|Wow this scares and saddens me. There are no atheist patriots?! |
What about Buddhist? Hindu? Zoroastrian? Sikh? Native American Religions?
I was just very struck at how differently these people felt and thought from myself. I guess I spend a lot of my time sort of assuming that I'm in the midst of people who are more tolerant than this. Our discussion was respectful of each other, but not of the subject, her parents, or actions. I think part of my quandary is that I am so reluctant to feel certain that I am correct about something. I always feel like there's some part that I don't understand and try to reserve judgement, which tends to preclude anger. I don't mean I do this as an intentional gesture of leniency or whatever, I just feel so incompetent about so much that I don't consider myself to be in a position to say anything. I am learning this is not how everyone feels. Some are very confident they are correct.
(2014 note: I see here that I used the word Federal in discussing public schools, which are of course state institutions. Oops. Read Federal as Government)
So, initial rant from friend...and a warning that as usual, I'm a bit verbose. Grab a snack & beverage.