|This beautiful Crux can be found at WoodPsalms, and is $69.00. He's a fellow Texan artist!|
No one was excluded. No one was told they could not come. It was organized by a Christian group, yes, but there was no bouncer at the door allowing only Christians inside. Our beliefs are all different. That is part of what make our country great, isn't it? The fact that we are all able, and free, to worship as we see fit?
Secondly, no one was forced to participate in the day of prayer. That is what the separation of church and state prevents! We cannot ask our elected officials to turn their back on their faith, of water it down, simply because they are now elected officials. Likewise, they cannot enforce their beliefs upon us. Governor Perry did not force anyone to join in the day of prayer. Those who did not wish to participate did not have to, or, they could do their own thing. And they did!
Many non-believer's held their own observance called The Day of Sinning and Debauchery.
|I think this print from Joyfully Yours, at $2.50 sums its up nicely. We have freedoms, and freedoms come with responsibility!|
I'm not going to protest outside.
I'm not going to cry discrimination.
Why? Because they have every right, the freedom to do what they choose to do, whether I agree with it or not. What angers me, is that many of those people don't want to allow me, and my family, to do the very same thing they want to do - express their religion as they see fit. They protested. The shouted. They sued.
Since when did we start believing that everything has to include everyone? Should we be tolerant and respectful of others? Certainly. But we shouldn't have to compromise our own beliefs just to cater to another. It reminds me of my kids....
|Isn't this prayer box from everybeadofmyart lovely! Its $4.75, and I LOVE the shop name!|
To demand Christians to stop publicly displaying their faith, while allowing everyone else to continue displaying their faith is wrong. Non-Christians have every right to lives their lives as they see fit, and so do I.
|Weizen has a ton of neat posters like this! You can get each one for $7!|
And I will...because its freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. With freedom comes responsibility. We must rememeber that everyone in this country has the same freedoms, whether you are a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, or a non-believer. I'll never stop practicing what I believe, and I won't water it down so you are more comfortable. I'm not uncomfortable when I see someone of another faith practicing. Why? Because I'm comfortable in my own faith. So if seeing me practice mine makes you uncomfortable, then maybe you should take a closer look at what you believe.
And the funny thing? Much of the Texas panhandle did get rain on Saturday. Not as much as we really needed, but it was still rain. Further proof that God's timing is great, and He has a great sense of humor!