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Love is defined as affection towards another person.  This definition does not limit this powerful emotion to just a man and a woman.  Of course there are many types of love, such as that of a parent towards a child, or a good friendship, but focus on romantic love.  The constitution does not say that love must be confined to a man and a woman either.  Yet we as the United States of America still leave it up to states to allow or ban two people of the same sex to become legally married.  Some religions believe that homosexuals will go to hell, and some people believe that the planet should be ridden of this “filth.”  Is it wrong to love? Government limits love, religion limits love, and intolerant people limit love, and we must all put up with the hate thrown at us until we can stand up for what is right.

The United States government allows discrimination even though we have the pursuit of happiness.  They do not say that two people of the same sex cannot be together, yet they still limit our freedom as human beings.  In very few states are homosexuals allowed to have a civil union, and in even fewer they are allowed to be married.  Some people say that civil unions are marriages, but they are most certainly not.  Just as an example, marriages are kept across state lines.  For instance, if a couple gets married in California, which allows civil unions and marriages, and they move to Nevada, they are no longer considered “married”.  This is only one example of many differences that separate civil unions from marriages.  By depriving a certain people a right shared by everyone else is discrimination, and by separating a people from others is segregation.  The government sets the rules and the path for the country, and if the government discriminates, people seem to think that it is acceptable when it is clearly not.

In some religions, homosexuality is thought to be a sin, punishable by a life in hell.  That is similar to saying that all people who like to eat pizza will go to hell.  Although these emotions may seem irrational to a third party, somehow they feel natural to those who believe them.  Hitler persuaded an entire nation to believe that Jews were the reason for Germany's downfall, and some, but not all religions are beginning to share traits with this horrific man's work.  There is an online religious site that supposedly “cures” homosexuality.  On this site, the message “God hates fags” is written as well as an entire list of over 50 bands that supposedly promote homosexuality, many of which are popular among today's teens.

They are ideas like these which are instilled within childrens minds and stay throughout their lives.  Parents are the biggest role models in families, therefore if parents act ignorant and intolerant, it is most likely that their  children will be the same.  Religion and government influence people enough for 6 million Jews to be killed in Germany and certainly enough for 3rd graders to be running around calling each other fags, when they most likely have no idea what it means.  Someone once said, “Why is there enough religion to incite war, but not enough to instill tolerance?”  This question should be asked around the world because we desperately need help if we are to continue as a whole nation.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all."

Think about this pledge when you read this editorial.

I wrote this for a English project.
I would love constructive criticism, however, please be kind.

I have a close connection to to this topic which is why I chose to write on it.
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Secrets-Of-Paranoia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sorry if I seem disrespectful, but there's a site that 'cures' homosexuality? Are you freakin kidding me!? That's hilarious! People are so funny to me sometimes. I'm sorry, I should be offended and angry right now; I'm a lesbian. But still... Aww jeez, I just know I have to go look that up now to laugh at it more...
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MP-R Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha i know. it made me really upset at first, but then i look back...and just laugh at the ridiculousness.
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Secrets-Of-Paranoia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
^^ Glad you have a sense of humour. :) Makes life much easier.
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tallion Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
first of al itīs true . . . very true B U T :

please take into consideration, that religion itself cannot be against homsexuals, itīs the humans who abuse their own religion to say their hate is justified!

itīs the bible that says: love your next like you love yourself!
and the koran says: thereīs no greater sin than not to accept someone as he/ she is

i being homosexual myself am not religious but have very close friends that are religious

donīt worry it took me a long time too to seperate the religous persons from the fanatics
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i can agree with you there.
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lilj12345 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010   Writer
“Why is there enough religion incite war, but not enough to instill tolerance?”
there should be an it after religion.
and i agree with everything you wrote.
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much! dumb typo. :P
:D i'm glad you like it/agree. :)
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TheFooter12 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I've always known that discrimination was wrong, but I've never had the thought of compairing our entire government into such realities.

