As a Christian woman I do not believe in gay marriage. Period. But aside from that, why are people being openly penalized for expressing their opinions about this issue? It seems to me that anybody who's against gay marriage is somehow a societal heretic. I don't understand that nor do I agree. We are ALL entitled to our own opinions and my opinions should have no bearing on how you decide to live your life. I may not believe in gay marriage, but I don't judge. That is between you and your creator. Be happy with the decisions you make in your life, but please don't force me to ascribe to them.
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THANK YOU JI. That is truly ALL that I am saying. Don't think I'm judging you because I disagree with you. Live your life, but don't expect me to support those decisions. I honestly appreciate your response, and thank you for the long answer.
Kellysgirl - exactly. I'm sure that Christians think I am judging them because I'm gay, and I disagree with them. I'm not. If we can respectfully disagree then all is well!.
@jonny I would never stop loving my children, regardless of their life choices. But this isn't about self-respect, it's about people being allowed to express their views and/or beliefs without being demonized for doing so.
It's unfortunate that all people don't ascribe to this belief.
I do agree with you. It is when that entitlement causes people to boycott laws and picket businesses that deal exclusively in the matters dealing with choices that affect an individual or family unit and not the rest of society that its an issue.
Dash, I totally agree. Live your life on your own terms. Again, when I express my opinion don't start preparing my tomb. Appreciate that I don't agree and move on.
kellysgirl, I think it helps NOT to care what other people think about your opinions. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree and move on. To each his own. It doesn't matter to me who someone else loves or marry. That's none of my business!
Actually I don't care about what people think about my opinions. I posted the question to spark engagement in an individual's right to believe whatever they choose and not be damned to hell for expressing the same. That's all I'm saying.
I couldn't agree more! The same belief, not advertised and used only in their private lives would not get the negative attention that it gets when its spread. I believe in defending greater good and stopping bad but personal choices are nobody's biz
How my personal beliefs make you feel, is not my concern. I can't process that logic. People are entitled to their own belief systems. Now, when those beliefs infringe upon my right to live my own life, then there's a problem.
I don't need to ask permssion to own my belief system. However, as a writer and as an educator, I am charged with percipitating critical thinking. I want to know what others think. My belief system wont waiver based on a debate.
I would like to see educators charged with channelling young minds to think of how they could improve the marriage that they believe in whether it be gay or straight. At least that is for the greater good and not just passing judgement over others.
I don't think people are as concerned about other people's "opinions" as long as it does not effect their (personal) freedom or choices. Laws are stronger than opinions. It's the law a lot of people want to change not their opinion.
@dashing I wish that were true. But people's opinions are being 'demonized' even when those opinions don't effect personal freedoms. Look at all these celebrities who have to apologize for their beliefs or opinions about the gay community.
kellygirl, It's the same thing with abortion laws. People who are "pro-choice" are called "baby killers" or demonized by the "pro-life" people. There was a time interracial dating/marriage was illegal. Some people still dislike it privately.
And yet, when I can open up my own opinion freely and be ready to change my opinion in the light of new information, if I so wish, surely that can be positive in its effect?