All men are equal, and deserve equal treatment under the law
This article is directed to all people. It pertains to the recent upheaval in political and religious arenas on the subject of homosexuals and lesbians and their right to have basic human rights. This is specifically directed at and is in condemnation of those who seek to legislate law preventing them from having those rights.
Trying to control how other people live their lives based off of how you live yours is bullshit. They aren’t coming into your house and telling you how to live yours. Let them be who they want to be. You are perpetuating hate and bigotry, and setting a horrible example for your children. What have these people done to you?
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; that ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love only them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?” – Matthew 5
“And blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” – 3 Nephi 12:9
The life that others choose to live is not yours. Let them be who they wish to be, and if it be evil, let it be evil, for it is their condemnation on the day of judgement. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma goes to the city of Ammonihah, converts Amulek, and they go about preaching. At one point they are taken captive and forced to watch as those they had converted, and the writings they had written, were thrown into a raging furnace. Men, women, and children, all were thrown to the flames. Amulek raged out in anger and despair, crying to Alma that they must save them.
“How can we witness this awful scene? Therefore let us stretch forth our hands, and exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames. But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand; for behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day”. – Alma 14
He allows the people of Ammonihah to condemn themselves. He allows them to murder in a most cruel way, and through these acts, seal their own doom. Your god will not throw you in the pit of doom, you throw yourself in.
To those who cry “They poison the minds of our children!” I say unto you, if the minds of your children are so easily swayed and changed by such simple things as these, whether they be good or evil, you have failed in your duty to prepare your child, and your own faith is a fragile thing to be shaken so, if it is existent at all. If you cower at the thought of explaining why some people live the way they do, you need to gain courage and will for your children; for the world is a place of harsh reality, and cares not one whit for you or your frail dreams of how things should be.
The world is not all rosebuds and unicorns, magnificent vistas of untainted beauty, and generous hospitality. Much of the world is cruel, malignant and hateful, and will use every advantage it has to improve its lot, without regards to you are yours. You have grown comfortable in your riches, and happy in your success, and have forgotten the death and terror that stalks the world. You pour extensive amounts of money to prevent what you call the desecration of the sanctity of marriage, and the destruction of the family unit, yet this wealth can go to lessen the desolation of billions of your fellow-man. This money could be used to improve the lives of those less fortunate than you. Millions die every day the world over, but you have decided that this wealth is better spent preventing “sinners” from accomplishing their dreams. Now I highly doubt you have made the conscious decision “You know, there are lots of people I could help with this energy and wealth I have, but I going to use it to force my ideas on others!”, no, you have forgotten them. The poor, the lost, the downtrodden, the…well…the forgotten ones of this world. And because you have forgotten them, you waste your resources persecuting others, caught up in your holy war on the gays.
I remember reading about another holy war, they called it the Crusades, where the christian world took it upon themselves to conquer the homeland of there god of peace, and marched in the name of God and Jesus Christ and used his holy word to murder, rape, pillage and destroy the heathens and heretics who had desecrated the land with their presence. Millions were righteously purged from the world, all in the name of God. Why? Because they were different, because they didn’t follow the christian nation’s idea of life, and didn’t follow their rules. So they killed them, controlled them, hated them, generally treated them like shit. We have come a long way since that time, we have gotten smarter. Man is more civilized now, and we don’t go about killing those whom we don’t agree with. Oh wait, nevermind. Barnsley teen burned to death on his 18th birthday.
These people are human, and they want to exercise love in their own way. This is love and happiness, and you want to crush it.
They are not evil, they are not destroyers; they love, they laugh and cry just as you and I, they bear no ill will to you or I, except where they have been trampled on, and sometimes not even then, but because they do not follow YOUR idea of righteousness, they cannot not have THEIR idea of happiness? What right have you? Who made you THE OMNISCIENT LORD OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, THE INFALLIBLE JUDGE OF MAN?!
Look unto yourselves and see your own failings. Are you following your own rules? Are you without sin? Let me refresh your memories on those who think themselves fit to punish those they think unrighteous.
“And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” Now here we have a woman, who was caught red-handed, her guilt is undeniable, yet as Jesus shows, who is worthy of judging her?
“He lifted himself up and said unto them He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” – John 8
And you have the brazen audacity to think yourselves fit to judge your fellow-man, and decide that a certain group of individuals should be controlled because they have committed a “sin”? When they are not accountable to your law? They are not of your faith, they do not follow your law, and yet you seek to hold them accountable to it, to use it to control their lives. You cannot say they are accountable to it, because you know they have not all heard it. They aren’t going around killing and pillaging the countryside, they aren’t coming into your house and infecting your children with the gay virus. They are trying to live their lives the way they want to. And their way of life is not going to destroy yours.