I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it is never okay to take away a person’s free speech. I believe if you take away one persons free speech it makes it easier to take away someone elses. For example, if you say Westboro Church can’t legally picket gay rallies or funerals how can you say that gay activists can glitterbomb people? True, even most Christians find Westboro offensive, but a lot of people don’t agree with homosexuality. As long as it doesn’t cross the line into violence or legislation, everyone should be able to say or think what they want. We walk a really thin line when it comes to freedom of speech. I think we need to turn most of our speech into EDUCATION on both sides. Instead of just calling people names say, “hey this is why we believe this. This is why we don’t like this behaviour.”
But again, I have SO MANY FEELINGS about this and all of them contradict.
Okay, this is wrong because it somehow gets across the idea that being gay is something you can be “against”. Like you can be “against” someone who’s Asian, or has red hair, or has freckles. Being gay is WHO YOU ARE, it is not an OPINION that you can be for or against.
Jimmy Carter, relevant now more than ever. (via gaywrites)
Jimmy Carter is so BAMFY, it hurts. There’s also this.
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. A devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, Carter left the church in 2000 because of ideologically differences where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcement comes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls “on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women.”
Jimmy F**king Carter, ladies and gentlemen.
(I always love when he’s on the Daily Show, so adorable.)
You are a perfectly acceptable human being right now, this minute. You are just as valid as any other human being, without changing a single thing about yourself. That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to want to grow, evolve or improve yourself, or you can’t do better sometimes, it just means right now this instant, you are worthy of your own self love. Even if it is hard to love yourself sometimes (and boy, is it!), or you’re struggling with some really difficult stuff in your life, you still deserve it.
So dearest you, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and give the best version of you that you can give, but know that even in the tough times, you are still valid, worthy and deserving of your own self love."