I think you've written a FANTASTIC paper, and I will definately be keeping this with me at heart.
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much! :D
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EmoTearDrop Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I Love This!!!
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm glad. :)
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
This is absolutely wonderful, it will stay with me for a long time
I'm going to look up that site, just to find the music they say promotes homosexuality, and then listen to it XDDD I'm just that juvenile >.<
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mistyrainnekochan47 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Just saw your signature and was curious.... Are you an actual witch?
'Cause some of my friends are in a coven and stuff.
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Yah I am ^_^
I'm a solitary for now though.
It seems that the Goddess deems me to be a solitary, because every time I try to find a coven, it never works out >.>
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mistyrainnekochan47 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Cool!
I don't know, maybe I could give you my friend's email address or something...*feels clueless*
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
lol, but it depends on what kind of wiccans they are
I'm a dianic wiccan
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mistyrainnekochan47 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I'd have to ask... what are the different kinds? just curious, wicca interests me.
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
well, I've got a book next to me that I'll use to tell you called Where to Park Your Broomstick by Lauren Manoy
Traditional and Hereditary Witchcraft: Traditionalists claim to practice Witchcraft through the ancient, classical, and medieval cultures. Specifically, their traditions emphasize pantheism and animism, and they often have little to do with formal ceremonies. They don't claim to have direct knowledge from our ancient ancestors, but they claim they are reviving the Old Ways as passed down through oral tradition. Traditionalists may not view what they do as religion. They employ herbal healing, communion with the Spirit world, and other magickal work, but they don't acknowledge the Wiccan Rede or work in Wiccan ritual format for the most part. Traditionalists view cursing as acceptable if their family is in danger; they also may not believe in the Threefold Law or Karma of the Wiccans, but they do believe in fate.

Gardnerian Wica:
"Ye shall not be a Witch alone..."
Considered the origin of modern Wicca, Gardnerian Wiccans track their lineage to initiates of Gerald Gardner. Gerald Gardner, and Englishman who lived from 1884-1964, brought to light what he claimed was traditional British Witchcraft.
Gardnerian tradition states that belonging to a coven is necessary to be Wiccan. Secrecy is very important, and gardner's literature stresses it. There are 162 rules to follow in all. Each coven has its own High Priest and High Priestess, along with a Maiden(the High priestess' second in command)
Gardnerians feel that only those initiated be another gardnerian are actually Wiccan. It is more appropriate to say that only a Gardnerian can make a Gardnerian, but the Gods make us Witches.
But also, Teens aren't allowed in Gardnerian Tradition.
(look up Gardnerian Witchcraft, because the section I am reading off of is much to long to type XP)

Alexandrian Wicca:
Alex Sanders was another British Witch, initiated into a Gardnerian coven with his wife. He essentially ran off with the Book of Shadows, changed a few elements, and started his own tradition. It isn't named for him though. It is named for Alexandria, a city in Egypt.

Gardnerian and Alexandrian are not really suggested for teens, if you come across a Gardnerian or Alexandrian coven that mixes teens with adults, I caution you to be wary. The thing is, these traditions often incorporate techniques that just aren't appropriate for teenagers under 18, especially ones who are totally new to the Craft.

Solitary Wicca:
Scott Cunningham made Solitary practice accessible and legitimate, whereas the preceding traditions emphasized coven work. He still used Gardnerian methogs, but he adapted them for Solitary use. He also brought other cultures into his literature. This is the most prevalent form of Wicca today, as many American practitioners are either in the broom closet, can't find a coven, or are young like us.

