What was that? That loud clanking sound?... oh that was nothing, it was just my filter it fell off and hit the floor. Seriously, does the above photo look like "Tolerance" to you?
No one really wants to talk about it, but enough is enough. The gloves are off and the Greek Girl has had it. Has anyone else noticed that there is an all out assault on Christianity in the United States? It's OK for everyone else to be whatever he or she desires to be: Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, Wiccan, gay, bi-sexual, LGBT, or anything else I forgot to mention - and we must not ever offend or make any of those people uncomfortable ever. Because that would be just plain wrong, wound't it? But those Christians, now they really have a lot of nerve don't they to expect the "exact same" freedom and respect to express their beliefs and to worship and among other things run their lives and businesses as they chose.
We have a word for this in the Greek language people it is called, Hypocrisy.
We have this amazing thing in the United States, it is called "The Constitution". You know, it's a document that is over two hundred years old. It was laid out for us as a guide by our Founding Father's. Let's examine the First Amendment shall we?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In case anyone needs a refresher course about the Pilgrims and why they risked life and limb to travel to the "New World", it was not to escape Religion. It was Freedom OF Religion, not Freedom "From" Religion. Many people have this misunderstanding that it was Freedom "From" Religion. It was in fact, for the Freedom to practice their Religion the way they chose to. The Freedom to be Protestant, Methodist, etc. The Freedom to practice something other than the "State Run" Religion that was the law of the land in England. The idea was to not have a "Government Run Religion". That was the whole point of separation of Church and State... Not to have a country without God, as many would like to have it nowadays.
Yet here we are hundreds of years later after good men and women fought and died for our Liberty and Freedom and now we have a Government telling us we can not offend anyone by being Christian. They took God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, and want to strip God from every public building. That everyone needs to be free to be whatever they want, as long as that is not "Christian". Because we Christians are offending people. I find it ironic that we have Muslims coming here using our own laws against us, they are free to worship, establish mosques, get onto our social programs, and yet we "Christians" can not even live according to our faith because it might offend them or someone else.
Last time I checked, if any person enters a Muslim country with so much as a cross or a bible in their possession they will be tossed into jail, beaten, stoned, and or much worse things I don't care to list here but you get where I'm going. But gee willikers if we Christians "offend" any Muslims here in our own country. That would be so wrong...
I'm pretty sure the Founding Father's goal of Freedom of Religion was not meant to give people the right to practice a religion that tortures women, children, and animals among other things. Peaceful Religion my behind. A religion that offers a reward of being able to have 72 Virgins in heaven (which by the way having relations with a virgin can be a harsh act in and of its self, yet it's not just one, but 72 virgins no less), a religion that stones people, cuts off limbs for stealing, allows and encourages arranged marriages of children as young as 1 year old and those marriages to be consummated by the age of 9, and gasp... even condemns homosexuality to the point of even killing them.
So where is the outrage from the LGBT community towards Muslims? Why aren't they up in arms demanding that Muslim owned businesses be boycotted? Why aren't they accusing them of hate, and hate speech? Just because there are no interview's dominating the news with a quote from a Muslim owned business owner does not change their position on homosexuality.
Tolerance - it's a simple enough idea. I mean really who could argue with the whole "say la vie" mentality? Live and let live in peace, and respect the beliefs of others. Yet somewhere along the way in our society the whole idea has become really kajumpled.
Who could miss all the controversy that's been swirling around the word lately? Unless of course you're one of the millions of people who keep track of just the "important stuff", you know like everything about The Kardashian's, and yet have no idea who their local Senator is... (inside voice: the thought that these people are voting is frightening, really... but thats a rant for another day). There's been lots of talk about Freedom of Speech, and tolerance. Well in order to get some perspective about this whole fiasco lets take it back to the classroom shall we? Tolerance according to the Merriam Webster dictionary means:
Tol·er·ance [tol-er-uhns] noun
2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.
3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc.,foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
So I just have one question, where's the tolerance? A man stated his personal beliefs in an interview. He stated his own personal views about the whole Gay Marriage issue. No where in his statement did he say that he hated gays, that he didn't want gay people to eat there, or anything else that could be considered hateful. What he stated was his personal belief and according to his faith that "Marriage" is between one man and one woman. He went onto further express that when we as a society start to think we know better than God it is a slippery slope. Marriage by the way is a "biblical" term. Why gay people demand that a religion that clearly states what they are doing and how they are living is against it's practices, why they demand that religions "term" be used to describe their lifestyle makes no sense in my noggin.
How is it tolerant to start a great big fat muckery sandwich in the media over a company that is free to run it's business however it choses, and to express their faith? Because according to The Constitution Chick-fil-a is free to do just that.
If we all have to be tolerant of everyone else's beliefs, then you know what, everyone else better get used to Christian's being able to express their own beliefs as well. Because it goes both ways people, it goes both ways. All right, Greek Girl is coming down off of my soapbox, and going to attempt to re-insert my filter.... Signing off until next time.
Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava :) xox
Ava :) xox