Originally Posted by homegrown terror
and therein lies the core of the matter. i would never tell someone not to believe what they feel is right, and live their life accordingly. in return, however, i think everyone should respect the fact that everyone has the same right, and just because your religion sees something as a sin or abomination does not give you the right to force another person to act accordingly. the two big issues i'm referencing here are abortion and gay marriage. with both issues, i think it's fine if you think your god is opposed, and if you believe that then by all means abstain from both. same thing with the use of alcohol or drugs (or even something as innocuous as caffeine, i went to school with a mormon girl who'd get huffy if i sat down in class with a cup of coffee) abstain from any actions or choices you find offensive, but DO NOT try to prevent others from making their own choices based upon THEIR beliefs.
I'm not sure if I was clear, but I was/am in no way trying to force my beliefs on others, just stating my own opinion. :)
I believe also, that everyone has the right to live their life the way they see fit, whether I like those choices or not. The fact of the matter is that it is their life, and therefore their choice.
My main issue (on this subject) is that because of my previously stated beliefs about life beginning at conception, I am not of the thought that it is okay to abort a child because it is "inconvenient" or for any other reason. The child, whether an embryo or later in the fetal stages, is in my opinion a living being that should be allowed the choice to live. When a person (usually the mother) chooses to abort said child, that choice is taken from the child.
I understand that my opinion is exactly that, mine, and do not desire to enforce that opinion on anyone. I just feel like the child should be given the option to live.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm just stating how I feel about a subject, and I'm really not trying to be confrontational, just a friendly debate :)