Coming from a mainline belief system, which I left after 57 years, I believe in a society that offers me the freedom to choose how and what to believe.
In countries we perhaps have not heard of before, we realize how precious and worth protecting, this freedom is. Fear of societal withdrawal is real. Shunning is real.
I am free to believe in God – I may accept or decline any dogma or belief system that defines me absolutely. I strive daily to determine exactly what I believe – it is a lifelong building and purging – accepting and declining.
I believe in the innate right of every person on the face of this earth, no matter where they are- to believe and practice their beliefs — and allow them the space to fail without recrimmination. To join in their grief and joys.
I believe this is compassion – not religion.
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