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Republicans and Christians
Republicans and Christians
As noted in yesterday's blog posting, I have been spending some time reviewing and responding to the various questions posted in the Advice Line of the Magazine Section. In doing so, I have noticed the occasional slur against Republicans and/or Christians. As both a Christian and a Republican, I take umbrage to such comments when they have been made clearly as slurs. I consciously try not to interject politics or religion into my advice responses, as they are not appropriate or relevant in most instances (obviously there are some questions which tend to be political or religious in nature, such as a recent posting concerning the legalization of prostitution).
When clearly intended to be humorous references to the far religious right, I find them less objectionable and even have a good laugh at them myself. After all, no one should take themselves so seriously that they can't laugh at themselves.
Additionally, the nature of this site is such that I would expect many, if not most of the members to be on the left side of the political spectrum. So I guess I shouldn't get too upset over some degree of Republican bashing. After all, everyone is entitled to an opinion.
I just hope people realize that not all Republicans support the policies and platforms proposed by the far right, just as not all Democrats support the policies and platforms of the far left. Among both Republicans and Democrats, most are moderate, and frequently cross party lines on some issues.
Similarly, not all Christians are narrow minded followers of Pat Robertson and other leaders of the far right. Some of the most tolerant, accepting and compassionate people I know are Christians (that is not to say that non-Christians do not also display these traits - they do).
When the Gulf Coast was ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it was the religious community here in Houston that stepped up to the plate to assist evacuees who fled to our fair city. Much of that relief effort was organized by a coalition of Christian Churches (but also included several local Synagogues and other houses of worship).
As a Christian and a Republican, I respect the right of everyone to express their opinion on any subject, even if I do not agree with them. Our system of government is designed to thrive on our ability to fairly debate important social issues. You do not have to agree with me, but please do not be disrespectful.
Good natured humor, on the other hand is not objectionable. As noted above, one needs to be able to sit back and laugh at one's self. I also happen to be an attorney and some of the funniest jokes I have ever heard have been lawyer jokes (Do you know what you call 1000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? - A good start. - LO.
Well that is enough ranting for now. Keep it light, keep it respectful, and have a good evening.