This I Believe

Bruce - Falls Church, Virginia
Entered on July 25, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
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I believe that nothing I believe is worth killing for. I believe that nothing I believe is worth excluding others who don’t share my beliefs. For over two hundred years in America, most Christians believed that slavery was ordained by God and could not be removed by man’s law. For over another 140 or so years after slavery, most Christians believed that marriage between the races was against God’s law. In 1997 the Southern Baptist Church repented for its role in promoting slavery and racism, after nearly 400 years of their firm beliefs that slavery and racism were ordained by God. Now these same Christians firmly believe that my marriage to my same-sex partner is against God’s will. Some will be willing to kill me for what I have done. One day they will have to repent for this as well. Given the fluidity of belief, it is best, I believe, never to kill nor ostracize others for what they believe.