Monday, May 21, 2012

Some thoughts on homophobia and using religion to promote hate.

I have been debating about writing this for quite sometime now. But after reading something about Nick Cannon refusing to hug a gay contestant, then I thought that I have to state my opinion on the whole gay "issue". First and foremost, this post is not about gay marriage. Whether you are for it or not, it shouldn't matter with this post. This post is about hate. Hate towards gays that is mostly from the "Christian community". So-called Christians who believe all gays are going to hell and that they are an abomination to God. Well, let me put something in perspective for everyone. No sin is greater than the other. All sins are equally wrong in the eyes of God. With that being said, how many of you that hate gays, have had sex BEFORE marriage?????? If you have, then you have commited a sin just as equal as gay sex. Congratulations. Because as far as your logic goes, you are also an abomination. From what I hear a lot, people like to think that the Catholic Church hates gays. No, they don't. The Catholic Church hates sin. All sin. From anyone. But I have noticed in the Protestant/Evangelical community that they just don't hate sin, they hate the very existence of gays. But as far as religions go, Islam is the worst. They hang anyone accused of being gay. Here in the U.S., we have laws against that, thank God. But I am sure that there are a lot of religious people of all demoninations who would jump at making a law similar to Muslim countries. When did we as a society tolerate hate towards people for what they choose to do in their own bedrooms? If someone is gay, then let them be gay. It is their business, not yours. But let me also say some things about the gay community. As a whole, they spend too much time fighting for marriage rights when their own people are being executed in other countries for simply existing. And yet there are no rallies or marches for them. The gays in this country, as a whole, are silent. It is tragic. Everyone wants to hate people for who they are and yet excuse their own behavior which is equally worse in the eyes of God. I don't think God hates gays. I think what God hates, are people telling others how to live and what to think and put His name in the middle of it. I think what He hates the most, are people who use His name to promote hate towards others. This is where are society has gone wrong. Its ok to have morals. Its ok to be against gay marriage or gay sex. It is your free will to do so and to believe what you want. But it is not ok to incite hatred or violence against people because of who they love. Do you really think God is looking down smiling at people hanging a gay man? Or at people protesting soldiers funerals? Hell no. He's not smiling at all. I believe he is disgusted. Disgusted at what we all have become. Disgusted at our apathy towards one another. I personally believe that gays are just like everyone else: human. They deserve kindness and respect just like everyone else. You can disagree with them and how they live, just as you can disagree with how others live their lives. But please, stop the hatred towards them. In the End, we will all be judged. Not just for what we have done, but for what we have also done to others. Think about that.

"To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater." ~ Bono

"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own." ~ Paulo Coelho

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Scripture of the Day

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Quote of the Day

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Plato

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Crucible vs. McCarthyism: A Comparison/Contrast Essay.

The following essay is from my Junior year of high school that I wrote in American Literature/English class in 2002. I found it today while packing more stuff.

In history there have been many major events that have shaped the times we live in. Two of the major events of our time are the "witchunts" of the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. In these two events there are many similarities like the anger and fear that went on, but however, there is a lot of contrast between the two, such as the consequences. Because of these rich and controversial topics, Arthur Miller wrote his play, The Crucible, which demonstrates all of these issues. He wrote it also so that we would learn and grow from the past, instead of ignoringly repeating it.

The first way both of these events have similarities is by anger. There was a lot of anger among the people of this time. During the Salem Witch Trials, Abby hates Elizabeth Proctor and the wife of the man that she loves, which then results in Abby accusing Elizabeth of practicing witchcraft and communicating with the devil. In McCarthyism, anger is shown when Joseph McCarthy accuses people of being communists. Anyone who expressed their freedom of speech was labeled a communist just because people accused them of being one. There was so much anger in this time that people let it consume them and take over.

The second way the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism are similar is that they both were fueled by fear. The Salem Witch Trials were fueled by fear because no one wanted to be punished or killed. When Abby started accusing people of being witches or communicating with the devil, everyone started getting scared that she would accuse them. A lot of people were afraid to do activities and things that they might normally do all the time because they were afraid of being accused. McCarthyism was fueled by the fear of nuclear war. Communists snuck into America from the Soviet Union to spy on the U.S. america and the Soviet Union were on the verge of a nuclear war, so McCarthy instilled fear in everyone because no one had any idea who was a communist. He made everyone afraid to trust people, and they were afraid that they would be accused themselves.

There is one major difference between the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. During the Salem Witch Trials, the people that were accused and denied that they had anything to do with evil, were hanged. However, in McCarthyism, no one was killed for being accused of being a communist. Most of them came out with a bad reputation whether or not they denied it. Another difference is that the Salem Witch Trials occured in the 1600's. People first accused "outsiders" of being witches and practicing evil because they were different. Some people were not used to some of the things different people did so they automatically figured they were associated with the devil. In McCarthyism, people first accused "insiders", people that were in the entertainment business that had connections and that knew a lot of people. So those people were named communists because they were part of a really huge and international industry. Another difference is that McCarthyism happened in the 1950's. A whole different time from when the Salem Witch Trials occured.

The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism were very complex events in our time. The fear, anger and differences were very important in both events. Arthur Miller wrote the play, The Crucible, so that people could learn from them. As a result of these events, Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, became a very important play on the American stage.

* I was 16 when I wrote this. That was almost 10 years ago.*

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The River Of Dreams

Watch "Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams" on YouTube.  Billy Joel is one of my favorite artists. And his song, The River of Dreams, is one of my all-time favorite songs. This song makes me realize that we all can live our dreams. We all dream. Probably more than we think. Dreaming doesn't end when we wake up, we dream throught the day. We dream of what has been, what is going on in the present, and also of what will come. We can't control our dreams. But we can control what we make of them. And we can control if and how we achieve them. My dream is to become a journalist and travel the world telling the stories of people that have no voice. To some, it is nothing more than a dream. To me, its not just a dream. It is a dream that will become a reality one day. It might take me a long while to achieve it, but I will. And anyone else can achieve their dreams as well. We all float down the river of dreams, the question is this: will you continue floating down and achieve your dreams, or will you let negativity from others drown you in that river? Sometimes, it seems like our dreams will never be. I have days like that a lot. But we have to remember that our dreams can come true. If we let them. Just a thought for today. Have a blessed day everyone. Peace be with you all.

Scripture of the Day

Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Baby #2

I havent written in quite awhile. Of course,  life is busy with a 4 year old. And now,  I find myself going through the process again. I am ...