoning the prosperity of America’s children and killing hope and harmony?
The truth behind this hate is ignorance. These people cannot comprehend – cannot understand – the bile that has built up in their communities, the lies that have infiltrated their teachings. They cannot break free from the ignorance implanted within their minds.
In the end, you choose. You choose what you believe in, you choose what you say to people. I saw a friend from a summer program I went to outright castigate abortion and a women’s right to choose on a social networking site. I had another friend tell me to my face that what I want – to love another man fully, consensually, and compassionately, is morally wrong. Unfortunately, I’m used to it.
But when my little cousins grow up, and when I have children, I will never let anyone tell them how to pursue happiness. I will never allow an association, which supposedly supports families, to enslave my own blood by banning them from love.
I will always, always let them live freely.
Thoughts and comments, even if they are from an opposing viewpoint, are always appreciated.