Connor has been bugging me to post. Right now we’re supposed to be talking about the candidates, but right now there is another issue I’d like to address.
Many people when they learn someone’s religion they automatically judge. Here in Mesa, it is a mainly Mormon population. Many friend’s of mine will bash a person when they find out they are Mormon. I myself am guilty of this as well. Mormons may return it – or even start it; But does that make it right? A lot of people don’t understand Mormonism, and for myself – I barely do either! But I try. And religion is an open, non-taboo topic with my friends because we enjoy talking about it and learning.
Fun fact, Satanists do not worship the devil. So to say they do, is ignorant. They believe in giving into what many religions call sins because they believe we only live now so might as well live it up. This how ever, does not mean they think killing is right and what not. I won’t go to far into that as that is not a religion since many get into it to piss off their parents, but thought I’d put it out there.
Islam. I cannot say how much I respect this religion. This is what honestly got me going on this subject. A friend of mine, probably the smartest kid I know, made a comment about Islam based on the radicalists making the news. Let me just say, what you hear on the news accounts for less than 5% of Muslims. This religion does not teach a thing about killing your enemies, it teaches peace and harmony. It does not speak of killing the infidels or any of that crap the media has lead us to believe. Tell me, have you even read the Koran? Or even read anything on Islam? If people have, they wouldn’t even think such things! They would not be so vulnerable to others false ideas of their religion. Really, Christianity and Islam are less than two steps away from each other. Those of you who follow those faiths, have a lot more in common than you believe.
Paganism, wow. Deep stigmas there. I could go on and on with this one, but I will try and keep it short. People always think “rituals, spells, witchcraft, and Evil…” Well, the first three were correct for some branches of paganism, but the third is not. A ritual, is nothing more than an acted out prayer, and a spell is a way to focus your prayer energies. And the spells are not what they movies and TV portray, if you believe that – you watch too much. They are about two steps apart from regular Christian prayer. A Christian may pray for help on a test, Buddhists may meditate and send their energies, a Pagan may cast a spell. They do not worship the devil, they don’t even believe in the devil. They may worship multiple deities or they may worship just one. Many holidays that Christians celebrate are truly pagan oriented. Paganism is centered around the earth. How is that evil? (Not attacking anyone but,) The church in Medieval times demonized these religions. Unfortunately, these stigmas are still around.
Christianity. Wow. Where to begin. I respect you religion as well, but the leaders and the “hardcore Christians” not so much. I believe all organized religion gets slightly lost in translation with so many branches and views but one only needs to look at the actual words and teaching of Jesus to see how far off course Christianity has gone. (For one, Jesus himself never mentioned homosexuality yet we see his self proclaimed followers using it as a hate filled device for obvious bigotry and wrong.) A lot of Pastors/Preachers/Ministers read a passage and interpret it how they believe it was supposed to be meant and since they are the teachers it gets passed down until messages are completely distorted.
If you think about it, all religions end up at the same place. They all have a central force that ties everything together. We may view it differently and we may call it different things. We may have different paths through the forest, but once we are out – we are together. I know I will get debated on that point but tell me, if your god is merciful, why would he condemn someone because they interpreted him/her differently?
Anyway to my point, we need more religious tolerance in this country. We have the right to worship however we please, so why should people be ridiculed and looked down upon because of how they choose to? Please reflect on your beliefs and tell me if what I’ve said isn’t true. Read into something before you judge and make statements. Please.
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