Breaking the silence

Without freedom of thought there can be no suc...

Without freedom of thought there can be no such think as wisdom & no such thing as puclick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have stayed pretty quite about the whole Chick-fil-a business. I support everyone’s right to have the same legal options, and to be whoever they feel they are. I will not knowingly give my business to a company that in turn gives that money to anti-anything groups, and that includes anti-gay groups. I will not support hatred, that’s my opinion and I am entitled to it. Everyone has their own opinion and for the most part we are all free to express it.

There is something that bothers me though. I’ve heard a lot about how this is about “the right to free speech” not “boycotting a company for someone’s beliefs”. Well, okay, I’ll give you that…partly. The Corporate Chick-fil-a does knowingly support and donate to anti-gay groups, so it’s not just about the President of the company saying something.

That’s not what really bothers me though. You see everyone is up in arms because this christian President said he, personally and through his company, supports anti-gay groups because being gay is a sin and against the bible. I’m glad he can say that, freedom of speech all the way. I’m glad that the christian majority can yell as much and as loud as they want to about anything they believe and that they think everyone else should also think. Now we’re getting to the heart of my problem.

If myself or anyone else was to express any of our beliefs that oppose that christian majority we would risk not getting a job, getting fired from a job, losing custody of our children and in some cases death. So when will we have our freedom of speech? This freedom of speech thing seems a little lopsided to me. Does everyone have a freedom of speech and to live their life the best way they can in the way that they are most comfortable, or just the ones who strictly follow the bible?

Am I a christian? I won’t answer that. Do I believe in God? Yes, but I won’t discuss it further. To answer the why question: because I believe that everyone is free to believe however they want to believe, no matter the religion and/or spiritual path, as long as they try to live an honest, helpful, respectful life without bringing harm to others or themselves. As long as you show me respect, I will show you respect I don’t care what religion you are.

Granted there are a lot of others issue within this issue, but I think I’ll leave it for now and pick it up again if I feel I should.


Change your life?

Taihang Shan Mountains in North China

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That is what I have been trying to do; change my life. I have spent the last six years in school trying to get a good education so that I can get a career that I can love, and that will help me give more to my son. Now I am almost to that goal. I am looking for the place to start my career, some days that seems to be going better than others. The biggest obstacle to reaching that goal now is a gross oversight on my part. The only thing I have left to do in order to receive my M.A. in Corporate Communication is my research paper. I am writing it on the underrepresention of female journalists in male-dominated magazine genres; specifically automobiles and sports. What did I not do? I did not start getting my magazines when I should have, so now I have the copies of only one of the 20 total magazines that I need. I am comparing the United States to magazines in Australia because the gender views are relatively the same.

The hard part about getting those magazines and why I should have started at least a year ago is that I did not stop to consider how I was going to finance the acquisition of these said magazines without a job. I can’t believe I was such a dunce; no really I can believe it and because I can believe it I spend all my time stressing myself out about it.

Since I don’t have an income yet I am coming to you. If you can help me get any issues (need one copy from six different months of each), dated within the last two years, of the following magazines please send me a message.

Motor Trend
Road & Track
Hot Rod Magazine
Top Gear
Street Machine
4×4 Australia

Sports Illustrated
ESPN The Magazine
Golf Digest
Golf Magazine
Field & Stream
Inside Sport
Australian Golf Digest
Australian Rugby News & Review
Four Four Two

You have my deepest gratitude, my most sincere thanks and I will tell my little part of the world how great you are!

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