Saturday, December 8, 2012

Getting To Know Myself - Day 2

If you have the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

We have got to stop being so damn cruel to each other. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it is unnecessary and ridiculous to attempt to force them on others. This comment, of course, is focused on one thing, because it's the basis for pretty much all other arguments - religion. If you are happy with your religion, that's fantastic. I just ask you to remember that the United States started because the colonists wanted the freedom to believe in whatever religion they wanted. They even incorporated the separation of church and state. The funny thing, though, is that separation never truly happened. And those who try to keep that separation catch hell from the Christians that believe the government should enforce laws based on religious beliefs. We are bombarded now with hateful billboards, lawsuits, etc.

Did you know that at most schools in the country, you are allowed to wear a cross or a Jewish star necklace, but pentacles and pentagrams are forbidden? Why are some allowed to wear pieces that reflect their religion while others are not?

So here's an easy way to fix this. If it's religious, the government doesn't touch it. No nativity scenes on public property. No more 'In God we Trust' on money. No more 'Under God' in the pledge. If two men or two women want to get married, so be it. In school, either ban all religious symbols altogether, or let everyone wear them.

**I realize that these suggestions would also imply that Christmas should not be celebrated, and cities should not throw tree lighting parties. I'm okay with Christmas, mainly because it's not celebrated correctly anyway. The date Dec 25 was chosen several hundred years ago by a king to join Christians and Pagans  together to celebrate one occasion. Jesus' birth is clearly documented in the bible. Luke 2:8 "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." If you do a simple google search for weather patterns in the Middle East in December, you'll see it was too damn cold for shepherds to be watching their flock in the fields at night. But I could go on and on about how Christmas isn't really a religious holiday (as Christians want it to be.)**

Disclaimer: If you don't like what I have to say, that's fine. You are entitled to your own opinion, just as I am. And if you want to respond to anything I have said, I welcome your comments. However, if you want to comment solely to bash me or my opinions and beliefs, don't. I'll just delete it.

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