on hate, religion, and recent events: my opinion

January 13, 2011 in about me,life,opinions,religion,the world

Hate. Hate for each other;
 hate for people you don’t know;
hate for an entire demographic of people.
I just don’t get it.

And nothing upsets me more.

Whether it be homophobes lining the streets
to scream obscenities about life, God, and marriage;
or a woman from a completely radical church
justifying the killing of an innocent nine-year-old girl.

{Tweet from @Dear Shirley, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, explaining why a 9-year-old girl was rightfully gunned down in Saturdays shooting}

I truly do not understand it.
And it makes me terribly sad.

I’ve always been sensitive about these issues.
My mom tells me stories about how when I was a kid
I used to hide during recess
and cry to her when I got home, asking,
How can all of these kids be so happy
when bad things are happening in the world?”

I agree, I didn’t have a very sheltered childhood full of rainbows;
I had to learn at a very young age that
very bad things happen and there is really no rhyme or reason for it.
More disturbing thatn the recent events in Arizona
{and it was extremely disturbing}
is the fact that hatred is so strong amongst some people
that they would go as far to say that
these people deserved to be killed.

I know that since this came out in the news,
they have decided they will broadcast from a radio program
rather than protest at the funeral,
but I’m still completely disturbed that protesting
would even be an option.

This blows my mind.
I haven’t been able to completely function
these last couple of days
because I am so distraught by the hatred that some people have.

Here I am:
I don’t believe in religion.
I’m not sure if I believe in a god.
But I believe in being kind and living by the golden rule.
I believe in equal rights and equality for all people.
I believe that marriage of all people,
gay or straight,
is a right in this country.

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And I would be seen as someone who is not a good person,
not only by this radical church,
but also by many people I know
who are against equal rights;
and gay marriage;
and who think I’m missing something in my life
because I don’t have god or religion.

But I believe in something stronger than religion.

I believe in being a good person
and acting to others
as I would want them to treat me.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Chele76 January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

you summed it up perfectly. I share your feelings 1 million percent.

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Dixie Bell Designs January 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Great post, and I completely agree with you! For people who follow a religion, the thing I really don't understand is how they can act so incredibly cruel to others and still think that they are following “god's will.” It's like, really people???, you think it's okay to be homophobic and against gay people, you think God would want you to protest at a 9 yr olds funeral… I thought you were supposed to love everyone. Hypocritical much??

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Life with Kaishon January 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

It hurts my heart that there are people like that in the world. I can't believe those people say they believe in Jesus and they treat others so unkindly and unhumanitarianly. I believe in Jesus. I believe that every person is valuable and of great worth.

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Fizzgig January 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

i dont agree w/organized religion. its all distorted for each groups liking.

I prefer to be as good as I can be, believe in something greater, and mind my own business.

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Chelle January 23, 2011 at 3:22 am

Excellent post, Rachel. Excellent.

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