Why?Seriously, why do we all have to argue all the time!? I don't mind healthy, kind, thought-out debate, but what's with all this name-calling and immaturity and downright unkindness? I can't look at any stamp stating any opinion without seeing a bunch of people swearing at each other or being mean or calling each other names in the comments. Look, I have strong convictions and I don't hide them, but I am NEVER going to divert to name-calling or putting other people down because of what they believe. Logical, gentle, productive discussion, that I can do, but not this other crap I see everywhere! Why can't we just be nice to each other? Is it so hard not to call someone an effing idiot just because they don't happen to agree with you? And this goes for Christians and atheists and gays and straights and everyone else alike. C'mon guys, you really think it's going to help someone come over to your side or even respect your opinion if you are being illogical or immature orMore Like This
A Life With and Without GodI always grew up in a Christian home. My mom practically raised me on her own until she married my step dad. My parents divorced when I was only 2. When my mom remarried, I was 5 years old. My mom was pregnant with my little sister at the time, and I was adjusting to having a new dad when we moved into some apartments across town from where I lived before. Being a shy 5 year old, I didn't have many friends, and I wasn't sure how to make any. There was a park literally feet from the new home I had with my mom and new dad. I often played alone near the large tires while other kids played on the structure made of wood. I don't remember how it happened but this place would bring bad memories to me for years. I know it started soon after I moved in. I was only 5 years old, still very innocent minded, when some older kids asked me if I wanted to play with them. Of course I agreed thinking 'Older kids wanna play with me?! COOL!' In those old monster truck tires was where I wasMore Like This
Is the United States a Christian nation?It's July 4th and I felt I had to do something special for today. I was thinking to do artwork for about a month before, but wasn't sure how to present it properly. One drawing or several drawings. Maybe a collage. Then I thought a journal entry would be more effective. They seem to get more views anyways.More Like This
As I read through U.S. history and it's culture and understand them the past few years, and have been going to Church, I have questioned the U.S. being a Christian nation like most Christians seem to think. That it was founded as one though the founding fathers and that they were Christians, though I have read from some people that most were really Deists. That Thomas Paine didn't approve of Christians and that Thomas Jefferson choose to remove sections of his Bible that told of Jesus divinity. And then there's the Treaty of Tripoli, which has the quote:
"The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion." George Washington.
SR: Gay Marriage in IllinoisSo the House here in Illinois just passed (61-54) Senate Bill 10 which legalizes 'gay marriage.' The flood of Facebook messages: "Finally" and "I'm so happy" and "#equality." Politicians coming out as gay, companies contorting their image so as to appear inclusive, and anyone who would dare oppose something such as gay marriage are hit with salvo after salvo of "equal protection under the law" and "human/civil rights."More Like This
In all the breakdown of certain values, such as "marriage is not a natural institution" and "marriage is not sacred" among other things lawmakers and individuals alike have decided that the former view of marriage is limiting and prejudiced. Regardless of what you believe I imagine any thoughtful reflection on the whole situation reveals a rather odd phenomenon.
Whereas it seems that everything that was once held as common-sense and true is now irrational and false, the invocation of a universal truth has taken form, not of God or of nature, but of the Constitution.
How A Christian Feels About HomosexualsThere is a very big assumption that has been going around for the past few years, and that is, "If you don't support gay/lesbian couples, you are backwards-thinking, unreasonable and cruel." (Maybe some of you will fight against this shallow thinking in the comments by not only understanding homosexuals, but also understanding Christians?) I hope that this thinking will change overtime, because if homosexuals have a right to voice their beliefs, don't heterosexuals also have a right?More Like This
I don't support the choice homosexuals have made for their lives, but that doesn't mean I hate them. In fact, I actually have a few friends who are bisexual/homosexual.
Now, I do know that there are a few churches who have done very nasty things in protest of gay marriage, but there have also been a few groups of homosexuals who have done equally unreasonable things to "fight back" at these churches. But is it fair to judge the majority of all churches and all C
The Convenience of EqualityMore Like This
The topic of marriage is no stranger to Americans in recent weeks. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional because it failed to offer homosexuals “equal protection under the law” and that the purpose of DOMA is to “humiliate” and “injure” homosexuals who seek marriage.
No doubt a number of individuals celebrated the ruling, happy, perhaps, to see the archaic edifice of ‘traditional’ marriage burn and establish a sleek and modern “marriage” in its place. Many rejoiced at the new building, but many of us looked on and asked to see the building plans.
Arguments for “marriage equality” are many times the product of convenient reasoning. The typical strain of equality reasoning usually goes along the lines of this: We can’t expect everyone to go by one definition of marriage, nor should the government force one view over the other. Moreover, th