Fresh off of the Arizona SB1062 bill that was vetoed there is a lot of pissing and moaning going on around the country about how once again those poor Christians are being oppressed. The word tyranny is being thrown around a lot and cries of personal freedoms being trampled as well. I believe in freedom and liberty. Whether or not a store owner has the right to refuse to serve customers that he doesn’t want to is a tough thing for me. I think freedom should allow you to not have to serve those who you don’t want to. On the other hand, there are places in our country that would make this freedom a horrible life for some.
I live in the Denver suburbs and I have a hard time believing that if a business owner put up a sign that said “No Gays”, he would be a success. Maybe that is being naive, but I think it would be a death sentence for that businessman. But where I grew up in southeastern Arizona, I think it would be excused. Not celebrated, but certainly not frowned upon. I can’t imagine living in a place like that if I were gay.
But bigotry isn’t the topic of this rant. Hypocrisy is.
We live in a country that is supposed to be founded on the principles of liberty and freedom and we have trampled many of those from the beginning. I am a firm believer in allowing a person the freedom to live their lives as they see fit up until the point where they are affecting the freedoms of others. When it comes to the topics of marijuana, gambling, prostitution, etc., most of these same defenders of freedom that are saying their rights are being taken away from them are the first ones to look down their noses at the people who engage in these personal freedoms. It doesn’t even directly affect them yet they want to interfere with the way others live their lives.
If people want to use marijuana(or harder drugs) that is their business, not mine. If a man wants to pay a willing woman to have sex with him that is their business, not yours. Liberty is supposed to be having the freedom within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. Yet we restrict the freedom of people everyday based on the bullshit moral superiority of the religious in our society. That is not the way liberty works.
I just don’t understand how some people don’t see the impact that Tim Miles is having on the Husker basketball program. This Husker team with a very average lineup is playing very well and has a chance to make the NCAA tournament if they can finish well down the stretch. While Terran Petteway makes me scream at him numerous times during every game, the kid makes some huge shots and is definitely the go to guy for the Huskers.
Tough defense and some answered prayers of shots helped the Huskers upset MSU 60-51. The Husker offense makes me nervous most of the time as they do a three man weave looking for some picks and end up settling for three’s. Petteway was nailing them in the second half after Walter Pitchford did it in the first half. I don’t understand why they don’t feed Leslie Smith down low more often or try and get Shavon Shields attacking the basket more often but we certainly did enough today to get the W. The defense was terrific especially from Smith and Benny Parker. I love the way Parker plays defense and he handles the ball better than Tai Webster who just looks lost out there right now. I expect Webster to be a lot better next season but this year is game after game of tough lessons for the freshman from New Zealand.
Anyway, props to Tim Miles and the Husker basketball program for beating a top 10 team on the road.
When was the last time the football team did that?
I have seen many people talk about the Michael Sam controversy and how its ridiculous that it is such a media event. There have been many say that they don’t understand why Sam has to make a big deal about the fact that he is gay and that he should just keep it to himself. I really wish that it was not such a big deal in our society but you would have to be a complete moron to see that it is not.
What is really telling to me about these complaining about Sam not keeping his homosexuality to himself are the same ones who praised Tim Tebow for his over-the-top promotion of Christianity every chance that he got. I really don’t see much of a difference other than the fact that being gay in the NFL puts you in the overwhelming minority whereas being a Christian allows you to fit in neatly with the majority of the NFL and in America in general. If you stated that Tebow should keep his faith to himself, there were cries of oppression and an anti-Christian sentiment but somehow its completely different when its a gay person is standing up for who he is.
It just another case of some Christians not having the ability to respect how others choose to live their lives and taking the opportunity to whine about something.
My name is Dave and I started this as just a way to get what is on my mind out where I can see it. This is not really about other people reading my blog but that would be nice as well I guess.