10/12/2005

Consistent or Inconsistent

Some of my posts at times seem contradictory to each other. One post might berate those in Pakistan who abuse women under the guise of Islam and the next post might ask you to pray for those in Pakistan who have been affected by the earthquake.

One post might reflect a inconsistency in political views, such as the presidential race. But are they really inconsistent or shortsighted?

No, to me they are not. I have been described by people who know me well as a tree-hugging liberal conservative. What exactly does that mean!!?

It means that I believe people should have a respect for nature and try to conserve resources as best as possible. Does it mean I am against development? No. But builders need to take great care in building in low lying areas. Especially here in Mississippi where it tends to flood a lot in those areas.

It means that people should look out for one another. I don't mind paying taxes and I don't mind those taxes going toward programs to help people help themselves. When I was first divorced, I benefited from the Earned Income Tax Credit, notice it says earned, Section 8 housing, and for awhile food stamps. The reality in our country is that someone who is making minimum wage cannot afford to live on it. These programs are designed to help people like me get on our feet.

I also believe that each person is responsible for improving their own lives. Going to college or a trade school is one way to pull yourself up. Making personal changes in your life to stop destructive behavior is another.

Now, how can I condemn the abuse of women in Pakistan under the guise of 'marriage' laws under Islam in one post and then in the next post ask you pray to for those in Pakistan who were affected by the earthquake?

It's simple really. I have always been a staunch supporter of women's rights. It started early. When I was 10, I let in my neighbor whose husband was chasing her around the yard and trying to continue the beating he was giving her. She was 8 months pregnant!! My Mom got mad at me for getting involved. I told her the poor lady was being beaten, please call the police. This was before we had the 911 emergency system.

Islam is one of the most abusive religions in the world. It is cruel with it's punishments under sharia. Women and gays are treated horribly. It goes against every principle of decency we have learned in the West.

Those principles of decency are what prompted me to ask for prayers for those affected by the earthquake. They are human beings whose world has been turned upside down. There are thousands upon thousands who are dead. If this to some makes me myopic or narrow-minded in my views so be it.

I have consistently shown my outrage against terror attacks against Israeli citizens and have consistently denounced the terror attacks against those in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have read in horror about the beheadings in Indonesia, the continued terrorist attacks in Algeria, the attacks against Christians in PA controlled territory, the recent terror attacks in Pakistan, and so many others.

I am glad that our government and so many others across the world are trying to help the victims of the earthquake. It is another example of human decency. Most learn this principle of human decency by being taught to treat others as you would like to be treated.

You tell me if I am being consistent or inconsistent.

4 Comments:

Blogger GunnNutt said...

I think you are a perfectly rational, compasionate, nice person. One can't cure the ills of society by killing society, thus we pray for the injured and dead in Pakistan while we simultaneously condemn some of their more heinous religious practices. Makes perfect sense.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

GN,

Thank you.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Not inconsistent at all.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

abe,

Thank you.

4:44 PM  

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