Emerson really knew what he was talking about:
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
My critics, as of late, have been pretty forceful in communicating to me that speaking up means I want them to change their core beliefs, that I am not tolerant of their beliefs, or… I don’t really know what it is they think I think. Take this guy for example:
“your [sic] not changing anything, just making yourself look petty. There are some that believe homosexuality is a sexual perversion. Your [sic] can blog all you want about it, but you aren’t going to change their minds, and everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions.”
I agree with the last statement: everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions. That includes me. And I’d like to set the record straight on my own beliefs and opinions. I’ve never asked nor have I ever believed that Christians (or any other religion) need to change their beliefs on homosexuality. I just want to exist, go to work or school, come home, put my feet up, spend my free time with Dan, and enjoy all the other benefits other couples in my country enjoy. The only thing I’ve asked in regard to your religious beliefs is that if you believe in being kind to others (because that seems to be the core belief of most religions), that can include me (without threatening your right to worship how, where, or what you want).
I like what this guy has to say on the subject: