(AKA More things that will probably piss you off about me: )
1. I was raised Episcopal. What's that? It's a somewhat progressive and Anglican-derived sect of Christianity that seems to concern itself a tad more with manners and decorum than fire and brimstone or the Rapture. The focus is mainly New Testament and Easter + the ascension are a pretty big deal. We don't proselytize. What gained some degree of notoriety was that we're okay with having female ministers. On the issue of gay marriage the sect is evenly divided 50/50, with half feeling it is a blasphemy and the other half being either begrudgingly accepting of it or potentially open to the idea. We don't do individualized confessions like some of the other sects do (there is no one-on-one thing, you also won't find a confession booth in an Episcopal Church), instead opting for a more generalized blanket approach where there are some hymns and a psalm about forgiveness and resolve to be a better person to oneself and one's neighbors. There isn't a pope so the highest ranking cleric we've got is an archbishop. Who, yeah, defers to the pope. Not every sect gets to have a pope, you know.
2. I'm pro-choice. Yeah, pro-life people won't like that much. Look, the way I see it men aren't the ones who get pregnant and it takes a tremendous amount of time, money, stress, nutrients and other resources to rear a child. So I believe it should ultimately be up to the woman whether she wants to have a baby or not. No sense forcing her to have one if she doesn't feel she'd make a fit parent. I'm not making light of abortion, it's still a pretty serious topic/issue. I just... have a hard time not seeing the telling of other people how to run their lives and control of their personal/intimate activities as something immoral. If you don't like it, don't do it yourself. Don't give other people a hard time about it.
3. I eat meat. Yeah, I know, But meat is bad for you because blah, blah, blah and animals are fellow living creatures so eating plants is less cruel, etc.
Guess what? If you analyze our tooth types in our mouth you find a combination of cutting and grinding, chewing specialized teeth because people are designed to be omnivorous. Also, plants are also living things. You're still killing living things when you eat plants. I suppose the only real alternative then is to eat rocks?
Good luck with that...
I like eating both vegetables and meat. Meat helps remind me that humans are still a type of animal when you get down to it. Look, it was sacrificed so that you could intake its component matter/substances as nutrients to build yourself... I'm not going to turn my nose up at it. Also, when you've got as many allergies as I do, there's already enough things that you can't or should not eat without having to add moral dietary restrictions on top of that.
4. It doesn't particularly bother me that I'll probably go to hell. Yes, this is something other Christians tend to have a very hard time with and get uneasy about.
See, the way I figure it... no amount of praying for forgiveness truly erases or undoes the sins you've already done. People still got hurt by your actions. The only thing then you can really do as far as I can figure is resolve to be a better person. Also, you know what? Instead of losing sleep over it I figure I ought to leave it up to God almighty to decide since scriptures basically say that's what He's to do during the Time of Judgment and in a way, worrying about or excessively trying to police the behavior of others to control their fate is a form of playing God, which last time I checked is kind of a sin for mankind to do, right?
5. Do the ends justify the means?: If the skills I gain are ultimately to be used in service to others then does that still make them bad? Some people are against the practice of medicine and use of technology. They think it is a form of witchcraft or idolatry. That or more simply that it can be overly materialistic and neglects the holistic and spiritual side of things if you let yourself become overly reductionist.
The former is arguable either way, I'd say you've got a better argument philosophically about the latter. However, it isn't like I'm trying to raise the dead, enslave humanity or wipe out entire populations via ethnic cleansing or genocide (the lathering dictatorial cleanser) so stfu plz.
6. Celibacy is for monks! I believe that one explains itself. And no, I don't think that means having hedonistic orgies is a good idea (definitely never said that).
7. Drugs: Addictions are bad. That one is a no brainer. However, some drugs that can be abused also when used correctly do serve a therapeutic role or have medical use. To throw the baby out with the bathwater seems overly short-sighted. Personally I don't believe in the gateway theory. The evidence in support of it tends to be shoddy at best. I'm not saying go out and smoke a bunch of crack or inject yourself full of crap but I do feel like the War on Drugs is somewhat of a big waste of money which could perhaps be better spent on infrastructure for the public good or education (that's my liberal side sounding off right there.
). Why waste money in endless moral crusades when it could be better spent on goals with a more finite beginning, middle and end?
8. Corporate welfare at taxpayer expense is ridiculous. How come the same people who balk at governments assisting small businesses are curiously silent about anticompetitive practices that get worked into legislation to support big businesses? Why isn't there more talk about the damage caused by large companies outsourcing?
All the fuss about undocumented illegal immigrant workers who for the most part take on the crappy jobs that we ourselves don't want because they are willing to be paid less than minimum wage seems ironic. I guess the real problem with illegal immigrants is people don't like they collect benefits from our system without paying the taxes that people who immigrate legally, residents, and citizens do. That's a whole 'nother issue and too many folks seem uncomfortable with acknowledging it compared to whining about how "they took our jobs!1!!"
. No, the large businesses which decided to outsource or switch to automation and mistake reducing expenditures via massive downsizing for a way to 'create' profits did a fine enough job of that on their own.
9. Violence and sex in the media: Yeah, some people think there is too much of it. Other people think there is not enough. Me, I feel like some is okay as long as everybody has a clear understanding of the difference between fantasy and reality. Once in awhile you get delusional idiots who think that it's okay to go all John Wu/Quentin Tarantino on a school, hospital or their workplace. Those people did nothing to you. They aren't the reason why your life is crappy. Not cool homicidal people, not cool.
Also, I don't care what your effing political beliefs are... blowing up a bunch of unassociated bystanders is going to be read as that you are an asshole more than a statement about whatever particular cause it is you think you are acting in support of by doing that shit. As for sex... well, rather than get all hung up on that people are having it... I'd rather leave well enough that goes on between two consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom alone and worry about other things like prostitution or gang violence. The emphasis there is on consenting. Coerced sex is bad, ok?
These two issues bring me to my next point which is:
10. Censorship: Rather than just banning all the controversial stuff and trying to police everybody in a hypervigilant big-brothery total information awareness little Orwellian lovefest, instead why not focus on teaching how there are acceptable and unacceptable behaviors and how your actions influence other people? Yeah, some people won't care and will continue to do whatever they want but that there are both good and bad people in this world is somewhat of a constant in this life. That's my belief on it anyway.
Okay, yeah, those are my opinions. You don't have to agree with them. You don't even have to like them. I'm still going to have them though. Also, since those are my strongest held ones you're probably going to be wasting your time to try and convince me otherwise on them. So in the spirit of fairness we can agree to disagree if that's the case.
Ordinarily I tend to keep these to myself unless asked about it but the pestering I've been getting from some people continually about my supposed not having a moral compass when it would actually be more accurate to say I do have one but that it is aligned somewhat differently from theirs was starting to get on my nerves!