Facebook is a great way for me to contact people from the past en masse in 30 seconds or less. I love that I can let everyone on my list know what I'm up to whenever I'm online, and I get to see little snapshots of others as well. (for those unfamiliar, when you sign on to FB, there's a little tag at the top that says "Emily is...." and you get to fill in the blank.).
Anyway, yesterday I plugged in that I was disappointed, but not surprised. And that I would be praying for Obama. Yes, I was referring to the stand he takes on gay rights and the fact that he's pushing his pro-abortion agenda. Well, there's an old friend who's on my FB list who's gay, and I had to explain my comment. Basically I said, gays make a decision, and are usually mature enough to handle the repercussions. The unborn have no voice. Today I get an earful about how he'd never wish his lifestyle on another, and he volunteers in the foster care system and sees children who would have been better off aborted. And I'm told I'm small-minded.
This just breaks my heart.
Homosexuals, whether by nature or nuture (a debate I son't care to get into right now), have resources available to them. There are antidiscrimination laws in place to give them equal footing in the world. There are groups to be part of, churches organized specifically to minister to them. Thye have each other to rely on. As for the "lifestyle", I deal with something similar. I'm fat. I face legal discrimination fairly often. Yes, I make a decision not to lose weight (I'm not addicted to food, but it's very VERY hard to lose weight, and I just don't have the strength of character). Unlike gays, I have no "closet" to come out of. My big butt doesn't even FIT in the closet! So I get that being gay isn't all fun and games. But it is a decision.
What kills me is the comment that there are kids out there who would be better off unborn, killed in utero. I never thought I'd be a card-carrying pro-lifer, but the older I get, the more passionate I feel about this. Every baby deserves a chance. Every one of them. Rape, incest cases, every one. God doesn't make mistakes. God makes opportunities. So many out there are hungry for a child to love, and are unable produce life. It seems unfair that someone can squander such a gift while others stand aside and watch, wistfully. And for our tax dollars to be spent paying for what boils down to murder? Heresy!
I'm not sure exactly where I was going with this post. You almost hate to express your opinion, afraid that you will offend someone. And the sad fact is, you probably will offend. But, darn it, I'm entitled to an opinion. And I'm entitled to express it. I hope I didn't make anyone else mad. But if I did, we probably wouldn't be friends anyway.