I went hiking with a new friend yesterday. We ended up hiking four miles while getting temporarily lost on part of the trail that was closed down. As one could imagine, we survived. One of the many things we discussed on the hike was gay and lesbian rights. Luckily, we agree and share a very similar point of view. I wanted to share that point of view because there is a lot of intolerance, prejudice, and hate in the world.
Human beings will always be human beings, no matter their preference in partners. It shouldn’t matter who you fall in love with nor what gender they happen to be. We all have our rights, no matter who we are, and as long as we have not murdered, stolen, or done something along the lines of that, we will always have our basic rights. That is the beauty of countries like the United States, Canada, Israel, etc.
If you find someone who you can fall in love with, and the emotion can be returned, then by all means, love! Not everyone gets that chance; not everyone is able to find a partner in life. If you find someone who makes you a better person, then be that better person because the world needs better people. There are so many awful people that there seem to be no good people left. If you were good person, then you would accept all for who they are and what they believe in, as long as what they believe in is not hate.
There is so much cruelty and hate in the world that is irrational. For some reason, many bibles have deemed homosexuality as being evil. Some bibles have deemed homosexual people as being messengers of the devil (or something along the lines of that). Why? In the biblical days, the human race did not understand people who were different. No wonder my people, the Jewish people, have been slaughtered by the millions throughout the millennium. The human race fears what is different, so naturally homosexuality was deemed as bad. No-one understood how it worked nor why some had different preferences in partners.
We don’t live in the biblical world anymore. Wake up and smell the roses! What is the difference if you have made love to a female or a male? It’s no one’s business! It’s only yours and your partner’s business.
Should you still believe in the bible? That is your choice, but you may want to choose which sections or portions you choose to follow. Try to understand why certain rules are in place. It usually has to do with geographic locations and history. There are certain aspects of Judaism that I cannot accept, but that doesn’t make me any less Jewish. It might make me a better person because I can see some of the things that are wrong and that might be harmful to some of my classmates.
We Jews constantly question god’s teachings and why he said what he did. Our questioning is our form of understanding and making our selves better people. You can not blindly follow a faith. You must understand the bible, the meaning behind the words, and why the worlds were written because otherwise you will wander through life without understanding the world around you.
My friend is not Jewish, and he isn’t exactly Christian either, but he is accepting and kind towards others. If having a world without religion means that we have a world without hate and intolerance towards others, then I will forsake my faith for the good of the world. I would willingly give up my religion and the faith of my ancestors if it meant that I would have no prejudice upon my gay and lesbian friends. My ancestors have fought, killed, did some illegal things, and died for me to be alive and exist. They did all of that to continue the Jewish faith and to have me live as a Jew. If Czarist Russia had its way, I would not exist. Rabbi Crinsky illegally gave his son away to another Rabbi, and now here I am! I would be willing to give all of that up and no longer have a religion if it meant having less intolerance in the world. Would you do the same?
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Humans are humans. Love is love. It should not matter if you are homosexual or not. All that matters is that you found someone who you are willing to spend the rest of your life with. All that matters is that you are happy, and you are willing to spread the happiness around.