@RBECK, indeed, my father was a Blue Devil during WWII. It was the 88th Infantry Division, which fought in Italy. Dad was a POW there. The story goes that Axis Sally of the German army radio gave them that name.
KAYT, you asked for education, so here is a short lesson. Many, if not most, of our white Christian neighbors have been the dominant political and economic power for so many years--hundreds of years--that they consider it their "right" to do what they've always done. Perhaps they can't see their privileged position because they've never seen any other perspective. Now, The Others are demanding the same rights, and you're really angry.
No, you don't have the right, in the US of A, to discriminate against others because your personal version of the One True God says you must. And yes, you are losing some of your religious freedom--IF you actually believe that Jesus wanted you to discriminate. Other religions don't have the right to do animal sacrifice, and Christians don't have the right to tell gay people or Muslims that they will not be served. It's the UNITED States of America. We ALL live here, under the Constitution, which says that equal protection applies to "any person within its jurisdiction." You might also note that the Founders said any "person" and not "citizen." If a person is in our jurisdiction--if they can be told what to do by a police officer, for instance--then they get the same equality as you and me, no matter what your religion says.
If the Founders thought we should adopt Christian beliefs in our laws, they could have easily done so. Most people were Christian then, and the Virginia Colony was actually a literal theocracy, requiring a state religion. But the Founders, who often wrote of God, never once included a religious reference in the Constitution, the very basic and overarching law of our land. They were quite wise. A religious state, like Iran, cannot be a representative democracy for long.
The Common Sense that you appeal to has failed you because, as Einstein said, common sense is just the set of prejudices that one has accumulated by age eighteen.
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Rich, a very nice letter. Kayt, you generally did a good job describing some of your beliefs. The posters who simply spewed hate against you did so quickly and foolishly to the detriment of their own cause. However, I do not believe you stated what rights had been taken away before. Also, I am wondering what your response is to Rich's concerns about this administration, as they are very close to mine. The dishonesty from this administration is appalling. There are many other concerns too, such as cronyism. And others, but no need to cause an avalanche.
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