Dianic:
This women-only variation on the Gardnerian theme focuses primarily on the Goddess aspect, sometimes completely leaving out the God. Dianic worship often focuses on the Lunar Goddess in her aspects of Maid, Mother, Crone. This type of Coven tends to have more free-form rituals, using the spontaneous energy that is created so easily when women are alone among women. It's just a lot more confortable for some female Witches without the sexual tension and competition that unfortunately occurs within many mixed-gender covens. Sometimes dianic covens exclude men, and some, but not all, Dianic Witches are lesbian separatists. Z Budapest, an exile from Hungary, is one of the most prominent Dianic Witches.
(I'm currently Solitary, but I am looking for a Dianic coven)
Faerie:
Also called Faery, fairy, and, originally, Feri, this is a shamanic system started by a fellow named Victor Anderson, added to by Gwydion Pendderwen. Anderson's background was a mix of Voudoun and Hawaiian shamanism, while Pendderwen brought in the Celtic lore.
This tradition calls on the mystical energy of the Faeries, aka the Fey, the little people, the shining ones. Faeries make an appearance in lots of mythologies, including German, Italian, British, Irish, and Scandinavian. They are variously portrayed as benevolent Nature spirits, powerful magick workers, evil sprites, mischievous pranksters, or a combo of all the above, depending on to whom you're talking. The main focus of Faerie rituals is ecstasy, connecting with Nature energy, trance, and an experience of "divine madness"
Faeries are not all like Tinkerbell. This tradition is proud of embracing life's darker aspects. They encourage a "Warrior" mind-set, and they refuse to bow down or Submit to any weakness. They don't subscribe to the Wiccan Rede or Threefold Law.

I realize I have been rambling for far too long, so I'll just list what's left so you are able to look them up XP
Reclaiming
American Eclectic
Voudoo(voodoo and voudoon)
Shamanism
and Druidism
My best friend is a Druid in training

I'm really sorry for the lengthy-ness.
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mistyrainnekochan47 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
That was actually really interesting. XD THanks. :D
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's really lame. it's like....every single artist you've ever heard of is on the list. :giggle: but that's half of the absurdity of it!
and thank you for the favorite!
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
no problem
I found a *religious*site where it was pointing out music with satanic messages in it. They condone ALL rock.
But the funny thing is, I didn't even SEE any pagan bands on the list I looked on. Like Inkubus Sukkubus. Nowhere to be seen, and my favorite band too!!
Damn all intolerant religious nuts.
They condone a (the most?) peaceful religion that is all about tolerance and accepting everyone, when their religion has a long ad BLOODY history.
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah. exactly. (i always have to have the last word) haha
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Uh, what now?
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh noes.
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MercysUnmercifulFire Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
what?
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MP-R Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha. i said it to get the last word in. looks like we're going to have a stale mate.
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PsychedelicSmirk Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Great! All very true and thought out :D I loved the quote "Why is there enough religion to start a war, but not enough to instill tolerance?" . Nicely written essay ^-^

I have, however, been writing (and helping others write) something similar in our English class, so I hope you won't mind if I suggest some things?

There are many strong points to make on this topic, and a few more I think you could have pointed out. Personally, I would talk about a few more of the specific rights that are denied i.e. hospital visitation rights, insurance rights, financial security for kids if one parent dies, being allowed to be buried next to your partner etc. While I don't know all the specifics of this, if you were to find out, it would certainly give you some more factual backing.

I might also mention that homosexuality has been proven to be linked to strong genetic factors and is not a choice. The places that 'cure' homosexuality have been condemned by a multitude of psychological organizations as ineffective and damaging to mental health. If you would like a reference for this, I would recommend [link] . This cartoon wonderfully summarized, easily understood, and is entirely based off actual studies that can be found here [link] and here [link] .

Finally, ( I know this is long, but bare with me please!) I would stress the separation of church and state and how this is a violation of that. Legally taking away people's rights because of another religious belief is unconstitutional (see First Amendment).

Sorry for this being so long! I research things like this in my spare time, so I tend to come up with a lot of sites and stuff to back people up. Hope you can find something useful!
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree and I don't mind long critiques. :) I like hearing what other people have to say about my piece and its issues.
I wish I had time to research before I wrote the paper. I wrote it over 2 hours as a Standardize Testing Prep. day. *rolls eyes*
And I definitely agree about pointing out more specifics. I knew most of those yet I didn't put them in...I have no idea why I didn't.

Thanks a lot for the in-depth critique/comment/lovin/advice. :heart:
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PsychedelicSmirk Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Your welcome!

