I wrote this in retaliation to people attacking my views on religion, and specifically in this instance, gay marriage. Supposed it "pertained" to this site or rather met the criteria. So here it is...

Writing is one of my things, clearly. If you knew me, you'd know that for sure. I often write to express myself. Sure I am opinionated and stubborn. But aren't we all when it comes to our beliefs and our views? If you're not standing up for what you believe in that is not my problem and I do not feel like I should be looked down upon simply because I feel that it is important to do so. Just as much as I would not be against someone else expressing theirs, however if I disapprove...I will say something. That is me, that is how I am and have been for quite sometime, if you do not like that you do not have to read what I have to say.... no one is holding a gun to your head. However I assume that the fact that you are taking the time to read it means you obviously show interest, so lets not be hypocritical by saying that I am "preaching to the choir" especially if you happen to be a member.

I stress my opinions strongly as I am naturally a passionate individual and that is simply just my way of expressing my feelings. I apologize if you disagree with the things I have to say, my intent is not to insult you... but to hopefully open your eyes to another way of thinking. It does not mean that you have to comply, and it certainly does not mean that I would assume that you expect the same of me. Some people do express their emotions based off a faith in something as though they are the accurate depiction of what all people think. I am telling you, that I know there are many who disagree with me, and I am perfectly fine with that. I have no problem in expressing the fact that in many ways I am outnumbered with the way I view this life. Does it matter how I got this way? Not necessarily, and I can guarantee you that my beliefs will not be changing. I do not happen to feel that I base my beliefs off hatred, do I come off argumentative when expressing them? You're damn right I do, because everything in my heart is telling me that this is the right thing for me. I respect those who respect me, this goes on a broad spectrum. I do feel that people throwing "god" in my face, daily, is an insult. As I would assume that if I greeted you with something similar like perhaps "Satan Bless" that you would be equally insulted and probably picket in my lawn or something. I do not care if you believe in god, you have the free will to worship the Loch Ness Monster if you so wish to.

However, I apologize, but I am saddened when I see certain organizations, primarily of Evangelical Christians, who are literally discriminating with hatred in the name of god. I will stand up and say that, to me, that seems highly un-sanctimonious. While I do not understand the many who believe who know nothing of the biblical references in their religion, I cannot blame you with the way society raises nearly everyone without a question. But to consider me hateful and attack me personally is to not know me. I believe in equality and I think that as the human race we should have that right.... and I understand that as Americans we have many rights that other countries do not, but there are also countries who are advanced in realizing that every one of us should be entitled to the same rights. It is also no secret that I completely support the gay community one-hundred percent, and I have been attacked personally for doing so. I myself have been called a lesbian, simply because I do not see under any circumstances why they should not be entitled to the same rights as I, a straight woman, am allowed to have. Am I offended at being called such? No, actually the immaturity is often expected and if I were a lesbian I would probably be twice as active in stressing the importance of a hate free nation. I feel the same way towards racism, which I feel is inappropriate and by now I'd expect it to be beneath us. I would like to think that our society is educated enough to rise above any hatred or discrimination, but it is simply just not the way it is nor will it be for a long time.

I understand that things are not going to change, but that is not going to stop me from thinking that there should be one. I am the type of person who would help out a person I did not know in a time of need, I have no problem donating to charitable organizations and going out of my way to do good in my community. So simply because I do not believe in god does not make me any less of a person. I would give the last of my money to a friend who needed it more than I do, and you're damn right I would give the guy that calls you a "fag" a piece of my mind, if not smack him in the mouth for being tasteless and obviously insecure. Hatred is not the answer, no matter what your excuse is.... and even if there are people out their naive enough to assume that the bible will back up their reasoning, in my eyes, under no circumstances is it ever acceptable.

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2009 at 1:51am
Gay rights are not a big issue in Denmark, the first country to legalise gay partnerships. What makes my piss boil here are all the quacks, "alternatives" and psychics. It's probably the only growth industry at the moment.
Strength of conviction: If you compromise your principles are they still principles?
Comment by Fox Anderson on January 12, 2009 at 2:08pm
Sounds like you and I have a lot in common, I to am an activist for gay rights. I do hate it when people make uninformed comments.

Hope you don't mind a friend request. I would like to talk to you more.
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 11:47am
There is no way around taking flak from deluded, or misled people. something that comes along with denying imaginary friends exist I suppose. Gays are gonna catch it bad because of their alternative lifestyle. I don't know how many times I've tried to explain to STUPID people that one doesn't choose to be gay. Who chooses to get ridiculed, spat on, beat up, and murdered over sex. Its all in who you fancy, nothing more. Its not hard to grasp but it totally blows them away.

I'll keep taking flak and standing up for human rights and honestly the stupid people in my way are just going to have to learn to like it or learn to shut the hell up. Easy concept I think.



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