My thoughts on the situation... - The Void: Mind Wanderings of a Lost Soul
My thoughts on the situation...
Religion is a terrible thing to argue about. People start talking civilly but in the end it becomes a pissing match. Right now, someone that I respect for her beliefs (may not agree with or share, but do respect) and personally enjoy is unwittingly the center of a pissing match. The latest one began with a little fire that has blown into a torrid blaze. I am kicking myself for even responding to it, but I felt that there needed to be a point of clarity in that mess. I understand that the whole point is hypocracy. I agree with that, based on my own history and past studying Catholism. My opinion is an educated one that understands the root. But so what? I still like her, I've known from the beginning how she felt, and I don't care. I find her a beautiful human that has her flaws like everyone else. I enjoy her, and will not let our differences in belief sully actually learning the world through her experience. The part that is bothering me the most about what is happening is the way a lot of reason has left the discussion. Why is it that disagreements about religious beliefs of faith always turn into personal attacks? Is it because everyone is so passionate about their side? And secondly, I'm all for not allowing people to be continually oppressed or treated unfairly and speaking out against it, but we do have to realize that both sides of the gay issues are doing what they feel is right. So to personally attack the person on the other side who disagrees with us is not going to lead anywhere productive. No one wins!

I would love to see a lot more understanding take place from everyone. A lynch mob is never going to solve anything. Those on the side that homosexuality is wrong feel that they would be turning their back on how they interpret God's law if they allowed homosexuality. Those on the side that homosexuality is right feel that they are being inhumanly repressed from their essential natures and basic human rights if the other side continues. Both are affected by the issue and both feel divinely led in their belief and sense of rightness. Do we know the truth? Both sides say "yes, our side" but in all honesty, no one really knows. We are not going to get anywhere then by attacking the other. We can hope that our side wins through statistics, time, and irrefutable proof, but only time will tell.

I believe that the issue this all started on has been forgotten. Should one actually come back to the root of it all, you will all see that it's a small thing, which though you may personally not understand, dislike, not agree with or vice versa, is but a small thing that matters very little to your cause or self. One person believing one way is not going to end your world. Everyone....just respect her right to feel and believe that way. Promise yourself to change it, dislike that it's out there, tell her that you disagree and why, but don't badger her, insult her, or try to tear her down to make yourself feel better. Stop taking all of this so personally and seriously. It's one person, one belief, one tiny aspect of a genre that you love. I don't want you to close your eyes, pretend it never happen, turn a blind eye to intolerance, but at least try to change the world in a more civil manner.

That's my rant, my opinion, my thoughts. No point in debating the issue with me, as this is how I feel and I am not looking to change that. I do want to express my dislike that its I told her before, I may not agree with you, and you may feel that how I live my life is wrong in some ways, but I still like you and respect you for many reasons. First, I respect that you have belief, which in itself is becoming rare to find a person that believes in something more than themselves. Second, I like so many other truly honorable and positive things about you. Don't let this all get you down. For many people, you remain a beautiful person and as for the others, they aren't against you really, they are against the issue. *hugs*

Feeling: contemplative contemplative

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devvie From: devvie Date: February 28th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm always surprised at how closed minded "religious" people can be. People assume a lot of different things about me when I say I'm Catholic. My sister-in-law is also Catholic but she and I can't be any more different then we are. I've mentioned the fact that we aren't supposed to judge but she said that was bullshit..I think a lot of the problem with religion is that it is used as a weapon...or sometimes just misunderstood on the congregants me God is loving and I really don't think he wants me judging anyone...that's my opinion. :D
emaleythe From: emaleythe Date: February 28th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love you *hugs*
willdirect4food From: willdirect4food Date: March 1st, 2005 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
me God is loving and I really don't think he wants me judging anyone

From: seekingautumn Date: February 28th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends;
Succeed anyway.

If you are frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway,

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa
devvie From: devvie Date: February 28th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
WOW...I loved that post...sorry to just jump in with an opinion on somebody elses friends page..but that was wonderful.
emaleythe From: emaleythe Date: February 28th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
once again I am put to shame by those whose words say it more eloquently than mine. Thank, Ms. Danu, that was perfectly put.
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