Why Does Anyone Have to Be Out?

Once again I find myself baffled at the ongoing disruptive concerns over religion and sexuality and the many ways humans can use one or both to place themselves above another or repress the rights of individuals.

A blog by Dr. J, “Diversity and Equality” Means Christians Are Out, also brought to my attention a viewpoint by Sean Gabb in which both articles implied that Christians were now being persecuted for their views or beliefs. My reaction was a deep sigh of disappointment toward a collective era that considers itself intelligent, compassionate, and open to diversity when the truth is we really haven’t learned anything from the bloody tragedies and destructive deities of human history.

Religion has been around since the beginning of human existence. And as humans evolved so did religious dogma. In other words, a religion changed or was fashioned to meet the times, or the greed of those in power, or as a way to control the masses. All religions are man-made, with agendas that favor its human authors, and have nothing to do with one’s personal spirituality and beliefs in the balance between a higher existence, nature, and living beings. Or the stability between equality, freedom, and acceptance.

Every religion has its own spin on righteousness, policy and restrictions, and plenty of bloodshed against those who are different or accused of breaking the rules. What’s even more tragic is that all these religions have never been based on equality and freedom for ALL humans living on this planet regardless of their mindset.

The BBC article referenced in Dr. J’s blog is about how a court ruled that a Christian couple were denied the ability to provide foster care to children because their beliefs opposed homosexuality. Right away the alarm seems to have gone out that the courts are now setting up to actively discriminate against all Christians. And once again sides are ready to go to war, some with words, some with weapons, not to preserve the rights and equality of ALL humans but over segregated ideals that, as history has shown, are touted as being more factual or morally superior than another group.

Everyone is entitled to choose their own lifestyle and moral guidelines. We are also responsible for our actions to ourselves and others. True sin is deliberately hurting or repressing ourselves or another. Sin means not showing respect for ALL of Gods diversity in people, ideals, nature, and animals. No one person is more important or special than another. Each of us has our own gifts and uniqueness to help enrich our lives and those around us.

The world isn’t meant to be a utopia, for only through adversity do we truly learn. But human is human no matter what sex, color, age, country, beliefs, work, or mental and physical gifts. No one should feel like they are out.

How much more adversity do we need to experience before all humans learn to accept this?

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6 Comments

  1. Dr. J said,

    March 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Top Cat, your argument is premised on this assumption: “All religions are man-made, with agendas that favor its human authors, and have nothing to do with one’s personal spirituality and beliefs in the balance between a higher existence, nature, and living beings.”

    If this statement is incorrect, if there is in fact a body of religious belief with a divine origin, the rest of your argument fails. But you don’t demonstrate this; it’s an a priori assumption that 90% of the world’s population does not share.

    • TopCat2x2 said,

      March 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I greatly appreciate your response but I think you’ve missed the point which is all religions have never been based on equality and freedom for ALL humans on this planet regardless of their mindset, that one religion or moral compass is no more special or superior than another. We are all the same, human, and entitled to respect and freedom of choice regardless if it’s different from what you and I think.

      As for my assumption that all religions are man-made, I have found nothing in all my reading and experiences to confirm that God and not man created the literature and rituals that have been handed down through the centuries. If anything, I feel more convinced that the contradictory, emotional, and despot tactics of religions is something that man assumed or interpreted God to be. My belief is not in what others have been taught to believe, or statics that can’t be proved, or literature that pits one against another, but in spirituality in its simplest form. All humans have the right to equality, freedom of choice, and acceptance.

  2. March 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    The religious world will never understand that basic Humanist principle. Every human being deserves to be treated like a human being. The fact that 90% of every human in existence just means that they were wrong. That’s why it is a belief. Believing something doesn’t make it true.

    • TopCat2x2 said,

      March 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts on this important issue.

      Your last sentence struck a chord: Believing something doesn’t make it true. Yes. And if I may, I’d like to add on that being taught to believe in something doesn’t always make it right. People have a tendency to cling to what’s been handed down generation after generation. There is nothing wrong with having traditions. But what if some of those traditions no longer apply because they segregate or put down or cast out? Setting aside religion, the simple fact is, how can someone from group A say they are a good person because they treat all A’s decently yet hurt and repress those in group B or C and on and on. People are all human beings the world over.

  3. Anthony L. said,

    March 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

    It goes back to the Westboro case. I agree with the court’s decision. We should protect free speech, however, if I stood on a corner with a sign saying ‘black people are going to hell,’ or ‘god hates black people,’ I’m going to jail for inciting. It’s further proof that our government does not acknowledge homosexuals. Homosexuals are not a protected minority.

    • TopCat2x2 said,

      March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I had to look up the Westboro case and also agree with the court’s tough decision. Unfortunately, there are too many heartbreaking cases of people caught up in the fear of diversity, willing to surrender common decency or take up a zealot mentality just to belong. How often are we told that treatment of one group or another has always been handled that way? The world is filled with closed-minded souls that can’t see past the binders that cover their eyes or their hearts. All we can do is to benevolently keep the focus of equality for all and freedom of choice clearly in view.


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