Fear of what? Fear of rocking the boat, fear of being seen as old-fashioned, out of date or even prejudice. I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman and I know I am not alone.
By saying this, this does not mean I am saying people should not be treated with kindness, respect and dignity no matter what their choices in life. I truly believe we are all sons and daughters of a loving and eternal Heavenly Father. Why do people assume by me believing in traditional marriage that must mean I hate all of those who believe differently than I do? Why do people who disagree with me feel it is their right to slew these hateful comments on me because I do not believe the same as they do.
Do I not have just as much right to express what I believe? Why should I be afraid of feeling like I will offend people if I express my opinions and beliefs. Don't my feelings count? Doesn't it matter when I feel offended by what those with a new wave of thinking believe?
And this is what drives me crazy. I know there are others that feel the way I do- 30 states have passed amendments agreeing with just that- that is the majority. I am not alone and I am not going to hide anymore. Because if I hide isn't that like me standing there with a bunch of kids bullying and picking on someone and yes I might not be the one doing the kicking or the hitting- but my silence and my standing there makes me just as guilty.
I believe in the freedom of choice, the freedom to decide. My kids certainly do too. But if my kids choose not to eat their dinner- that does not entitle them to dessert, much to their dismay. So I will love them, I will teach them and guide them and try and help them but I will also respect them enough to allow them to make their choices but that does not entitle them to the same rights and privileges of those who ate their dinner.
If I choose not to obey the laws, the rules and regulations established then I do not still have the right and freedoms of everyone who does. And yes maybe some laws and rules need to be changed- and maybe some do not.
I believe in traditional marriage and it is okay for me to say so.