Man life sure is getting hard for Catholics. This woman feels she can’t even leave the safety of her own home with her children anymore because of all the homosexuals out there. Long gone are the days where you could go to the local pool or park and enjoy a ‘gay’ day out with the family without the ‘immoral’ homosexuals raining on your parade.
“The same people who say I shouldn’t impose my morality on them, are imposing immorality on me and my children to the point that I literally have a hard time even leaving my home anymore to do something as simple as visit the park. And this is freedom?”
When it comes to people having an issue with the ‘morality’ of the religious, it’s not necessarily to do with what they believe, but how they act upon their beliefs. How are a gay couple at the pool lying next to one another, elbow to elbow, and “exchanging doe-eyes”, imposing their ‘immorality’ on you? They’re not even engaging with you at all…
How is that any different from say a Christian wearing a huge cross around their neck, or a muslim woman wearing a hijab, or an Hasidic Jew wearing his Bekishe and black hat or kippah in public? To be honest I’m not a fan at all and to a point it offends me, but I’m tolerant enough to deal with it. It’s a ‘free’ world, and even if I had the want and ability to prevent them from being able to I would never do so.
What about people with tattoos, dyed hair or piercings, or the obese, or foreigners/other races… Homosexuality is just one more facet of our society that some of us may not personally approve of or appreciate, but that’s life. Being part of society means being tolerant and dealing with other people of other races, beliefs, backgrounds, who enjoy different things, especially when they aren’t impinging upon your personal freedoms.
“This is my community. I find myself unable to even leave the house anymore without worrying about what in tarnation we are going to encounter. We are responsible citizens. We live by the rules, we pay our taxes, we take care of our things. I’m supposed to be able to influence what goes on in my community, and as a voter I do exercise that right. But I’m outnumbered. I can’t even go to normal places without having to sit silently and tolerate immorality.”
Last time I checked it’s everyone’s community. That includes you and it includes homosexuals. How do you think the homosexuals felt no so long ago in the early to mid 20th century when it was taboo for them to even admit to being gay, let along come out in public and be themselves with their families? If you can’t deal with them simply being out in all the public places you’re allowed to go, that’s your problem and no one else’s. Not so long ago I’m sure many people with the same mindset as yourself would be as upset when they saw a black person enter the same store as them, or ride at the front of the bus.
If it were homosexuals pushing their personal beliefs and behaviour onto you and your family in public, maybe you’d have the same foot to stand on as those “people who say [you] shouldn’t impose your morality on them”. Until then, go to your doctor and get a top-up shot of tolerance and maturity, and if your children ask you questions answer them as appropriately as possible without demonizing a group of people who are doing nothing more than showing love for one another in public.
“Seriously, is this freedom?”
Yup. It’s your faith that has you locked in your house, not the gays enjoying their lives out in public. If you want to go to a space likely to be as close to ‘gay free’ as any today, might I suggest going to church more often.
You just have to laugh when all too often you hear Christians complaining that, yet again “I have to talk to my children about why two men were hugging now, that’s impinging on my freedom!”… Therefore what? Ban homosexuality? In other words “my freedoms are more important than those of others!”.
Dictionary.com defines freedom or being free as “enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery.; Exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one’s will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.”
By them simply existing, or appearing in public, isn’t impinging on your personal freedoms at all. You’re able to leave your house at any time without restraint. Your religion in particular, however, has impinged upon the freedoms of countless homosexuals, among other minorities, for a millennia. So maybe it’s time for a little more love and tolerance.
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