Stand up for what you believe in, even if it goes against the current status quo.

Such a Long Week

Hey y’all! I am so sorry this post is a bit delayed. I have been at training for my new job now for a week, and let me tell you, it has been a LONG week.

A week full of speakers and instruction. But out of all the days, yesterday was possibly the longest. A speaker came in to talk about GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) and the responsibility I have to that community.

I just sat there praying that the presentation would be about how we don’t have the right to discriminate against them because of their sexual orientation. And while that was talked about quite a bit, it became clear early on, and was brought up often, that I was expected to be an ally (advocated) for the GLBT community. If any of you have not heard the term “ally” referred to GLBT, in short, I am expected to put aside my morals/ethics and be a spokesperson for gay rights.

Let me tell you that I do not think it is my place to judge anyone, and I try hard to maintain a non-judgemental attitude. I don’t treat people differently because they are gay. I do not feel weird around them. They are human beings just like me. I treat them with respect. But I do not find their lifestyle morally acceptable, and I can not, with a free conscience, stand there an advocated for same-sex marriage and gay rights.

Not only did the rest of my co-workers and I sit there listening to the woman speak about gay rights and the laws that are not in place to protect their rights, but at the end we were expected to act in a short skit. The skits were real situations about mistreatment of GLBT members. In one way, I understand why she did the skits: to help us understand that this discrimination is real and that people are getting harassed and mistreated. In the other sense, it was extremely uncomfortable.

During the entire three-hour presentation, I felt like the only person in the room who has sticking to my beliefs. If someone was closed off in the beginning and sticking to what they believed in, they had given into believing that homosexuality was ok in the end.

As a conservative college student in a liberal college world, these sorts of situations happen often. But it never ceases to amaze me how many people are so easily swayed by a single presentation.

My challenge to you other college kids is this: Stay open-minded. Listen to what people are saying. Don’t sit there and judge them. But don’t back down on what you believe is right. Don’t sacrifice your morals and values. Treat everyone with respect. But expect them to respect you in return. Be who you are. Don’t let anyone tell you that your conservative views are wrong or faulty. And trust in God in everything that you do.

Have a great day!

~Lucy

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Comments on: "Such a Long Week" (3)

  1. I really like that one. Keep up the good work on your blog.

  2. TerranceH said:

    NewStatusQuo,

    I’ve flipped back and forth on my views regarding SS-M. At the end of the day, however, I think my arguments against SS-M are quite strong, but lack any sense of humanity.

    There is no real reason why we should prohibit two consenting adults from enjoying all the legal benefits of marraige. If you can think of one, let me know.

    I reject moral absolutism most generally. That isn’t to say I’m a moral relativist, but I would certainly classify as a moral pluralist.

    Let me offer you an example.

    The Dinnka Tribe in Southern Sudan has a very perculiar and seemingly barbaric custom of placing their religious leaders in a hole and covering them with cow dung until they suffocate.

    It sounds totally barbaric and morally wrong. Doesn’t it?

    Now what if I told you that the religious leaders do this willingly. They live their entire lives for the very moment they are placed in the ground and buried alive. To them, it is like donating a kidney or some other organ, something we in America do all the time. We injury ourselves to give another life. They give their lives so that their tribe may continue to live and prosper. To them, giving their lives in such a way is the greatest honor they could ever achieve.

    After learning that bit of information, do you still think it’s morally wrong?

    Some people may suggest that your lifestyle is morally wrong. For no apparent reason other than your religions beliefs, you have said that homosexuals live a life that is morally unacceptable. What if others found that statement morally unacceptable? What if others found your insistence moraly unacceptable? Your refusal to be an advocate for gay rights?

    What then?

    You’re obviously a very bright girl and I’m glad you hold firm to your beliefs.

    • The arguments against same sex marriage do not lack humanity. I think I said this is a previous post, but marriage is not a right. It’s a privilege. God gave marriage to humans as a way to honor and praise Him. Not to do selfish things with it, although we are able to through free will.
      Marriage has one definition and one definition only. It is between a man and a woman. Not two men. Not two women.
      As for your example about the Dinnka Tribe. It is extremely barbaric, and yes it is still morally wrong to suffocate someone. But I guess I would have to do more research on it because I am not too familiar with pagan rituals.
      I am sure that people find my stance on gay marriage unacceptable. In the GLBT talk I sat through, the presenter (thought not talking directly to me) said that it is discriminatory to disagree with gay marriage or gay rights. She said that if anyone wanted to prohibit same sex marriage, they were going above and beyond to discriminate. I do disagree with her. Just because I don’t agree with gay marriage doesn’t mean I am going above and beyond to discriminate against them. I don’t see it as discrimination. If I were walking around beating people up who were gay, or if I used slang words, or allowed others to treat the GLBT community with disrespect, that would be me discriminating against them. I do none of those things. They are human beings. I treat them with the same amount of respect. I just can’t allow myself to advocate for their rights because I find it morally unacceptable.
      I do understand also that my religious explanation is not completely satisfactory. I understand I should use different points in another argument. But because my faith is so important to me, that explanation is the best one for me to use to help people understand why I believe what I believe and why I stand to it so firmly.

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