This I Believe

Karen - El Paso, Texas
Entered on May 2, 2007

I believe that every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance it should mean what it says, “With Liberty and Justice for All.” We stand up and salute the flag just about every day in school, yet the words don’t apply to everyone. There is still many of us that don’t have complete and equal rights just because people think that anything outside of their beliefs is wrong. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but nobody should try to take anyone else’s rights based on that opinion. We should all look at each other as individuals, and avoid building negative stereotypes for the “group” anyone else belongs to.

We’re supposed to have a government that goes by the Constitution, but it seems to go more by the Bible rather than the Bill of Rights. Here we are in the year 2007, but we still have the government trying to take away a Woman’s right to choose because they believe it is a sin. If an individual thinks it’s a sin, then they should not get an abortion. Women should not have their rights taken away based on anyone’s religious beliefs.

It seems that everytime a group gets more acceptance, people feel the need to discrimate against another one. We went through the many years when most of White America thought is was right to mistreat African Americans just because their skin color didn’t match theirs. African Americans are now seen as equal , but we still have the issue of people thinking everyone from a certain group is bad. The 9/11 attacks have made many people hateful towards Muslim groups or anyone else that appears to be from that area. The people that were involved in the 9/11 attacks should be blamed for their actions as individuals, and just bacause they acted in that way, it does not mean that everyone from that area is a terrorist.

It’s the year 2007, and homosexuals still do not have the right to marry, because it is seen as wrong. Giving homosexuals the right to marry will not harm or murder anyone, but instead it will give the United States a sense of more Human Justice and Liberty rather than contradicting their own Bill of Rights. People can still be kicked off the army based on their sexual orientation, yet it is said that soldiers are fighting for our freedom.

The day I see that the government goes completely by the Bill of Rights, will be the day I respect it. We are all people, we are all different, and we all deserve equal rights