Can someone please explain this to me like I am a four year old? America is a country founded and based on freedom, correct? A rag tag bunch of colonialist fled the confines of Great Britain and crossed the Atlantic so they could practice their faith. Then in 1787, a bunch of white guys way smarter than me put together a list of rules for this new land. The Constitution with its Bill of Rights and other Amendments are supposed to help America and Americans keep their freedoms. So again, I ask you, can you please explain this to me like I am a four year old? What the hell is going on in America right now?!
I just finished watching the HBO Film about Dr. Kevorkian. (starring Al Pachino redeeming himself as an actor, finally) The entire time I was watching it, one thought kept running through my head: Damn. I am so glad I am not Catholic. I DO NOT understand, and I will NEVER understand, why one persons personal decisions have any bearing at all on someone else. If someone is dying and decides that they want to end their life – why should you care? And why should your reason be GOD? Why, if two gay people want to get married, is it any of your dammed business? And why is your reason for stopping them GOD? And why oh why, if a woman wants to terminate her own pregnancy in her OWN body is it any of your damn business? And why is your reason for telling her she can’t GOD?
For a country founded on the idea of freedom, we certainly do not tolerate it or grant it to just anyone. It seems in America you have the freedom to be a Christian. If you do not choose to exercise your right to be a christian, we will limit your other freedoms on grounds of fear. We will also use Christianity as an excuse to tell all Americans how to live. Sure, you can chose your religion – be it Muslim, Buddhist or Jew – but be warned, if you chose a religion other than christian we will use it against you. The christian god will be used to back any cause we see fit.
The Catholic church can abuse people, children and power all they want, but two men cannot marry each other? Does this make any fucking sense to anyone?
My frustration over this type of American attitude is growing into anger. How dare anyone shout Bible verses at someone for any reason. How dare someone tell another person that THEIR god hates them. It is against everything that America REALLY stands for. We are supposed to be a nation that accepts people from everywhere. We are supposed to be a melting pot of nations, colors and ideas. But right here in 2010, I just don’t see it. I am an embarrassed American when I see that my gay friends cannot get married. I am an embarrassed American when I hear people say “Go back where you came from! Build a fence!”. I am an embarrassed American when I see that women across country are being told they cannot have abortions because of someone else’s idea of god.
I want America to be what it promises – a place of freedom. That means building a mosque near the ground zero site in New York. That means not hating Muslims, or gays, or anyone else who’s religion or personal appearance happens to offend your delicate sensibilities. Let’s show the world that we are indeed a generous, accepting people – no matter what Sarah Palin says.