Sunday, April 10, 2011

Politics and Religion

Two things you're never supposed to talk about with someone--politics and religion. I, however, love a good debate and love to hear other people's opinions. I am not so hard headed that I cannot listen to someone else's view and appreciate their beliefs. Earlier this week, the gov't nearly went into shut down over the budget; one of the biggest issues was funding for Planned Parenthood. Those of you who do not know, I am strong advocate of Planned Parenthood; a lot of people see the words "Planned Parenthood" and immediately think of abortion, but in reality, Only 3%  of their services are abortion-in fact a lot of pp's don't even provide abortion services-they send you else where.

In a passionate fit, I posted a few things on facebook about our congresspeople working for us and how to contact them, I also posted that religion has no place in government because of one of the main principles this country was founded on; separation of church and state. For the record, I'm "Christian-ish" I believe in God, I think the bible is a decent book to guide your life on and I believe that above all, we ought to love one another and treat each other the way we want to be treated.

Imagine my shock when I opened up my email last night to find a "welcome" email from the Christian Coalition. Someone apparently thought I needed a good dose of Jesus in my life. Not only did they sign me up, the also created an account for me-one that I cannot log into because I don't have the password, so until I can get a hold of someone at the CC and prove to them that it was not ME signing up, I'm stuck getting these damn emails (well, in my spam folder anyway, ha ha) I really cannot imagine what would possess someone to sign me up for something like this-I mean, honest to God, I'm happy to listen to your views if you want to talk to me about them. I have great respect for other peoples' religious beliefs even if I don't necessarily agree with them.

Of course, I'm not TOO surprised by the fact that I've started receiving these sorts of emails again; after all during election season when I made it clear that I was a full supporter of Barack Obama I received many many MANY emails from the McCain campaign, the right to life campaign, Sarah Palin's campaign and various other right wing entities. It was such a display of immaturity all I could do was laugh. I am a firm believer in standing behind your words and think it's very amusing when people can't come right out and TELL me that they don't agree with me; instead they sign me up for a ton of email listings that are supposed to show me the "truth" or something.

In the meantime, while I'm busy deleting emails, I'll be waiting for the coward(s) who signed me up to come to their senses and realize that standing behind their words and their beliefs is FAR more influential than typing in someone's email address and sitting back and snickering.

3 comments:

Kristin said...

Good for you. To paraphrase the great poet-philosopher Dr. Seuss, those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

Or, shake the haterz off. Both apply. :)

Shay said...

I don't know how they think that would help you - by signing you up for emails so you'll "see the light?" LOL. Very childish. If we disagree, I state my opinion & we discuss or I just keep it to myself - there's no reason to go crazy about it because people are never going to agree on everything!

erin said...

I'm sure you've been busily reading the useful information coming your way ;) How amusing that someone would think that getting what is essentially junk mail to you would sway your thinking!

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