This Makes Me Sad

I haven't said anything on my blog recently about anything political mainly because I was really angry over several things and I didn't feel I could write anything constructive. The past several weeks since the election there have been several disturbing and violent protests outside of LDS temples. Many temples had to close for the day to protect those coming to worship. This is something that I find very scary, especially in America. I'm completely in favor of speaking your mind and standing up for what you believe in, but one's avenue of self-expression should never be one fueled by hate and bigotry. Maybe people in opposition of Proposition 8 feel that those in favor of it are discriminatory and prejudice. Unfortunately, it seems the same can be said for them . If you feel you are being singled out and discriminated against because of something you consider part of your identity you should not turn around and do the same thing to those you accuse. I just don't understand how the protesters fail to see their blatant hypocrisy.

LDS people didn't pass Proposition 8 by themselves, but they are certainly being the scapegoat.
Just like people have a right to chose how to express themselves sexually, people also have a right to disagree with them and express their religious beliefs. That's what makes this America. And when we start trying to oppress and harass people because of their religious beliefs we go against one of the main principles this county was founded on. Regardless of your stance on gay marriage the way to get your point across is not by standing in front of building that people consider sacred and holy yelling profanities, spreading hate, and defacing their property.

The main point of my entry is not to go on a rant (although I've done a good job of it), but to remind myself and others that when you feel your views are being protested to respond in a Christlike manner. Don't fight hate with hate. When your beliefs are challenged stand firm on them and resist the urge to engage in a fight. Turn to the Lord in prayer and trust in what you believe is right.
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Krista Lou Cook said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. I really had no idea that this was going on. i absolutely agree with you!

Alder Family said...

Thanks for the article you sent yesterday. It made me angry, sad, and finally, at the end, repentant for feeling incredibly un-Christlike feelings. It's the natural man's response to fight hate with anger and hate, but it's our goal to put off the natural man and respond as Christ would have us respond. Thanks for a great post.