I often try to avoid blogging about political and religious issues, largely because I do not enjoy being attacked by people who feel that their opinion is the one and only valid one. This blog, however, will be a little political and a little religious, so you may or may not want to stop reading now. If you continue to read and are offended, it’s your bag. I welcome your response, your opinion and yes, even your arguments, but do not attack me personally, insult me, or try to cram your beliefs down my throat. That is unacceptable.
I, personally, greatly appreciate that we live in a country where we are all free to have our own thoughts and opinions. Even if I don’t agree with you, I would like to hear your opinion. It is nice to be able to discuss and debate without attacking and arguing. Not everyone feels this way. Some people are so incredibly offended when someone has a different opinion, it’s like they are being personally attacked, so they attack back. I welcome contrasting views, because they, like every individual shade of color, add beauty and depth to the world. So, with all that being said, let’s talk a little about religion and politics.
On Friday, August 17, 2012, the South Bloomingville Christian Church in Logan, Ohio burned down. It is suspected arson and is quite possibly a hate crime, because it is a “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender church” who “welcome all people regardless of their faith, sexual orientation or race”. You can read the entire article here in the Logan Daily News.
When I first heard about this horrible crime I was heartbroken, then angry, and back to sad again. It is astounding to me that in this day and age there are still people who are so small-minded, so close-minded, so self-righteous, that they feel they have the right to do something like this. In the first place, what possible harm could this church have done to you? If you didn’t agree with their message, no one was forcing you to attend services! How does their belief, in any way, affect yours? If you don’t believe that people should be gay, DON’T BE GAY! I’m not asking you to stop believing what you do, but really, if you don’t want other people to push their beliefs on you, why do you have the right to push yours onto them? Why can’t we live and let live? There are a lot of things that I could say here, but then I’d just be ranting and rambling and no one wants that! I think Minister Evan Young’s Blog does a beautiful and eloquent job of saying what needs to be said. I am trying, every day, to follow much of what he says. Some days are better than others.
I am not exactly Christian. I am not exactly straight. I am not exactly a Democrat, but definitely NOT a Republican. I am a person, a woman, an American, and I am who I am. You can accept me for who I am or you can leave me alone, but you cannot change me no matter how wrong you think I am. I accept you for who you are, even when and if I totally disagree with everything you may or may not stand for. I don’t see why we can’t all just let each other be. My life doesn’t take away from yours and if you give me a chance, I might just add a little color to your black and white world.