Hey Clarke: whether you believe you are accountable to a higher power or not, we all still live here on earth with one another. If you'd take another look at that book you seem to be quite familiar with, you'd notice all the things you missed about love and forgiveness among each other (even your enemies). Sometimes Jesus christ superstar overshadows a great mind ahead of his time (and perhaps ahead of ours), and his ideas and intent get lost in spiritual nonsense and supernatural pointlessness. One's repentance and track record here on earth is their and god's concern and theirs alone, and has no substance among us. When that time comes we'll all find out the big secret and we won't have too much concern for whatever the rest of you have going on back here; where we all live; together. Read your book again and instead of highlighting all the passages about homosexuals, sodomites, and abominations, note some of the ones like: turning the other cheek, feeding the hungry, and loving your neighbor. The question is, is it a book about how to live or how to die?
Judgement is hate's annoying little sister. The blame is placed on those who judge and speak hate. I don't know what religion or wisdom tradition you follow, but the concept of free will is integral in most, especially western Christianity. The entire idea of sinning and repentance is based on man's free will to choose. You cannot discredit meanings of words in language just because it sounds good while preaching. A free agent? I will agree with you that some blame others in lieu of the guilt they feel from their own sins of judgment and hate. Becoming a better Christian and feeling closer to god is about love and connections. Christianity is founded on the concept of unconditional love, and if so-called "Christians" actually followed the teachings and learned from the bible instead of using out-of-context passages to justify hate and prejudice, we wouldn't have nearly as much "controversy." thanks for letting us all know what you think is normal too by the way. I'm sure in your little judgmental corner of the world, normal is exactly as you see it and natural is what you know. As far as I can tell, each of us is only one of 7 billion people on this rock, so normal is relative. I've seen things that are taboo in one place and the norm in others so I couldnt image the things I haven't; and as for natural, when we've figured out everything that functions on a natural level (plate tectonics and earthquakes, electromagnetic fields, paranormal occurrences, dark matter, gravity, etc), maybe then we can try our best at labeling what's "unnatural." One last question: If humans didn't have free will and Satan causes us to act in a certain way, how is there any ability to denounce his influence and follow god's path? The entire definition of free will is the ability to decide and choose for oneself. Believing in a religion is not an excuse to not think or be accountable.
Advocates of homosexuality are not projecting hate, they only hate the haters. The entire purpose behind the advocacy is about inclusion, acceptance, and equality, something you would think Christians would be familiar with. No, they ignore the entire new testament and the teachings that founded the religion itself and focus on one passage to justify individual prejudice. You cannot blame the advocates for hating anyone since they aren't the ones continuously practicing a religion that preaches love, equality, and forgiveness. If Christians want to hide behind religion to inhibit the lives and rights of others, than they shall be held highly accountable for all their prejudices.
Neither route seems viable or safe. I think it's the countys responsibility to provide safe routes for bicycles all over the city and surrounding areas. It's time to move away from car-centric civil engineering and realize people have and use alternate transportation. The fact that this article suggests a longer route that isn't any safer shows how little anything but a car is not considered in roadway design. Essential, but certainly not practical, would be a designated pedestrian lane on both bridges like we have on the Ravenel.
It's sad that someone so young, intelligent, and ambitious can have such prejudice. With things like the personhood amendment in MS, a top tier presidential candidate claiming the country's biggest problem is homosexuality, the Lowes scandal surrounding a reality show about an American Muslim family, and now this, sometimes I feel like this country is moving backwards. There are several countries around the world that put homosexual and transgendered citizens to death. Capital punishment not for beliefs, but physical identity. What would you say to someone if they told you that your feet were too big and to make them smaller, or that the color you liked was wrong? We live an age of information, and yet we are more ignorant than ever. Research and networking are accessed at least on an hourly basis in the palm of our hands and we still only see what we want to. A Y chromosome and social gender identity are not the same thing; one is biological while the other varies by society within nations across the world. One thing I've always noticed about European youth is that social differences don't not have as much of a lasting impact as Americans because they live in much closer proximity to a much greater diversity of people. Maybe one day America will too realize it really isn't so important anymore to recognize differences, but recognize that we are all human and we are all trying to move in a positive direction.
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