Point/Counterpoint: Why Landmark?
POINT: We are tolerating sick, immoral people with a disrespect of life or fellow human beings. We are giving room on our pathways to destructive entities. I don't want my children to share that road either. Why are we giving media coverage, trials, and rights to terrorists who enter our country and blow up thousands of innocent lives? I say, we shoot their asses and be done with it. I want people to be aghast at wrongful behaviors.
As much as I love self awareness exercises and enrichment.......we have to remain intolerant of crap and get back to a less gray world.
COUNTERPOINT: Notice if your mind got snagged on BDSM. That blog was not about BDSM.
In my world, private behaviors of consenting adults is galaxies from Jihadists. This country was founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… provided the pursuits do not impinge on those same rights of others.
When we label one group of people as immoral or sick, liken them to terrorist and lobby to remove or withhold rights, we open the floodgates once again to segregation of all kinds.
America is yet a young country. We are steeped in landmark legislation: abolition, women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Act and desegregation, Title-9 and equality for women’s athletics, Roe v Wade and pro-choice, the American Disabilities Act provided access, and California’s Family Code section 297 established domestic partnerships. These are but a few and a case for the constitutionality of gay marriage is being argued before the federal court as I write.
These constitutional rights must be protected and safeguarded for all, BDSM-ers, et al., lest we condone once again the practice of hunting people of color… like dogs… for sport – which too, is steeped in our history.
I am not advocating tolerance for murders, terrorists and Jihadists. But a path different from yours is not necessarily a bad path… only an unfamiliar one. And sharing one’s path with many – is one of the great lessons of life, taught by every great teacher, prophet and God herself.
With utmost respect ~ Lorin