The Paradigm Shift Toward Marriage Equality
I was once a bigot. My parents and my era taught me wrong. In the expanse of a long life, I woke up and changed my mind. In penance for my youthful zealotry, I am compelled to share this insight with other bigots so they will recognize blindness to be a necessary step toward their enlightenment. I was once blind. But now I see.
The unenlightened mistakenly superimpose onto the Modern Age antiquated conventions of 100+ generations past once forged by an emerging, but naïve, culture of man. Today, this festering anachronism persecutes innocent homosexuals who suffer daily bigotry, hatred, and even death because of worn-out beliefs.
The paradigm shift has unique sensations about it. When brainwashed bigots begin the course of enlightenment, they resist. Goodness willing, slowly over decades -- through observation, insight, reason, empathy, compassion, understanding, and release -- the mind begins to open. The shoulders let go the heavy weight of prejudice. The heart lays bare its natural desire to love and treat everyone equally. Acceptance, appreciation, and celebration of our diverse humanity replace prejudice, animosity, and hatred. Cleansing of human character occurs within the evolution of the human mind.
The present day paradigm shift toward marriage equality is soon to bring FREEDOM FOR ALL, not just the "chosen ones." I look forward to the Supreme Court justices' decision fast approaching. I trust their wisdom and courage to support equality. They really have no choice.
-- Retired California Teacher, 65, Heterosexual
I wouldn't waste my time debating Sue Brandenburg and her arguments -- all based on gossip, half-truths, guesses, hostility, and her spare-time hobby of planting splinters in the skin of her enemies. She isn't happy until she publicly embarrasses, crucifies, and smears those who make her jealous or mad. For years, Sue has sought out peripheral bystanders in an effort to gain more soldiers for her cause. I know, because she tried like the devil to recruit me long ago. Since then, I've watched how she operates. She drops names of "high-class" acquaintances, beats the drum of "WE think" and "WE know," and bubbles over the BIG lawsuit she's working on with her attorney "friend" with huge rooms of file cabinets FULL of information that will soon BANKRUPT this city, her target. What a waste of life and taxpayer money. When the Arkley newspaper allowed her the voice to slander innocents, I enjoyed watching that paper fizzle and die. Since the Times Standard's handed her a megaphone, sadly, I see karma's going to have it's way again. And we need a good paper in town. Shucks! This angry woman can't get her facts straight for all the gossip/misinformation filtered through her mouth and pen. It's nice to know the Journal hands others the microphone.
I'm a neighbor on F Street. The blight is as disgusting as Linda describes. And it's getting worse. Some use it as a personal dumpsite. Others, a toilet. Who can guess why the owner cut the trees in half last month? Frankly, I've eyed the bricks for years, now piled on site. I could put them to good use in my garden not a block away. How can I get those bricks? I'm glad someone finally wrote this article. Bravo!
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Dec 1, 2016
vol XXVII issue 48
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