Civil Rights for ALL

The elections are over and now we can watch TV without the barrage of political commercials trying to brain wash us with their half truths and out right lies.  And soon Facebook will return it’s usual images of people’s kids, what’s for dinner, and updates on weekend activities.  Normal easy going stuff.

Awesome.

But leading up to this election, I was loosing a bit of heart in the American people.

Specifically regarding civil rights.

You know, the whole equality, freedom and equal rights for all thing.

Hell,  we are talking about, Liberty For All, which is in our Pledge of Allegiance.

Say it with me folks – I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

But not everyone has equal rights.  Not everyone has civil liberties.

And the reason they don’t have them? One word: Bigotry

Because some people mix CHURCH and STATE and suppress other people’s rights because their church says they should.

ie. Same sex marriage.

So some people think god, wants to restrict love?

And that the government should be involved in who people can love and marry?

Hell, if you are gay, and your church tells you its wrong, and you feel so strongly in your church’s teaching that you feel it is more important to do what they tell you vs be true to yourself, then don’t act on how you feel.

And if your kid, or your grand kid, or your sister or brother or close friend turns out to be homosexual, and you would rather cut them from your life than remain their family or friend, then that is on you.

Our country was set up on the premises of freedom of religion for all. With the whole separation of church and state being key.

Interesting fact; did you know that John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, took his presidential oath on a book of law, instead of a bible, to uphold the separation of church and state?

And sadly, a lot of the people screaming to keep gay people from marrying the person they love, and that they want the government to be involved in preventing this, you know, because their church says it’s wrong, are the same people that say they want “small government”.

hum, maybe its only small government when it relates to specific topics?

Anyway, I digress.
Leading up to this election I was becoming disheartened, that a people as great as the American people, would actively fight against equal rights for all American people.

But the election results renewed my love and pride in my fellow people.

My birth state, Maryland,  along with Washington and Maine, joined the growing list of states that support same sex marriage.

There is still a long way to go, but at least we are moving in the right direction.

And as a patriotic, USA loving, American, I am proud to see the country I love making steps in the right direction.

Damn, I love this country.

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