There’s so much talk nowadays about having certain freedoms or taking certain ones away to feel more secure. Whether it be freedom from religion or freedom for same-sex couples to get married. No matter which way you approach this, its controversial and going to make someone mad. People have their opinions, I have mine.

When it comes to religion, I respect anyone who chooses to believe in a denomination of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or none at all. Nobody has the right to restrict someone else from expressing their beliefs because we would only be hypocritical by expressing our own. Just because I respect someone’s right of religion (or lack thereof), I am completely against people who force their views on others. Whether it is taking God and anything religious out of the school and government or forcing a religion onto someone who they clearly do not welcome. I am unashamed to say that I am a Southern Baptist Christian and therefore, believe in God and that Jesus is my Savior. When it comes to certain stereotypes of being a Baptist or Christian, I can only question why we call ourselves Christians when those things clearly contradict what we believe. If we are to believe that we are accepting of everyone, then why protest at soldiers’ funerals or bully kids for the color of their skin, how they look, talk, act, or even their sexuality? I believe that everyone is entitled to what they believe and are free to pursue whatever makes them happy. We shouldn’t judge people for what they believe, as a Christian, I believe that we should pray for them. God will decide what happens to their souls as equally as He will with ours.

My biggest problem with society is how people are saying that America was not founded on religion. IT WAS!!!! Thomas Jefferson believed in God (even if it was only the Old Testament  hints the Jefferson Bible), the 2nd Continental Congress believed in God, and before them, the first settlers believed in God. You cannot deny religion played a large role in the creation of the country. This land was settled on freedom to choose of religion, free to interpret religion as one sees fit. Yes, there is the freedom not to believe in a religion, but that does not mean that religion is not part of America. None of us are perfect and we will judge, protest, and try to tear each side down so our own views will prevail. We are merely humans and our faults are great, but this doesn’t mean there is not commonalities. We are human, take away personalities, the only difference is sex. We are all equal in how we are created and how we will die. We all have the right to pursue happiness, for we all are Americans.

Lastly, and this has little relation, but just because someone was born with a gene mutation that leaves them mentally, socially, or physically handicap, doesn’t make them ANY different from the rest of us. We are all the same in the eyes of God.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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