Thursday, June 27, 2013

I believe differently than you

     There are several reasons that I blog. Sometimes it is to record a memory . Other times it is to share my life. Still other times it is to vent. After all, it is my blog and I can say what I want to. I often share the link to my words on Facebook since I have more Facebook friends than blog followers.You have been put on notice : this post is a vent / rant . I may lose some friends over this one. You know what ? I really don't care. After all, this is my blog and I can say what I want to.
     Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down a few rulings regarding same sex marriage. Within hours I was seeing posts that included words such as love, hate, respect, compassion, judgemental, and rights.I do NOT support same sex marriage and apparently that automatically makes me a hateful, judgemental bigot incapable of respect, love, and compassion. That's funny because I thought that just made me simply a person who thinks / believes differently than someone who does support same sex marriage. I am the queen of multitasking. I can disagree with someone and love them, show compassion for them, and treat them with respect all at the same time. The fact that I have been married for 17 years is proof of that.So for all of the supporters of same sex marriage out there, this one is for you.
     I believe differently than you. You have fought for your "right" to believe as you do and this is me fighting for mine. I still love you. I do not consume alcoholic beverages but I am fully capable of loving , having compassion for, and showing respect for some one who chooses to. I love bacon but I am fully capable of loving, having compassion for, and showing respect for vegetarians. Secretly I am probably gonna think you are crazy for not eating bacon but I promise not to shout that from the rooftops. Point is, I am capable of disagreeing with how you live your life and still able to love you, have compassion for you, and treat you with respect. I simply believe differently than you do. How does that make ME the bad guy? And that really is a rhetorical question because I know the answer is going to come down to "rights".
     So, lets go there. I have come to despise the word "rights". Because we live in the "land of the free", everyone has this idea that they have all these "rights". Why? Because of this piece of paper called the Constitution. Newsflash: These "rights" were thought of and penned by men . They have been amended and infringed upon by men over the years to suit the thoughts of the majority. We have come to believe that we have certain "guaranteed ( and I use that term loosely) rights". Guess what ? The moment I was born, I was given the right to breathe as long as God chooses to allow me to. When HE chooses to take that right away, I cease to breathe and therefore I die. That is really truly the one and only right that we as human beings have and we have no control of it.
     This is not me trying to change your position nor am I going to change mine. I believe differently than you. So if you think that automatically makes me a hateful bigot, then who is the one really being judgemental here? I believe differently than you. I didn't call you names. So then who is the one really being hateful here?I believe differently than you. If you can't love me, have compassion for me, and treat me with respect for that reason, delete me. The end.