Love and acceptance

I don't get political on my blog because honestly I don't follow politics. Ask me about what celebrity just gave birth and I am a wealth of useless knowledge.

I did, however, see the news about President Obama "evolving" on the Gay Marriage issue. I also saw the thousands of people who praised him for this evolution. Really? Personally, I will praise a President who actually DOES something about it. But that is neither here nor there.

The point of this post is that I am still shocked that there is so much hate and intolerance in this world.

I can only hope that by the time my boys grow up the world will be more open-minded. That my kids will never think that they are better than anyone else. That they never judge a person based on color, religion or sexual preference.

Kids are not born with hate. It is taught, and passed down. We need to stop teaching intolerance to make issues like this disappear.

For the record, Gay marriage does not threaten my marriage in any way.
And we as a family support it 100%.

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21 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOVE the shirt. I want one! I agree wholeheartedly. My poor gay uncle (who lives in NC) is so disheartened over the recent politics there that he wants to move. :-( He feels so hated. I can barely stand seeing him so hurt.

jeands said...

I love his shirt and he look so adorable in it.

I agree every word you said in here. gay or straight they deserve an equal treatment.

By Word of Mouth Musings said...

We are pretty liberal but are involved in a rather conservative homeschool group - and my husband is an atheist. Makes for interesting convo's here.
But my 14 yr has it down, she will tell you to live life to the best that you can be, because when its all over, it will be God who will judge you, not man.
Smart girl.
Love the shirt!

Karen Greenberg said...

Great post! I agree with all of it, but I do think President Obama should get some credit for even being willing to discuss the gay marriage issue. Yes, I want to see a president actually DO something about the issue, but this is a step in the right direction.

Adrienne said...

I don't follow politics either - it's been the one area in my life that consistently brings out the cynic in me...and she's hard to find! While I think laws can educate and govern, I believe that true transformation begins in our homes, with those we love and with every person who will write like this and share their heart with others! Beautiful piece!

chickster said...

I couldn't agree more - what was all the hype about??? Unless something is done in regards to legislation and laws, why should he receive so much praise for "talking" about a subject? BTW I can't wait to see Jessica Simpson's weight loss and how much money she'll make off Jenny Craig.

Michelle said...

I don't usually comment on your posts about gay marriage because I don't like getting in debates...but I think that something you said warrants a comment. =)

I do not believe that gay marriage is right. But I don't "hate" gays. To me, being gay is no different than living together before marriage or lying to cover your back or to not hurt someone's feelings (also both things I think are wrong). I can "tolerate" something without thinking it is right, and without "hating" the person doing whatever I think is wrong. People who claim that those of us on the right (as in direction, not as in correct) side of things need to be more tolerant of our right to not agree with those of you on the left side.

Tolerance does not equal acceptance, and we all need to be "tolerant" of each other, even if we're not "accepting" of the behavior. There is a difference, and I'm tired of people claiming that I'm intolerant just because I don't agree. If you are allowed to think that my traditional Christian worldview is wrong, then I should be allowed to think that that the liberal, "accept everybody and AGREE with it" worldview is wrong.

Bottom line: yes, people need to be tolerant of each other...it is not the same as accepting the behavior.

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Jen said...

Yes, yes, and yes. Totally agree. Kids are TAUGHT hate, it doesn't just happen.
Love that little t-shirt!

Mark said...

Will you marry me? I clean!
Thank you for this.
m.

Nieves said...

Great post Barbara. That is the thing: to bring up tolerant, intelligent and self-confident children. That is the hard and beautiful duty of parents and without any doubt your beautiful boys will be tolerant people when they grow up because you are already doing it very well. Such a nice T-shirt on sweet Noah!

Jessica said...

Where did you get that shirt? I NEED it for my kids.

Kimberly said...

I completely agree with this. Hate is something that is taught, passed down to our kids. I do hope that the world is different once our kids are older.

I love that shirt!! Where did you find that?

Susan said...

That t-shirt? Perfection.
And I say, people should be free to do what they like regardless of their sexual orientation.
Love this post girl!

Jessica said...

One day, hopefully hate and ignorance will be a thing of the past. I guess the best thing we can do right now is to teach our kids to be kind and open minded.

Emmy said...

Thank you thank you for this!! I usually just don't comment either as it seems it is not okay and acceptable for those on the right to express their views- only those on the left or we are seen as prejudice and intolerant.

Barbara said...

I love you both for replying. I can't write a post about tolerence anf then pretend that my opinion is the only valid one. It definitely goes both ways and that was the spirit I was trying to convey.

Katharine said...

I agree with you on all your points and I love your shirt. And yeah...doing something about it is what counts when your the president. And not just during an election year.

Heidi Mikalsen Nymann said...

Love the shirt!!!! Think I have to get one with 'I love my gay aunts' to give to my best friends niece :)
So glad I'm from a country where there is a gender neutral marriage law - as you said gay marriage doesn't treathen my marriage either.

PS would love to be able to comment with my normal address.

have a nice weekend!

Stasha said...

Amen! I find it insane that this is even discussed. Love is love.

Kim said...

Us too, Barbara, us too. I find it difficult too to see how in awe we are of something that should have happened eons ago. But I know for a fact we will always see racism and intolerance in some form. Sadly. Love the T shirt.

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