3.02.2011

Heartbreaking

I read on Yahoo! News that Westboro Baptist Church is protected under the first amendment that protects all forms of speech, even those inflicting pain and suffering among other people.  Which - okay - I get it.  It's whatever.  If everyone would stop giving Westboro SO much attention, they'd eventually get tired of the un-attention and perhaps just stop being pain-in-the-ass bigots altogether. 

Until then...

I saw this picture on this article I was reading and my heart broke.  Does this group of "Christians" really think that God hates?  It's sad if they really do...


How can you serve a God who hates and be THAT happy about it?  I mean - REALLY though?

Until next time...

Peace, love and hugs!
Heather

1.03.2011

Happy 2011!

A big happy new years to everyone!  I hope that 2011 will find all of you safe, happy and healthy.  I know it's going to be a great year for me!

The last part of 2010 has brought me the best thing that's ever happened to me.  There have been ups and downs, goods and bads, but I look forward to 2011.  We're both working on parts of us that we know need some work - and for that, I think we're both going to be better off. 

Anyway - I don't really have a rant for today.  Still trying to recover from the weekend and get ready for tax season to start.  Joy.

Peace and love!
Heather

12.21.2010

Merry Christmas!

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, I reflect more and more on what my life has been like up to this point.  All of the things I've been through and witnessed and felt...it's just amazing when you start reminiscing about life.  I'm only 28 years old - I can't imagine how amazed I'm going to be by life when I actually get to the age of having "good old days."

I typically use this blog as a soap box.  Or a venting place.  Okay..a soap box a lot of the time.  But today - I'm really not that annoyed by anything - well - except small town politics, but I won't bring that b.s. in here.  :)  I'll spare you.  Anyway - I'm pretty content with life as of now.  I want a better job and to live in a bigger city, but my life is great.  I am loved by great people.  And I give that love in return.  I'm sharing my life with people who are supposed to be in it and I couldn't be more thankful than that.

*sigh*

I don't know what else to write, so I guess I'll close.  I hope you guys all have a very very Merry Christmas!!

~Heather~

12.07.2010

How Does It Affect You?

I am fed up to the brim with hearing about parents' reactions to finding out their child is gay.  Like...really?

*Gently places soap box on ground and steps onto it*

First off - if you find out your child is gay, what good do you think it's going to do for you to tell them you're going to pray it away?  What good is it going to do to tell them you're ashamed of them?  These are your CHILDREN, people!!!  There's no amount of praying or shaming that is going to change who they are.  Here's an idea: how about you love them just like you've loved them all of their lives?  Because their person hasn't changed.  Who they are at their core is not defined by them being gay or straight or anywhere on the spectrum of the in-between.  Being gay is like being white or black or Indian.  It doesn't define your heart, it's just a characteristic. 

You know what else I'm sick of?  People responding to someone coming out by saying, "How could you do this?"  What exactly have gays "done"?  Loved without condition?  Oh, I'm sorry...I don't know what I was thinking loving someone regardless of what's between their legs.  Yeah, because THAT is really going to be the downfall of the world.

Please.

If anything, the exact opposite of love is going to be the downfall of the world.  HATE.  This is what's wrong with the world.  People want to say that two men or two women being in a relationship is threatening the sanctity of marriage.  Uh, last I checked, gays didn't really have ANY effect on the sanctity of marriage.  The only thing threatening marriage is divorce and, well, I've already covered that one.  Ban divorce, not gay marriage.  52% of marriages END in divorce.  I'd be willing to bet everything I have that gay marriage has NO effect on the divorce rate.  Unless they get divorced because one party finally comes to term with their own sexuality.  In which case, it still doesn't directly relate.  Good for the person willing to be their true self and quit hiding in society's norm.  It's hard enough living one life, much less living two.

Trust me.  I'd know.

I'm so tired of everyone thinking that someone's sexual orientation directly affects them.  Being gay bothers you?  Yeah, well, your being straight bothers me.  I just don't know why people get so up in arms about it.  Well, scratch that.  Yes, I do. 

It has nothing to do with it really offending them personally and everything to do with the keeping up appearances act that so many millions of people are obsessed with.  You know what?  Get over it.  My relationship has nothing to do with you just like your relationship has nothing to do with me. 

Quit judging.  Quit hating.  Start loving.  It will make a difference.

*Steps off soap box and walks away*

11.15.2010

A Change of Heart...

So a while back, a woman that I used to go to church with made a big stink on Facebook about gays.  Claiming all of her prejudiceness (is that even a word?!) and judgment "In the name of God" or whatever - and it got to be a pretty heated thing on my Facebook.  I go to church with her sisters, who I love both of them, and it's not that I don't love her, necessarily, I just was really hurt and shocked at what she was saying in that conversation.   Anyway - I digress.

Yesterday was our Thanksgiving dinner at church and I sat by one of her sisters, who I'm pretty good friends with.  Well, her and her husband came and sat down at the table with us and she said, "I just want to apologize for things I've said in the past about certain issues that may have hurt you or anything."  I was just like, "M, I'm over it..." And she said, "I know - I just needed to tell you that."  And I replied with, "Well, thank you.  I appreciate it."

Now...all that backstory being said...

I have had many-o-conversations with people about how we need to be praying for the people who judge and condemn the GLBT community.  They only judge and condemn because they're ignorant.  I don't mean that to sound mean, but it's true.  They're so uninformed.  And they completely ignore the verses surrounding the "slam" verses of the Bible (read: Sodom and Gommorah, Romans, Chronicles....etc, etc.)  They don't understand the context in which the verses are put in there.

Besides that, I think if it were SUCH a big deal to God, Jesus would have had something to say about it.

Pastor Dave said something yesterday that I thought was really REALLY cool.  Not cool, but cool of him to say it because a LOT of pastors would never say it from the pulpit.  He said something along the lines of Christians condemning SO many people based off of nothing other than their own prejudices.  I wish I would have written down exactly what he said, but that was the jist of it.

I just keep praying that more people will come around and see the TRUTH.