Hairball is getting ready to attend a conservative summit and we couldn’t be more excited to hobnob with others that echo the message of this blog and, as always, we hope to make a difference in the thinking of others and begin to reshape this country of ours to the way it should be.
Still, we are reluctant suddenly to mention our upcoming travels to others and it’s a shame for having the opportunity to attend such an event should warrant bragging rights. Why you ask? Are we not proud for our stance on what is wrong with this country and what we can do to make it better? We are, but we also realize that we are about to enter of den of lions aggressively trying to recruit more subjects for their ultra-conservative mating season.
It’s no secret that we at Hairball will be voting Republican in 2016. Given that Hilary Clinton, for whatever reason, may be the presidential nominee for the Democratic party, we hope to have our own hellraiser on our side to look up to – one that approaches issues both domestic and abroad with a realistic way of thinking and appeals to the masses. Wow, what a unique and thrilling concept!
Unfortunately, when we scroll through breakout choices and well as the list of exhibitors that will be present at this summit, we can’t help but want to keep our participation on the QT. Typical in that the core principle of the conservative side runs parallel with Christianity, anti-LBGT beliefs and an undaunted command over the reproductive organs of American females, the summit seems to be a little too welcoming of discrimination towards what we may not understand nor readily accept.
This is why we cannot announce on social media that we have plans to attend this summit. We cannot, as much as we may desire, speak of how voting Republican will be beneficial to the country to friends of ours that are gay when they feel that they are less than human in the eyes of the majority of this summit. Nor can we shrug our shoulders and say that the bible tells them this because, based on that rationale, the Koran apparently states that Shariah Law must be the way of the world and, therefore, it’s ok that they massacre thousands in order to adhere to their belief system.
In this day and age, we’re still dumbstruck by the amount of time that is wasted on issues such as attacking the gay and lesbian community as if they were zombies that roam the streets at night, eating the brains of heterosexual citizens and, ultimately, creating an army of undead, immoral warriors. What apparently is regarded as religious freedom by these people is often seen as discrimination by those on the Democratic side. It doesn’t happen often on this blog, but we couldn’t agree more with the Democrats on this.
Religious freedom in this country is a right to practice whatever religion you see fit. If you want to bow down to the imps of Satan, so be it. Our own rights include a raised eyebrow, an exaggerated “really” and the freedom to not also except Lucifer and his minions into our lives. However, religious freedom does not extend the right to discriminate based on what any religious guide may preach, whether it is the bible, the Koran, the Torah or the Wiccan Guide to Everyday Spells. That’s exploitation.
Putting a gag order on your own thoughts in exchange for the ancient scriptures of a developing world doesn’t seem to be the healthiest approach to a happy, peace-filled environment nor will it win elections. The world has changed dramatically since 33 AD and not everyone feels the way you do. Attending church every Sunday may not be the solution to what’s wrong with someone’s life. In fact, it reminds us of a joke we once heard:
A man is stuck on a small boat on the ocean in the middle of a horrific storm. He begins to pray to God to save him from a looming, awful fate. As he prays, a larger boat pulls alongside the man and asks if he needs to be rescued. The man shakes his head and says proudly,” I’m fine. God will save me.”
Ten minutes later, an even larger boat pulls up to the man and also offers assistance. Even though the man’s small boat is beginning to show wear and tear from the violent ocean, he again shakes his head. “I’m fine”, he states. “God will save me.”
Fifteen minutes later, the Coast Guard shows up and yells at the man to get on board so they can save him from the storm. By this point, the man’s boat has sprung a leak and the waves threaten to sweep him into the ocean. Still, the man shakes his head. “I’m fine”, he repeats. “God will save me.”
It’s not too long after that the man is knocked from his dilapidated boat and drowns in the fury of the storm. He travels to heaven and God greets him. The man is very upset that God did not save his life.
“I prayed very hard for you to save me, Lord”, the man cried. “Why didn’t you help me?”
God looks the man straight in the eye and says, “I sent three boats for you, stupid!”
The point of sharing this joke is not to offend anyone, of course. In fact, we dare you to embrace the concept of the lesson behind it. Your beliefs in that we who do not accept a strict Christian lifestyle will continue to be what’s wrong with this country is a frightening concept. It’s the stuff that wars are born from. We prefer to open our eyes and watch for the unrecognized boats that God may be sending our way. Although we may be praying for a miracle and the Coast Guard is not the spiritual ship of guidance that we pictured as our rescue, sometimes it’s just better to see that their boat is just as good and will bring us to an equally as bright a future.
A shorter version of this ramble is to accept that we are not the same, but we can work together easily if we try. Stop praying for a good world and start accepting that people from all nations, backgrounds and beliefs can help you build one.
Confidence comes from a person that can stay with his or her beliefs and still remain courteous to those with different ideas. If you’re confident in the face of opposition, you will stay and educate rather than shun and mock. If you can’t, then you are not confident. You are ignorant and afraid. I challenge your confidence to embrace everyone around you regardless of whether or not they are gay, worship nature instead of an individual god or if they chose abortion instead of giving birth.
This is how a Republican will win an election.