I was baptized in the Catholic Church, raised in the Catholic faith….became disenchanted with their dogma as a teenager and tried other denominations over the years (including Buddhism, Mormonism, and Wiccan)….Yes, I consider myself a Christian. Yes, I recently had my First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Catholic Church…..sometimes things come full circle.
My parents were Democrats, so I was raised believing that that party advocating for the working man, average middle-class people. For a long time, I was conservative. My first excursion into political awareness was registering as a Democrat…then I moved to Australia. There, the parties were similar: Labor (supposedly for the common people) and Liberal (for big business). Naturally I voted Labor. And “Down Under” a person MUST vote or face the possibility of a fine (without a legitamate reason). When I returned to the USA in 2003, I was extremely conservative and felt that the Republicans cared more for the common man than did the Democrats…so I registered as such. Being the open-minded person I was brought up to be, I realized that it was a pile of manure! So….at the moment, I am a registered Republican, and will likely remain so, but my political beliefs/opinions are neither conservative nor liberal; neither are they middle of the road. I will say that it depends on the issue. I will also say that I am more radical than anything else. Thanks to what I’ve learned throughout the years, and what I’ve discovered by investigating issues and seeking out both sides of the story, neither main party in the USA represents the people. They represent the wealthy, the corporations; their main concern is profit.
Although I’m a conservative or liberal or radical depending on the issue, I do hold some very strong, solid beliefs, values, and opinions on certain things. Yes, I advocate for a woman’s right to choose – between pregnancy or abortion, that is. That being said, I also believe that life begins at conception and do not agree with abortion. But legalizing abortion or forcing citizens to accept the limitations of abortion being made illegal will NOT stop the problem. It will simply lead to more women seeking out abortions from the wrong places and face the possibility of medical problems or even death.
Gay rights….now there is a loaded issue….guaranteed to turn father against mother, daughter against parents, parents against children, etc. As a Christian, no…that’s not quite accurate. My personal opinion is that…no, that’s not even accurate. I stand behind the LGBT community and their fight for equality. My dearest and closest friend is transgender. My personal opinion is that being attracted to a person of the same gender is something a person is born with. I didn’t always believe that, of course. At my most conservative times, I was anti-Gay….I’m ashamed to admit that, but there it is. I’ve since come to my senses.
Gun control….another big item. I see no problem with states requiring people to regisster their firearms. I do NOT beliee it will lead to the government confiscating weapons. I do NOT see a “bogeyman” behind every issue. I also believe in a person’s right to bear arms. Of course, criminal checks should be continued. Too many people should not be allowed to own firearms. I also believe that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
If any right-wing, ultra-conservative, fundamentalist Christians has an issue with my values, beliefs, or opinions, that’s their perogative. The turth is that there is NO PERSON who knows what God thinks, feels, etc. Who am I to sit back and make the statement that “God says….” I am not God. Yes, we have the Bible…and, while I revere the Bible, I also realize that there is a possibility that many things were altered during the translation processes over time.
One thing that angers me is when conservative Christians and/or those who support the Tea Party movement refuse to entertain the possibility of other opinions and statements having the same validity as their own opinions and statements. These people will swear black and blue that yes, they read, watch, or listen to media that is not conservative in nature. But, in truth, they simply skim over alternative information and dismiss its validity – mainly without realizing it. They will also swear black and blue that they are NOT racist….all the while complaining that people of color are victimizing and oppressing the white people….that there should not be a “Black History Month” – so they form their own “White History Month” website.
The vilification of President Obama is another issue that irks me. People have compared him to Hitler, to Stalin, even to the Antichrist!!! As if Obama is the ONLY president who made a mistake.
Anyway, enough for now. I will say that those of my friends who are ultra-conservative need to begin to do a bit of self-analysis. If they claim to be Christian and claim to follow Christ, they had better decide if capitalism, gun rights, discriminating against people of color and gays and whoever, private health insurance etc. is what Christ would have them support.