Sunday, June 24, 2012
I had a rather interesting conversation this evening about human rights, parades, protests and breaking the law to get your point across. It was brought to my attention from the side that doesn’t believe that these things shouldn't occur, that many times these events illicit nudity and other crime that is inappropriate for both adults and children to witness. I can’t argue with that as we have all seen it.
However, I do argue that sometimes laws need to be broken in order for there to be a demand for change to be taken seriously. When we go back into recent history we have many people who broke laws to help their race or color. An example I used was Rosa Parks and her refusal as a black woman to move to the back of the bus for a white person. By law she had to but she downright refused and because of her bravery and action and breaking the law change is still rippling through the continent as people of different races, religions and sexual preferences all were given a voice because of people like her.
I also pointed out that many states not only have sodomy as a law but they have also prosecuted and given gay men jail time for having consensual sex. Many straight couples enjoy sex in all of those interesting ways and are never prosecuted because it is easy to just assume that everything is missionary style between man and wife.
Another interesting law has to do with sex toys, like vibrators, whips, restraints, etc. In many places owning these things for a purpose outside of being a novelty is illegal. This means that if the police bust down your door and find your vibrator in your bedside table or dresser drawer you are breaking the law, but if you have your toys hanging on the walls, sitting out on the shelves as though they were decoration you are fine as this implies “novelty”. This is why many websites or stores say “novelty item only”.
I believe that what I want to do in my bedroom is my business and no governing force should have any choice in what goes on between consenting adults. It sickens me that I am Christian and I am ashamed of it because of the way Christians are known to pass judgement and hate towards groups of people based solely on who or what that person is. We are taught that “he who is without sin may cast the first stone” yet Christians seems to forget this. We are told “judge not lest ye be judged”, again forgotten. We are told “another commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another” and here we sit living surrounded by people who preach these words and know exactly where they are in the bible, people who claim to be Christian but forget immediately that it doesn’t say not to love certain people. It says love everyone and to leave judgement up to God.
Those of us who truly leave it up to God are few and far between. One can only hope that people change their mind sooner than later about race, religion, sexual preference, etc. so that we can live in a world with a united front.
The bullying needs to stop, the anger and hate needs to end, and love needs to be given a fair chance at life. Until then remind yourself of love, even if you’re not religious no one can experience or give too much love.