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On a Personal Note: SCOTUS 2015

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I generally steer clear of political topics here on the blog unless it directly relates to a story because...well, it's a book blog, not a political column. But this has been weighing heavily on my heart and, rather than shed useless tears, I've decided to write slightly less useless words. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled book programming tomorrow.

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As I read articles on the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, I was filled with disappointment and sorrow; but as I watched my Twitter feed explode with celebration and joy, I didn't feel like I could voice my opinion. Worse, I was afraid if I did, people would start attacking me for it. Should I be afraid to say something because there's an off-chance someone might call me a hateful name? No.

So here it is:
  • I agree with the dissenting Justices' opinions in this case. I think the majority took too broad an interpretation of the Constitution and played to politics, not law, in changing the long held definition of marriage.
  • I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus. I believe the Bible to be true.
  • I believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. (Different groups/religions have had various definitions for the social institution; now we have a court-mandated definition.)
  • I believe homosexual practices are inconsistent with Biblical teachings.
  • I believe in treating everyone with the same love God has shown to me (no matter how undeserving and rebellious I am).
  • I believe in stating my beliefs and opinions, listening to yours, holding respectful discussions, and agreeing to disagree.

Sigh. Just as well. I know I couldn't have fit all that in one tweet. ;)

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  1. Well you have my support, I'm glad to find someone who feels the same. I too steer clear of politics not because I'm afraid of hate, but that I just don't have the energy to listen to all the debate.

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    1. Thank you for your support and kind words, Hazel. They are much appreciated. :)

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  2. You are entitled to your opinion, and you should feel comfortable expressing it. In this case, I don't agree with you, but I hold some conservative beliefs that are contrary to the vast majority of people in my social media circle, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd be afraid to express them.

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    1. I'm both comforted and saddened to learn I'm not the only one who has felt fear in expressing her ideas--comforted because I'm not alone, and saddened that backlash seems not only possible, but probable. Thank you for commenting. :)

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  3. While I do disagree with you on this one, like Stephanie above, I also have many conservative views that I don't share because I don't want to be jumped on by others. But you should be able to express your opinion. That is part of what our country is about, yet often if people disagree with you, they will shame you for trying to have your own opinion.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Lisa. It's disappointing that expecting people to jump on you for your beliefs has become a norm, particularly in the U.S., but I'm always encouraged by people like you who prove that we can civilly disagree about some matters and happily converse about others--like books! :)

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  4. I'm so glad to find someone who also has the same views about gay marriage because like you I am also a Christian. i really respect you for posting this post as sadly I'm to afraid to voice my views on it but well done! :)

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    1. Thank you very much for commenting, Kristin. I continue to have hope that minority or majority, everyone can voice their opinions and hold respectful discussions about them. :)

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