Consider how hard it is to change YOURSELF, and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. ~Jacob M. Braude
Many years ago, sometime during my mid 20’s, I am now 43, so it seems like forever ago; I needed a place to live, I was moving yet again. Friends of my Mom, a Southern Baptist Preacher and his Wife, had a rental house available directly behind their home. It was perfect, well maybe not perfect, more like, I didn’t have to wait to move in and the rent was cheap.
I gave little thought; I was thoughtful like that during my 20′s. I gave no thought to what it might be like living directly behind, on the same property, got to use the same driveway, which, gave new meaning to drive by, and the potential of seeing Mr. and Mrs. Preacher Man every day, yet, I concluded that it was, indeed, a good idea.
Why not? Well, let me tell you why not, it wasn’t conducive to the type of lifestyle I was living. I was full of self-will, selfishness and partied… a lot!
After living there for a while, I began to feel uncomfortable, not because of them, they were kind, available yet quiet; it was me… all me! I was painfully aware of my short-comings; therefore, it was time to do something different.
Something different, as in, change… change locations that is!
You didn’t think I was going to say change myself, did you?
Nope wasn’t ready…
Believing hellfire and brimstone, I was fairly certain, God did not approve of my behavior, therefore, he was going to open up the heavens and throw lightning rods at me. It was time to move.
Little did I know behind the [life] scenes were a little something, something being conjured up; staying there for just a short time, receiving a valuable lesson and an unforgettable gift and contrary to what I thought… it did not include lightning… a burning bush maybe, but no lightning.
Living the way I did falling lightning rods seemed more than plausible. It was time to vacate and set up residency somewhere else. Some call it geographical fix.
Years later, I would reflect over my time there and realize that Mr. and Mrs. Preacher Man gave me something no one else had ever given me; the gift of sureness.
They were the first to show me that people are capable of having principles and living by them. They always said what they meant, meant what they said and said it kind. They were honest, consistent and trustworthy. They never once apologized for their lifestyle. It was as if they were comfortable in their own skin… ah, can you imagine?
I am today; comfortable and content being me… it was one of those life experiences that seemed painful, yet turned out to be one that I am forever grateful to have experienced!
I’m older now; sober, working at unsubscribing to old ideas and living differently than I once did. I am not so closed-minded, as I once was. I may not agree with or even believe in the same things as those that are “religious” or different than me, but experience has taught me that I can stand firm in my beliefs, while about others for their beliefs and not exhaust myself trying to prove my way is right or better.
I began reflecting on my past religious experiences and thinking about the current debate now going on about religious freedoms and same-sex marriage, and it got me to wondering, which, normally prompts me to read, discuss my thoughts… oh, and have I mentioned I’m opinionated?
If you haven’t, read the following at your own risk. Not to mention, I am probably taking the less politically correct, likeable view… one arrived at after processing information, reading and discussing with others.
I heard on the radio, read on the internet and saw it on the news; people planning protests, celebrities speaking out, some companies and politicians speaking against CFA’s, which, at first, it personally made me want to hurl… I am a colossal supporter of freedom; I am neither religious nor lesbian, but I am an American, and I support a persons right (PERIOD), including religious freedoms, as well as, same-sex marriages. Why would I want an opinion on who some one else wants to marry or their religious preference?
I’ll be honest, at first, I felt conflicted, because I am a HUGE believer in Freedom… if, someone wants to get married, as long as, it isn’t uncle trying to marry his sisters kid, I say leave it up to the people involved and a Church.
I am normally in favor of choice, which, is why I believe Chick Fil A has a right to choose how their money is spent… the donations were made by Chick Fil A; a privately held company, donations were not made illegally and they are being very up front.
If people are offended by and no longer want to do business with Chick Fil A, or any other business for that matter, it is their right and quite frankly none of my business. Although, it does bother me as a citizen of the US that Chick Fil A is singled out.
Mayor of Boston sends Letter to Chick Fil A |I'm curious did the Mayor of Boston…
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I find the “Boston Mayor” letter incredibly preposterous… I wonder if he is aware that there are at least three Shell Gas Stations in Boston. Do you know where Shell Oil and other Oil companies buy Oil from? OPEC. Are you familiar with what they do in the middle east if you are gay? Yet, the Mayor of Boston seems to welcome Shell Oil, but has a problem with Chick Fil A. If preventing or suggesting establishments are not welcome to set up shop in your State; I am curious, is that all companies or just Chick Fil A?
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I am not upset over people expressing their right to boycott and tell others of their own personal stance; I would like the same in return, but I’ll tell you, I am upset over politicians, celebrities and people stirring up a shit storm…
Why are they not doing the same over oil companies that buy from OPEC, why aren’t they suggesting that we boycott companies that buy foreign oil? Do you know what happens in the countries that founded OPEC, if you are “found guilty of being gay”? You are put to DEATH, or you get TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED lashes and imprisonment! Yes, you read that right…
LGBT Rights are unrecognized…
http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Homosexuals#Main_Page |Nine young Saudi men are each sentenced to at least 2,400 lashes and at least five years in prison for “deviant sexual behavior.
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Are you familiar with the bazillions (give or take a few) discrimination lawsuits against Wal-Mart? The largest civil action suit filed by women against the GIANT and The Supreme ruled that basically Wal-Mart is too big… too big! Not to mention, all the other law suits and settlements against them. Sigh!
What about Nike?
What about Sears?
What about Taco Bell?
WalMart: Walmart Gender Discrimination Lawsuit May Make US History as Largest Class Action… WalMart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit… OPEC (Petro/Gas)| Saudi Arabia one of the founding members| Islamic rules ban homosexuality. Nine young Saudi men are each sentenced to at least 2,400 lashes and… OPEC: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq, with the signing of an agreement in September 1960 by five countries namely Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization.
Nike Inc., $7.6 million settlement: race discrimination… Taco Bell Settle Religious Discrimination Lawsuit… Click + For Source and Additional Information
Are all companies held to the same moral standard?
WalMart: Walmart Gender Discrimination Lawsuit May Make US History as Largest Class Action…
WalMart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit…
OPEC (Petro/Gas)| Saudi Arabia one of the founding members| Islamic rules ban homosexuality. Nine young Saudi men are each sentenced to at least 2,400 lashes and…
OPEC: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq, with the signing of an agreement in September 1960 by five countries namely Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization.
Nike Inc., $7.6 million settlement: race discrimination…
Taco Bell Settle Religious Discrimination Lawsuit…
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