I'm am so sick and tired of hearing about "values voters" and "people of faith" already!!! Sweet JESUS!!!! This is simply code for "Christian values" and the Christian faith. They use the word as if Christians are the only ones who have "values" or "faith." They are en elitist group of people who honestly think that people of other religions couldn't possibly have any values and forget about Atheists and secular humanists. If Christians had a lock on values then the dictionaries would define the word, "values" this way: "The beliefs and guiding principles of Christianity."
Sadly it seems that the only values some of these "Christians" care about are abortion and being against anything related to homosexuality and any other alternative lifestyle. They say that they are "pro-life" and "pro-family" yet they don't seem concerned that our environment and atmosphere are degrading to the point of endangering the life, health and safety of their beloved children, grandchildren and "snowflake babies." They are "pro-family" yet how many of those rabidly anti-choice people adopt children warehoused in orphanages? They say that they are "pro-family" but they are against a committed, stable homosexual couple from adopting those needy children from those orphanages. They are o.k. with single family homes (as they should be) but are not o.k. with a two parent household. A household where the parents happen to be gay but are otherwise very capable of raising healthy children which increases their chances of being productive members of society. They say that they are "pro-family" and "pro-life" and yet they vote down SCHIP, a program designed to give health care for needy children. They claim to be "pro-life" but many of them support an unnecessary war that is killing and destroying so many lives.
I'm not saying all Christians live and believe all of these things but many "Christian's" do. They talk of fidelity in marriage and yet many other religions believe the same thing, as do many Atheists and secular humanists. Just because you aren't "Christian" doesn't mean that you are "pro-divorce." What kind of thinking is that??? That non-"Christians" are going around trying to get people to divorce?? Absurd thinking.
Jesus spoke often of giving to the poor and abstaining from too much wealth and yet many of these so-called "Christians" make money at any expense and refuse to pay their fair share in taxes to help the poor, sick and needy. They don't want their "hard earned money" to help someone else. Hmmm, I wonder what Jesus would think of that? Then there are all those preachers who make millions off of Jesus and yet often don't come close to living up to his example. While at the same time condemning others.
Then there is the value that Jesus taught of renouncing violence, turning the other cheek. Yet many of these "Christians" are pro-death penalty and pro-war, "get them before they get you." Sound like the "pre-emptive strike doctrine" at all? Somehow that doesn't seem to be in keeping with "turn the other cheek." They are more interested it seems in building more bombs then building peace through dialogue. To many, the symbolism of turning the other cheek means being patient, forgiving and being willing to solve problems non-violently and using war only when all else fails and when the world is united in believing in the necessity of that war.
Then there is the value of forgiving sins, they love to have their sins forgiven but have a hard time forgiving others. Yes, we all have difficulty with doing this sometimes but other religions believe in forgiving too. As do Atheists and secular humanists. Forgiving others is a basic understanding in humanity. We have learned over the evolution of our species that the only way that we can progress and succeed is through compromise and forgiving each other when necessary. And of course these "Christians" are the only ones who believe it is important to try and love your enemy. Never mind the Hindu Gandhi and the Buddhist Dalai Lama who are two amazing examples of the shocking ability of non-"Christians" to love their enemies and forgive.
Today's "Christians" have tacked on other "values" that they consider "Christian values" as well. And somehow they believe that these would be endorsed by their savior, Jesus Christ. These include supporting prayer in school despite Jesus saying that prayer should be personal and done in private. Forcing prayer on non-"Christian" students doesn't seem very inline with "loving thy neighbor." If they honestly believe in that value then they wouldn't want to impose their beliefs upon their neighbors because such an act clearly hurts, offends and disrespects non-"Christians." I think that hurting, offending and disrespecting your neighbor wouldn't be endorsed by the Jesus that I grew up reading in the Bible. Perhaps though I missed that part in the 3 times that I read the entire book. That was sarcasm by the way.
And I know that these "Christians" want to marginalize homosexuals and honestly believe that such acts are sins but I seem to remember there being something in the Bible that went like this, "Hate the sin but love the sinner." To the rational mind that means that you don't have to like homosexuality but you do have a duty to protect them and their right to use the "free will" that they were given by the very "Christian" "God" that these "Christians" claim to be following. This duty to protect others and love they neighbor would seem by most to include adding violent acts against homosexuals to the hate crimes list but the modern "Christian" didn't seem to get that memo. I wonder sometimes if they've ever really cracked that Bible that they love to shove down everyones' throats and wave in everyones face.
Then there is this so-called "value" that "Christians" have a duty to prevent birth control options from being supported and emphasized in society, this despite such actions being so irresponsible as to increase the risk of people (especially teen-agers) in getting a life threatening sexual disease. How is that pro-life? Here's the thing, their "God" "created" us with a sexual drive and any sensible person knows that the majority of humans will engage in that very natural act. It's an instinct of survival and you can not just shut off an instinct, especially one that demands the survival of the human race!!
Thus, If the chances are that most young people will have sex before marriage then wouldn't the pro-life action be to support sexual education that includes how to protect our kids from getting diseases that could kill them?? And teaching abstinence only is playing with a loaded gun because you can not prevent all (or even most) hormone juiced youngsters from engaging in sex and if they don't know how to protect themselves then they will end up pregnant at a young age. And while there are many success stories of young mothers and fathers making it, there is also an increased chance of them not making it. Such young couples are often driven apart due to the heavy responsibility placed upon such young minds not yet always capable of handling such a responsibility. How is driving young families apart a pro-family? Or they will get a life-long disease or a death sentence via HIV/AIDS.
Finally, these "Christians" think that censorship of anything sexual is helping their children respect sex and have a healthy and happy sex life when they are married. Yet here's the thing, I was raised that way and it did the opposite. I was totally unprepared for sex, terrified of the act and was told my whole life not to engage in sex before marriage and then when I was married I was told to go for it and have sex. However, you can't just "turn it on" after being conditioned all throughout your young years that sex is dangerous and that sex without a whole list of conditions is bad. Repressing sexuality is an exercise in futility that can lead to deviant behavior and abnormal guilt, shame as well as violent sexual acting out.
Then there is this sentiment out there amongst some Christians that the ten commandments are unique and therefore the only basis for a system of government and guide for humanity. Their elitist thinking prevents them from honest investigation which breeds ignorance and intolerance. If one performs but a basic search into the great world religions then they will find that most of them have a similar set of guidelines to the ten commandments. They either conveniently forget this or shamelessly shut off the minds to such realities.
And as for Atheists, they understand the importance of not killing, not lying, not stealing, etc. It doesn't take a "God" to figure out that doing such things brings harm to our loved ones, hurts society and restricts our personal freedoms. You don't need a "God" to know how to act in a society. We are the product of countless generations and they have figured out what works and what does not. Whether it was from a "God" or through just trial and error it doesn't matter how you got to that conclusion, it just matters that we all know how to act and how not to act. There are some general guidelines that most societies follow and the rest is trusted and left up to the individual to decide for themselves. As it should be.
You are free to believe whatever you like but when you start to infringe on the beliefs of others then you are out of line. Everyone is a value voter. There are very few people in human society who have no values and most of them are locked up in prisons or mental wards.
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