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Imagine not being able to say what religion you believe in. Or that you don't believe in any religion.
Imagine a place where expressing your opinion about marriage, divorce, abortion or the death penalty was illegal, and where people were intolerant of anyone who's view differed from theirs.
That place would suck, wouldn't it?
I live in America and have been lucky (hardly seems like a powerful enough word) enough to never know what it is like to have to hide what I believe in for fear of being shot or thrown in jail. And, being that I am an American, one can, and should assume that what is written here are written in an American tone of voice.
Do people disagree sometimes? Sure. Am I sometimes wrong? Yes. But never-ever-has anyone ever disrespected me here or harassed me because of what I believe.
And I am saddened that there are people out there that would do that. To anyone.
What makes this world beautiful is that opinions are shared, discussed and yes, sometimes debated. But that is okay. In fact, it is what makes it so beautiful. Passionate people talking about passionate topics.
I will never understand why one human being would hurt another human being-either physically or verbally-simply because their views differ. It is incomprehensible to me, really, how, for example only, a Catholic could hurt a Muslim or a purple person could hate a green one.
Today, and everyday, I ask that you take the time to appreciate the freedoms that you have to hold and express your own opinions and to respect the fact that your neighbor also has that same right. You don't have to agree. You can even debate.
But always, always...respect.