A Note on Belief & Hatred.
I am pro choice.
I am a liberal.
I am a millennial.
I believe in freedom of religion.
I believe in freedom of speech.
I support our right to bear arms. I also support gun control.
I believe in love.
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What I don’t believe in?
Throwing fake fetus entrails at women walking into abortion clinics. Laws - that still exist in some countries - that only allow a woman the right to choose if a doctor (most often male) deems it ‘absolutely medically necessary.’ As if every woman who desires an abortion hasn’t spent hours, days, even weeks deliberating over a grueling, life-altering decision.
A healthcare bill that will kill more people than it serves and that will fuel the fire of the war on drugs as desperate people turn to buying opiates and other medications they are no longer able to get from their doctors on the streets.
Discriminating against those whose beliefs are contrary to mine on the basis that I don’t understand.
Shunning those who worship a different god on the basis that bad people happen to worship that deity. By that logic, there are just as many bad eggs in any community or religious sect, so remember that, while you sit in your glass houses on your high horses and throw stones.
Censorship of the media based on the assumptions of a White House regime that carries out its most important business on twitter and wants to launch a fake news network.
Attempting to justify loosening of gun control laws on the basis that it is our constitutional right while ignoring the fact that there are, in reality, many people who should never be allowed to carry a firearm. If I had been allowed to buy a gun after I was released from a mental hospital at 17, I would have killed myself. These laws exist for a reason.
Perpetuating hatred based on differences of skin color, ethnic background, sexuality, religious beliefs, medical conditions, or literally any other reason.
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Hatred is not a force that will drive change. Hatred is what led Hitler to persecute the Jews. It is what nailed Jesus to the cross. It is what is killing people of color every day. It is anyone who stays silent under a regime of fascist oppression.
At the end of the day, I know what I believe in. The question is:
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