Live and let live.
It seems like such a simple concept; the ability to live one's life as one chooses to do, and to simply allow others to do the same.
Retired talk show host Neal Boortz summed it up best when he said, "I will live my life without trying to take someone's life, liberty or property through the use of force of fraud, and I simply ask you to do the same".
What's so hard about that?
Sadly, 21st century Americans treat this as a foreign concept. It's something liberals of the late 20th century have been trying to undermine for years when it comes to people's money, but lately social conservatives have adopted the same "government is the only way to get my beliefs across" mentality. And the irony of it all is delicious, if not tragic. The same people who would argue 'til they're blue in the face about the dangers of Sharia law being accepted in America are the same people who are trying to enforce their Christian viewpoint through the use of government.
Doesn't say much about the concept of religion in any form, does it?
To get everybody on the same page before we get deeper into this subject, you need to know something about me.
I do not believe in a Supreme Being (except myself, of course - the individual is the highest form of intelligent life known to mankind).
This does not make me an Atheist. An Atheist denies the existence of a Supreme Being. I simply do not know if one exists, therefore, without proof, I cannot accept the existence of one. Neither can I deny the existence of one. The analyst in me simply needs proof one way or the other, and to date none exists, so I am an Agnostic. But the individualist in me compels me to accept that others might believe in a higher power, be it God, Allah, Vishnu, Gaia, or that great Canadian god - William Shatner. (I mean, he's not THE God, but he certainly qualifies as one of the lesser gods, right?)
So to my Christian friends with whom I have been arguing over the past few weeks regarding so-called "religious liberty" (a misnomer almost as funny as "military intelligence"), believe in what you will. I don't care. Just as long as you don't DARE try to use the power of government to force others to behave as you believe.
That two consenting adults of the same sex might actually love one another and want to have the same benefits of law and choice of venue for their wedding might classify them as deviants in your religious views, but that is your BELIEF, not FACT. Facts trump beliefs all day long. That someone can be born one sex and choose to identify themselves as another (or of none in particular) might be considered distasteful or disgusting to you and your religious beliefs, but it is a FACT that these people exist. If you believe that gay people want to have sex with animals or children, or that transgenders want to molest children, then maybe you should move to Mississippi, where a majority of uneducated people live. These last concepts are just something running around like squirrels in your sexually-repressed minds.
The affairs of two (or more) consenting adults are NONE OF YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS!
Note the two underlined words. Consenting. Adults.
It's the concept of "live and let live". Or maybe you'll understand it more if I use something more familiar to you:
"Judge not, lest ye be judged".
Now go forth and prosper, but might I suggest that you leave the rest of us CONSENTING ADULTS the Hell alone. Our lives are none of your Damned business.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.