“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Recently, A friend of mine has been discriminated against by another friend. Everyone has a right to their opinion and this is mine.

To Adam,

It is not right to have to fight for love. It is not right to be discriminated against because of your sexual orientation. It is not right to suffer through a constant battle against people with a negative view against LGBT rights. I am so sorry that you must endure this heart ache. I am so sorry we live in a world where people put gender into a tidy little box of; boy or girl, pink or blue, black or white, or good or bad. It is a lie.

To many people do not have the heart to see that homosexuality / all LGBT, has been around long before America came of age. America is a toddler. A tantrum throwing, whining, judging, and confused little toddler, just trying to make its place in the world. America is about 200 years old… but the human civilization is thousands of years old.

I believe everyone grows into their own views through nature and nurture. Ethnocentrism (is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture.) being one of the most dangerous views that we may not be able to truly step back and see another’s views. I believe there are levels of ethnocentrism, such as a American culture, inner family culture, a city culture, and more powerful than all the individual values and morals. Some people have a terrible moral compass. It really is an atrocity. It is a inability to speak with true reflection, assessment, and compassion for another human being. Some do not contemplate the meaning of the words they so commonly use. The phrase “sticks and stones” could not be more wrong. I want you to know that I stand behind you. I believe in you and I am proud of you. I want you to know that there will be a day when this battle will be over, and I truly believe this.

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.
We must take a lesson from history; that marriage has not always been this “perfect” union we think of today. It is a fairly new revelation. People do not want to move away from their comfort zones, to learn and to love the differences in every individual. I strive to put love first in all my actions; for my family, friends, and complete strangers.
Below is one of my favorite Roman love stories.
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Hadrian’s Story of true love.

“Roman Emperor, Hadrian, was in a homosexual relationship with a young Greek male called Antinous. Homosexual relationships were not considered unusual in ancient Rome. A Roman man was free to choose sexual partners of either gender and there is no word for homosexuality in Latin.” It is thought that on a trip down the Nile, that the Antinous drowned to save Hadrian. The intensity with which Hadrian loved and mourned Antinous’ premature death was without precedent. He began architectural memorials, created numerous ceremonies and festivals in his name, and named cities after him. Every sculpture from the time after Antinous death was sculpted in his image.”

Love does not know gender, nor color, nor disability, nor any inequality.

And to those with a religious argument:

25And one day an authority on the law stood up to put Jesus to the test. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”

26What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?” 27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’(Deuteronomy 6:5) And, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ” 28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”.

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