“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
I am definitely going to go out on a limb today. I just cannot sit back and let it go.
I have been giving a great deal of thought to the events that have happened here in Boise, Idaho as a result of this year’s Legislative Session. Basically, I am stunned that discrimination based on ignorance and fear is alive and well in Idaho.
There is a “freedom of religion” bill that is wreaking havoc right now in Idaho. But is this supposed “freedom” in turn a form of discrimination? If not, what is it, really? I read the following in a blog http://crystalstmarielewis.com/ recently: “Are we as Christians burdening others with “the law,” despite Christ’s obvious disagreement with this sort of practice? The essence of Christianity is found in the impact we make on the world and not in our ability to follow a stringent moral code. “ Yes, indeed!
My heart is breaking for many of my friends right now. We should agree to disagree and remember that conversation can be the door that opens solutions. We can listen to each other and collaborate on this topic. Over 300 people showed up at the Statehouse in opposition, and yet lawmakers sent the bill forward. Did these elected officials choose to not listen to the people? Why?
The purpose of bringing up this subject is to create awareness of the suffering we cause when we impose our beliefs on others. I doubt God would approve of this sort of behavior. I firmly believe He wants us to act with compassion, love and understanding for each other.
In order to make that positive impact on life and hopefully the lives of others, I strive to demonstrate the same principles of compassion, love and understanding in my daily life. It takes a lot of deep breaths these days.
Peace, my friends.