Friday, October 31, 2008
A major issue here in CA is Proposition 8 which says, "The state of CA will recognize marriage only between a man and a woman". As of right now, gay people have the exact same rights as married people. They can even get a civil union. The only thing they stand to gain from this amendment to the constitution not passing is approbation and ability to adopt easier.
If it doesn't pass, the majority of the people who are not gay or lesbians, will lose freedoms. Churches they belong to will lose their tax exempt status if they don't allow same-sex marriages. This could cause many churches to close, some will lose the freedom of going to their church. They will lose the right to explain to their children - at a time they deem appropriate - what "gay" means (sexual preference) and why they do/don't believe in it. Same-sex marriage will have to be taught as equal as traditional marriage, starting as early as kindergarten. Now religious people have quiet differences from those who are gay or support the gays. If Prop 8 doesn't pass, the law will require all federal organizations to push their lack of morals on everyone else. Having chosen a partner with whom procreation is impossible, I think they should have to accept the consequences. There is no research proving that people are "born gay"; one study showed it's a psychological disease like schizophrenia.
The fact that the gay community is so determined to gain approval from what is mainly the religious community - a community very few gays are members of for the obvious reason Christians see sodomy as a sin - makes me question what they themselves think of their abnormal sexual behavior. If they don't think what they're doing is wrong, why do they want everyone to accept it? If they think it's O.K., why can't they just live with quiet certitude that they're different and that's O.K.? It's fine if they want to live that way; it just bugs me they want everyone to accept, not just tolerate, what they do in their bedroom. It seems to me they gain very little whereas the majority will lose immeasurably. I see this as expanding the pleasure-seeking and rationalization that is rampantly growing out of control. They already have the freedom to be gay whereas we, meaning the majority, will lose many freedoms.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It's been awhile, and thank you for your guesses and support! As I'm sure you know, I will be serving in the Mexico, Mexico City East Mission for the next 2 yrs. starting Jan. 21! Here's a couple of pictures to show ya first hand. It's nice to know I've been born into such a wonderful family.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Cami ($1): Japan
Paul ($1): Asia (I guess Brianna and I are the only smart ones choosing WHOLE continents): but I guess if I had to narrow it down a little I would have to say Thailand.
Katelynn ($1): She says "Ai yi" which means "aunt" in Chinese so I guess she is saying China
-We will be using Paypal to pay for these guesses, or since Mark and Marianne have been so lucky to handle some things for us in the states you can just get it from them :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
William in the ER after getting his splint on.
Ready to go home with his sling!
Finally found a shirt to fit for church.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Emma & Mattie-($2) France
Sam- ($1) Vancouver Canada
Tom- ($1) Ontario Canada
Keriann- ($1) Everett Washington
Mark - ($1) Australia
Marianne - ($1) Atlanta GA
Holland - ($1) Brazil
Cate - ($1) Russia
Caleb - ($1) South Africa
Taylor - ($1) Viva Costa Rica
Anyone can participate.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So this afternoon I was taking a shower (finally) and I thought about Mattie coming home from school and I was laughing my head off (the girls have to walk about a half mile from the bus stop). So I had to take some pictures to share with you. For some of you this may be reminiscent of Ethan coming home from school.
Coming up the steps: