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Yes, I’m labeling myself a Christian. That may surprise some people… but if you’ve known me for a while, you know my heart yearns to grow stronger in my faith while my mind pushes back and says, “Be logical.” This post isn’t about my struggle with faith; it’s about my struggle with organized religion and the ultra-conservative beliefs that destroy lives and ruin families full of love. I love logic. If it doesn’t make sense, I try to figure it out and find the solution, much like a geometric proof. I can’t solve every equation, but gay marriage seems easy to me. Let’s get logical about gay marriage. North Carolina just passed Amendment 1 of their Constitution stating that no same-sex couples can get married or join in civil union. In other words, they have no legal rights as a couple or family. What does that mean? Everything they do together is for naught. It doesn’t matter. It never happened — at least according to the legal system. I challenge you to watch this video — it amassed 400,000 views in two days — and see how this inequality can destroy a person: If that video doesn’t make you angry, sad or at least tug on your heartstrings, there’s probably no reason for you to read the rest of this article. I will probably have a hard time getting through to you, but I still feel compelled to try. Please keep reading even if you hate the idea of equal rights for same-sex couples. I promise this is something worth thinking about. Separation of Church and State My country advocates freedom of religion… but only if it’s my religion. I don’t care what you believe because I know I’m right and you’re wrong. Since that’s the truth, my opinion matters more than yours and I’m going to do everything possible to limit your passions through any political/legal means necessary. Wow. No, that’s not a real quote; I feel like that easily defines our nation. Have we forgotten our heritage and why this nation exists? The pilgrims initially came to America to escape a corrupt political system heavily influence by the Church of England. In those days, the church played a pivotal role in the prosecution and persecution of those who challenged false teachings from corrupt officials. At that time, it seemed like escape was the only option and it sparked the pilgrimage to the “land of the free” where church and state were supposed to be separate entities. Four hundred years have passed but we still can’t separate church from state. We’ve never truly had religious freedom. Any government with a dominant religion tends to rule by the majority’s beliefs. We’re a Christian nation. There are many people in the USA who believe something different or in nothing at all… but the fact remains: Christianity governs the US. I don’t think government can exist without religious influence. Humanity doesn’t understand what is right without knowing what is wrong; we define …