Friday, April 1, 2016

Open Letter to the Southern States of America

Dear Southern Brethren;

Are you out of your cotton pickin minds?

Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina have you really become THOSE states that have no problem in discriminating against LGBT people?  Have you actually become the ones that most people say they hate in the world, all for your religious convictions?  Really? Are you NOW the terrorists that are INSIDE our country? Because in my book, you may not use bombs but you use the law to hurt people, which unfortunately hurts a lot more people than bombs. YOU have become OUR homegrown Terrorists.

Even Georgia came to its senses when pushed to the wall.   I just thank all that is right in the world and the giant corporations of the USA, that are against these ludicrous laws.  (SHOUT OUT to Disney, Coke-Cola, Unilever, Intel, Microsoft, Home Depot, Apple, Marriott, Twitter, Dell and the AMC network and a host of many more major corporations for coming out AGAINST this bill in Georgia)  You can believe and worship anything or anyone you want but YOU have no right to push your beliefs down anyone else's throat, don't you understand that?   That is all of our protection under the 1st Amendment not just YOURS!

I would even go as far to say, if you own a public company, and feel that strongly about LGBT people then don't hire or have them as customers, but you better put a big ass sign on your door saying so, so that the people that DO support them can boycott YOU if they feel the need too.  I know I would never patronize your establishment if I knew that you were discriminating towards anyone.  I'm pretty sure most people feel like that too.  Because just like YOU want to be fully informed, I do to, it goes both ways.  

Now I understand that all these "feelings" of yours comes from your religious beliefs and the Book you all hold so dear.  Have you ever even read it?  Even though I am an atheist, I have read the book twice in my lifetime from cover to cover.  I can tell you this; no where in that book does it say that you should discriminate against LGBT people, nowhere. As a matter of fact, since it's more than likely you have NOT read that book, let me tell you what it DOES say:

LUKE 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
JOHN 8:7 Let anyone of you that is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.
JAMES 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

So are we blindly picking and choosing what we are to believe from your good book now?  

I understand that in the book of Leviticus (which is actually not in the New Book but the old one!) that you get the idea that being LGBT is bad, and these people should in someway be punished, but it's very apparent you are going by what you have heard not what you have read because it clearly states that not only homosexuality is an abomination but also you should be punished for eating shellfish, pork, charging interest on loans, and a host of other punishable by death things.  So if you are going to buy into the first thing, maybe we should start lining up our bankers and pig farmers because they, along with the LGBT people all need to die now.  Oh wait, I'm so sorry, we are choosing to NOT listen to the second part of that. Right?  Because we pick and choose what suits us now, Correct?  Better yet out of a book that YOUR GOD said is the old covenant not the New and everlasting one!

My point is, please stop using your religion to be mean to people that are not like you.  This country was not formed as a christian country (so get over it already and do some reading for crying out loud), they were atheists and protestants and puritans (who made the first penal colony) that settled it because they were free to worship who they wanted.  I'm not going to go into the whole history of it, but the 1st amendment, and the freedom of EXPRESSION (free speech, religion, peaceful assembly and petition) was not by mistake.  But you have to understand it's NOT JUST YOUR EXPRESSION, it's EVERYONE'S and for you to make laws that infringe upon another's freedom of expression is WRONG and against YOUR GODS WORDS!

So please just stop with this nonsense already and get on with your lives, we have so many other more important dangers in this world, can't we all just come together and take care of them, together?

Peace out