I love to read and critique stuff like this, so I am glad I gave you something slightly helpful. And yes, I feel your pain. In-school timed tests suck beyond all imagining, and I'm sorry you didn't have time go into as much depth DX

Hope to see more great stuff in future :D
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Zack-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Lets make our own religion stating that you must get married to a person of the same gender to be accepted by the deity. Then the government wouldn't be able to put a limit on us because America has a freedom of religion. :meow:
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha. creative solution. doesn't seem to be helping the polygamists whose religion states that it's okay to have more than one spouse. :/
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Zack-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
So much for a free country. :shrug:
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swarley7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student Photographer
I found that site you were talking about with the bands. It's ridiculous. Half the bands I listen to are on there. And what they say to do if you find more than 3 bands, it's awful. These people are so close-minded. I like what you wrote though. It explains things very well. I happen to agree.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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ZenLay1968 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Very well written, excellent work:clap:. I am happy to say though the the government is finally starting to make some headway. Since they're trying to shut down "Don't ask, Don't tell". But you are right we still have a long way to go. Well done.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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ZenLay1968 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Hehe no problem:)
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Nice paper.
Let me point out a few things.
First, I agree with you. People should be allowed to marry whomever they want.

Second, You cant expect to erase 2000 years, or more, of prejudice in a heartbeat.
Think back to what America was in 1910, or 1810 and compare it to where we are
today. We are leaps and bounds ahead of our ancestors.
In reality, in approximately 100 years we have almost wiped out racial and sexual prejudice. Sadly, there can never be total acceptance. There will always be bigots and racists and the prejudiced. Its human nature.
That some states are even voting on the issue of gay marriage is a huge victory.
With the major exception of the Catholic church, there are many Christian churches who are embracing gay love for what it is- love between two people, not an abomination. There are even gay pastors and reverends.
So while you lament the fact that the ignorant are still ignorant, you should celebrate that America has expanded the boundaries of tolerance and love. Could it be better? Yes. Will it be better? YES!
Our future leaders are within your generation.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yes. i don't deny that the world has had progress and i certainly agree that there will always be bigots. hey, there are still people who think that women are lesser. :glare:
My teacher said the same thing in the way that I was almost entirely complaining through the essay. :/
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I thought the essay was well written and not complaining. I just love a good discussion!
I have found women to only be lesser when they act like men.
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AydenSilverflame7 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it's wonderfully crafted :) as a political piece, you outright attack the institution in some areas, even though the whole piece isn't written as an attack itself. it's more of an essay, trying to relay information about the bigotry of others. (to me anyway)

i could feel your anger, and in your note you put the Pledge of Allegiance. I personally refuse to say it, because it's an overall lie built to try and force people into accepting the government's control. :la: like i said, it's beautifully crafted.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much. :D
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Emmasj Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I can't help but notice you mentioned a few times that "two people" should have rights. May I ask your opinion on polyamory?

It's a nicely written article. I could feel your anger in the words, but on a second read, you seemed quite calm. That could have been my own anger--liberty and justice for all, indeed. This country is full of hypocrites and the Westboro Baptist Church is the biggest piece of scum I've ever seen.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi emma. personally, i dont see a problem with polyamory is people aren't being hurt. big whoop. you've got 3..6...19 wives. as long as you take care of them/they are willing (and vice-versa sexes) i don't see a problem.
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CharredQueen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
a grammatical note: your last paragraph should be "it is" instead of "they are" i think. because you're talking about ideas (things) instead of people.

i find this incredibly interesting. mostly because you've basically written out the same things i've said and/or heard for the past few years. (the intolerance of homosexuals has become of great interest to me lately). i especially find it interesting that you equate what the church is doing now to what hitler did then. i have too many thoughts on the subject and an argument for both sides, but for now all i'll say is that i believe in equality for all, but i also understand the power of ignorance.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for both the critique and the agreement. I don't expect everyone to share my views, but I believe they should at least listen. Thank you.
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CharredQueen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
yea. problem is ignorance can't listen. if it did, then it would no longer exist. for the sake of its livelihood it must keep its ears plugged.
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MP-R Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's pitiful.
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CharredQueen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
eh, but true. this is the world we live in.
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