Monday, June 14, 2010

I Am The Enemy

I serve my country proudly, and have deployed to Afghanistan. I stand, remove my hat, and place my hand over my heart during the national anthem, and correct others who don't. I am on my first and only marriage, and have always been faithful. I am loyal to my friends and family. I often place the happiness and comfort of others in front of my own. I volunteer over a thousand hours a year to help those without a voice, and I donate more than 10% of my yearly salary to others that do the same.

And yet, according to the criteria presented by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and others, I am the enemy that needs to be stopped. Why? I am a liberal atheist. I believe that two consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation, have every right to the legal and emotional benefits of marriage, as well as to raise children. I believe that the phrase emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." still applies. I demand not only a good reason to go to war, but proper planning for war. I don't believe that any policies or laws should be based upon the teachings of religion or a belief in a higher power, but rather on the innate morality of mankind.

Beware of me.

1 comment:

  1. well, my dear friend, that makes 2 of us now!