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I love being an American. I thank God that I was born here. I believe whole heartedly that it is a blessing and a privilege. But lately I’ve been brokenhearted about the political climate in our country. There is so much push and pull and not enough give. It seems that everyone has lost the meaning of the word compromise. I feel like the spirit of the people that united and formed this country is waning. It makes me weary.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence
Our country was founded on the idea of freedom for all people. ALL. That means no matter the color of your skin, your gender, your age, your sexual orientation, your religion… you are not only free, but you are also granted the right to life and the pursuit of happiness.
I don’t know about you, but part of happiness for me is being allowed to follow my heart and have a family of my choosing. I get to do that. Unfortunately not everyone is being allowed this right. That hurts my soul.
Right after America won the revolution our forefathers drafted and signed the Constitution. As soon as that was done they added the Bill of Rights, and the very first amendment was the freedom of speech, press, religion and petition. They did that because they never wanted any of the citizens of this country to be submitted to ANY form of religious persecution like they had experienced in Europe.
Persecution [pur-si-kyoo-shuhn] – a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race or beliefs.
That is exactly what we are allowing to happen to homosexual Americans in our country right now. We are allowing a group of people in our country to force their religious beliefs on other citizens. It is wrong. Period. No ifs, ands or buts. Just wrong.
If you believe homosexuality is a sin then preach against it, teach against, march against, hand out pamphlets against it, carry picket signs against it, shout it from the rooftops, put a bumper sticker on your car, tell every single person you ever meet, get a shirt with a “no gays” emblem on it, post it as your Facebook status, tweet it every single day… because you have that right. What you don’t have the right to do is limit another person’s rights because of that belief.
In actuality, this really isn’t about your religious beliefs. Believe whatever you want. You have that right whether you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, Atheist… or whatever other religion (or non-religion) you choose.
But what you don’t have is the right to force those beliefs on others by passing laws that limit their rights. Even the right to get married. It is un-American and unpatriotic to think anything else.
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