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Lately I’ve been starting big debates with some of my gay rights posts on Facebook. One of the most mind-boggling hurdles someone threw my way was “We need to deal with the rights of common citizens that are being taken away first before we go granting new rights to people.” (Idea quoted not original text.)

And it’s been sitting on my mind for a while driving me nuts. I’ve been wondering if I should actually back down a bit and let other things get handled first. Besides, gay marriage might only be important to me for personal reasons where other things may affect our country more. But then I realized something huge.

By saying anyone can get married, except gays, you are taking rights away from a people group. These are not extra rights being given to homosexuals. Right now the government is basically saying “heterosexuals, you can take your relationship farther than homosexuals can.” And that is where the special treatment lies.

Don’t try to tell me that gays can cheat the system and get protections through wills and stuff. Yes they can but they shouldn’t have to go a complicated route with all sorts of paperwork and layers. If heterosexuals can go in, pay a small fee and walk out protected of many things by laws, so should homosexuals. If you want to make homosexuals take the difficult road, then abolish government protected marriage and walk down that path yourself.

I am happily married in what the world views as a heterosexual marriage but my husband and I would gladly give that up to walk that paperwork and layer road if it meant everyone was on equal footing. But since we aren’t I will fight for the rights that have been denied to an entire people group because they love someone who is their same sex.

Anti-gay rights people are withholding rights. They are bigots and they will lose this fight. I don’t need to prove that point. Time will do it for me and anti gay groups will be looked at the same way we today look at anti-black groups.

This is not a religious fight. No one gets to excuse their bigotry because God doesn’t approve of gays. It is a rights fight for the rights of our fellow citizens.

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Due to my last few posts, I have received many comments, some phone calls, and a few emails regarding different aspects that I have touched on and many that I haven’t. I would like to take this post to directly address a number of things.

First and foremost, I would like to apologize to non-judging religious people who I have represented incorrectly or underrepresented completely. You come from all religions. Whether your spiritual book of rules tells you that a certain lifestyle choice is wrong or not, you also understand that it is not your place to judge those who are outside of your religion. You have come in many forms but the active readers that I have noticed most are of the Christian variety. I know many of you personally, and I love you all greatly. And if I don’t know you, I still love you for what you are standing for in this. Thank you all!

Secondly, it has been shown to me that I am not being entirely fair to any group by finding the worst of some groups and setting them against some of the best (in my opinion) of another. That is very wrong of me to do. I am sorry for that and look to change this in how I approach my issues from now on.

Thirdly but really just a secondly afterthought or 2.5 or so, even though I have posted harsh or biased views in the past, I will leave up those blogs. I don’t intend to erase a mistake but wish to leave them up and admit I was wrong. From now on though, I will show Christians in support of gay rights, atheists making a good name for us by supporting this or that, and try my hardest to do as much research as I can about something before I post it. (OR at least note where I am lacking.)

Next, I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me thoughts in one way or another due to recent posts. You have all given me so much to think about. Those of you who have shared your views though they differ greatly from mine, I thank you most. I know it isn’t always easy doing so but it’s important. I have been wrong in the way I have presented some things and extremely biased in others. Thank you for helping me see this.

Finally, I wished that this blog could be a place for respectful debates and peaceful discussions of varying views and it really has been. To all of my readers, even the silent ones, thank you. In just yesterday, I hit 100 views. That amazed me. I can only imagine what some of you are not saying about how my posts make you feel and I just wanted to say that if you are giving me any time of the day, thank you. Whether I have your attention for a minute or for hours after every post, thank you for letting me talk to you. Thank you for taking the time to hear my thoughts.

And even more lastly, many of you have asked about the pastor in the video that talked of caging homosexuals so that they could die off without reproducing. Before I give you his name or the church he belongs to, I’d like to plead with you. Whether you are Christian or atheist, belong to his denomination or not, I beg of you to be respectful. If you write a letter or even give him a call or pay him a visit, do not lower yourself to his level. Instead, conduct yourselves with dignity and show him we do not approve of what he says. If you cannot because your emotions will carry you too far, please refrain until you can speak softer. You will be waiting with me. And we will have to work on that very much. Now for his name: according to this article here and by typing the name into google to verify, he is Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C.

Again, thank you all so much for every bit of feedback you have given, every word of mine that you have read and every thought of mine that you have entertained. I look forward to many more posts with you.

Thoughtfully and humbly yours,
~Author Faerie

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A big problem. I am extremely mad.

There is no excuse for this.

You, pastor in video, are the reason hate runs rampant in our. I was always taught the Christians were good and peaceful. I still believe that some are. But you make that very hard for the ones that actually are. Do you remember “love your neighbor as yourself” or “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” or even “do onto others as you would have them do to you”? Tell me, would you like to live like this? I do not care how you excuse your hate. I will not tolerate this. You are the mind of those I will stand against.

Christians who really are peaceful and outraged by this man, please don’t let your church be run by someone like him. Please stay peaceful. You can not like the act of homosexuality, but please never reach the point where you threaten the LGBT community like this. Thank you for your peacefulness. I wish I could hug you. We need more like you.

EDIT: According to this article here and by typing the name into google to verify, he is Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C.

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I post a lot about gay rights. Especially after NC passed amendment 1. But I’d like to let you hear some voices that aren’t mine. (Yes, I know I’ve already put out a few posts like that already.) In this post, I’m just going to list a few good posts. Though I’ll probably still have some stragglers after this, so bear with me.

How one dad is moving forward after amendment one A call for all kinds to look at future generations and decide what we want to leave for them.

“We’ve been together for seven years, and married in our hearts for five. I hope that one day we can come back here and get issued the marriage license that we deserve.”
I will keep fighting for people like this.

That old refrain marriage is between a man and a woman It’s getting a bit worn out.

That should do it for now.

But before I finish this I have a note for my readers, especially my dedicated ones on the opposite belief scale from me: I never intend to lump you all in together when I point out the worst of your fellow believers. I know some of you are very supportive of things you’d rather not be because of your beliefs. To those of you like this, I greatly thank you. You are the reasons I will continue to fight for your right to practice whatever religion you choose.

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I watched this today and became very upset. Atheists do exist. That is not up for debate. I am one, I hang out with many and see even more. We exist and we want others to know that they aren’t alone. That is what these billboards are for. They do not impose on religious beliefs. They rally a kind together.

Watch this:

Under attack? Really?.

I don’t say that Christians don’t exist because they are of a belief that is opposite of mine. Mainly because its stupid. I know they exist and I love many Christians. They are among my family and friends. Some of them read this blog. You exist and so does your religion. I exist, as does atheism. We can debate about who’s right only after admitting that we both exist.

So, hi, I’m an atheist. What are you? Let’s talk and be civil. I’m not threatening your beliefs just by holding different ones. We threaten each other when we deny a right because of these beliefs. So let’s not do that here. How about we just talk.

What do you say to that? Truce.

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I mentioned being upset over the proposed NC amendment one. Sadly, it passed. North Carolina now recognizes only marriages between a man and a women. You can look up all the dangers on your own of what can now happen to civil unions and domestic partnerships. Just google the amendment and you’ll get personal stories, political stories, news, and so many other things to field through.

But really, just watch this and try to feel what he feels no matter what you think about the LGBT community.

Thank you for your time.

PS If you haven’t yet and it applies to you: please sign this.

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I’ve heard the argument against gay marriage that it will ruin the sanctity of marriage. I hope this comic – which is more disturbing and frustrating to me than funny – helps you see the absurdity of that argument.

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