Sunday, July 19, 2015

I'm tired of this insanity

So, I've always been a huge fan of Jerry Seinfeld. But this little link will show you what made him my hero:

Martin Luther King had a dream in which in America people wouldn't be judged by the color of their skin, but by their character.
We are so far from this dream. 
We label people in America and we judge them based on that. Some labels are better than others. 
We vote someone in bc of the color of their skin or their sex, not bc of their character. 
We punish people for having different different religious beliefs, political beliefs by socially destroying them. People are persecuted for speaking their minds if their beliefs are not the popular ones or if they are not part of the protected labels.

That's insanity - especially in a country with a bill of rights like the one we have. There's something wrong.
When it's okay to say "I don't want to be a man anymore, and I don't care what anyone says" but it's not okay to say "I don't want to bake you this cake, even though I respect you" based on one's religious beliefs, there's something wrong. 

When people are forced into apologizing publicly simply for speaking their minds on a controversial issue, there's something wrong. 

When people are considered hateful simply for having a moral code, there's something wrong with our country. 

When comedians can make jokes about certain kinds of people but are shamed into not making jokes about other kinds, there's something wrong with our country. 

When people lose their jobs, their contracts, their popularity simply for holding an unpopular opinion, there's something very wrong with our country. 

When you can stand up for your sex change but not for your religious beliefs, there's something wrong with our country. 

Yes, I am referring specifically to many of the stories I have read on the media lately. But this doesn't happen only to famous people. We, everyday regular regular people are also terrified of saying anything out loud, aren't we? God forbid our bosses might find out, and they happen to have a different belief system. 
And, yes, I am speaking from the point of view of a conservative and a Christian, bc, today in America, my personal beliefs are currently the unpopular ones. And I'm tired of seeing people who believe like me or slightly similar to me be slammed by the media and the larger public, have to have almost a secret code in their neighborhood or workplace so they won't be found and ostracized. 

However, it really doesn't matter if you are conservative or liberal, Christian or atheist, gay or straight. Anytime anyone  is persecuted for daring to be themselves, or speak their minds, it shows there's something wrong with us as a society. If we can't live together, knowing that we are different and respecting those differences, we are going to die alone.

I'm tired of this insanity where some people are more protected than other people. And if you happen to have an unpopular view, instead of being able to speak your mind in an honest debate, you are shamed into silence. Because, you know, if you say certain things, you might offend someone. And if you offend someone, there's nothing left to you but social ostracism. There isn't the slightest chance that you might have a perfectly good reason to think the way you do. You should be just a social outcast. Period. Pay the price. 

So here are the some of the stories that inspired this post. Just some of them ... but also remember the journalist that tweeted a racist joke concerning Ebola and Africa, the bakers who had to close down because they refused to bake a cake, the comedian who made a joke about (I think) Jenner, and all the heat Tebow got.

on not being to thrilled about Jenner:

on justices who took a stand against gay marriage: 

some muslim player punished for praying

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