My Questions for You

In the 6 weeks of Lent I shared with you about me and my life; now I want to know about you.

There are some things I want to talk about but without knowing more about the people who read this blog I feel like I would be making grand assumptions.  One thing this challenge has done was remind me that people are different.  Everyone.  Christians only really have two things in common – their belief in the God of their Bible and their belief in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Everything else seems to vary.

I don’t know why this was surprising.  I think part of the problem was actually getting too comfy in my Atheist world.  Just like with any other group, when you label yourself and you hang out with people that have the same label you definitely start to participate in groupthink. Groupthink like this takes away from our individuality which is something I pride myself on.  I don’t want to be told by the larger masses what to think and what to do.  I want to be able to make choices for myself without fear of repercussions.

Now on to the getting to know you part.  I have a set of questions I am asking all of my blog readers to answer.  You can either post them in the comments or send them to me via email at victoriousolive [at] me [dot] com

It would be easier for me if you posted in the comments and since some of these questions are hot button topics, please be sure I WILL delete any comments that are inflammatory or even debating.  I don’t want a debate here on this post.  Some of them are just cause I am a sociologist at heart and I want to compile some data that I can’t get from WordPress stats.

1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)

2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)

3.  Why did  decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?

4.  Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?

5. What is your stance on Abortion?  Why?

6.  What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US?  Why?

7.  What do you think about Gay Marriage?  or Civil Unions and why?

8.   What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?

9.  Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)?  Would you put any restrictions on the type of child?  i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc

10.  How old are you?

11.  Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)

12.  If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?

I Know those are some hot button issues but I have a lot of things I have been thinking about and like I said I don’t want to make grand assumptions or sweeping generalizations.
Obviously, it would be unfair to ask these questions without putting myself out there first, so here are my answers to my questions (But I am starting on question 5 because the first 4 have been covered in previous posts or in my about me section)

5. What is your stance on Abortion?  Why?  I am pro-choice.  This doesn’t mean that I am pro-abortion just that I support people being able to make choices for themselves no matter what.  I do not support the government making medical decisions for any person.

6.  What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US?  Why? I think we should have a national health care plan in the US but I Don’t think that the US should try to reinvent the wheel.  At the same time if a government health plan means that the government gets to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body then I prefer that we do not adopt a government plan.  

7.  What do you think about Gay Marriage?  or Civil Unions and why?  I think that marriage is a religious thing and therefore the state should not be performing marriages nor should they be providing additional benefits or services for married couples BUT  I support civil unions for all and additional benefits for people with civil unions.  You got married in a church (or temple)?  Well that is good – you will get the benefits that you God provides to you by being married but to get government benefits you will need to go to the county clerk and recorder and get a civil union.

8.   What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?  I support it for the most heinous of crimes.  I think we can all agree on which ones are the most heinous.  I don’t support people sitting on death row or in prison for years getting three hots and a cot on the law-abiding citizens dime either.  Though I am not sure how we should go forward so we are not spending more in prisons then we are on education without making criminals live a life that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

9.  Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)?  Would you put any restrictions on the type of child?  i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc  No, but only because we have more than our fair share 😉 Really we wouldn’t because this is something that my husband and I have talked about and since he was adopted he has his own stance on adoption and wouldn’t do it.  

10.  How old are you?  This is actually something I don’t think has come up but I am 35.

11.  Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) Colorado (If you haven’t figured that out or didn’t already know that)

12.  If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I’m definitely an Independent.  I hold views that would be considered both Democrat and Republican.

 

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37 thoughts on “My Questions for You

  1. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)

    Born-again Christian.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)

    I was 21.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?

    I had been talking for a few months with a friend who was a Christian. I really saw for myself and believed that I was a sinner in need of a Savior and that the only way out of the despair I felt was coming to Christ. I really felt that even if I someday got married and had kids, that I would always have this dark cloud hanging over me. That I would never truly be happy, find joy, find meaning in life, etc., Christ changed all that for me. He renewed me. It’s kind of hard to describe.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?

    No. My parents were both baptized Catholic and while they went to church some growing up, they didn’t really “follow” the religion. My mom said that she did consider getting me baptized, but wanted me to pick me own religion.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?

    I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception and that a unique individual is created then and there. Yes, I can sympathize with those people who find themselves pregnant after rape/incest. I can’t imagine how hard it is to not only go through that, but to become pregnant, as well. hat being said, I can’t, in my heart, still think of abortion as okay…I can’t think it’s okay to take a life because of someone else’s horrible actions. Kind of like someone receiving the death penalty for a crime they didn’t commit. So many people would be willing to adopt that child, I think. I can also empathize with those who are told that their child has a serious condition that may be severely debilitating and/or fatal. I can empathize because I have a son who has a genetic condition that has affected him seriously in some areas. Now, I knew that him having this condition was a *possibility* before I even became pregnant (it’s a condition I have, as well)…but I can’t imagine *not* having him in my life. His struggles have taught me so many things and he has brought me such incredible joy. All life is precious!

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?

    I don’t have a big stance on it. I don’t have any huge complaints about my family’s current health insurance (other than the cost…which keeps going up). I think some things need to be changed and I think there are a lot of unhappy people regarding this country’s health care…but I don’t think I know enough about this topic to make an informed decision.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?

    I don’t think gays should be allowed to marry or have civil unions because I believe God created marriage to be between a man and a woman. I know that isn’t a good argument for those who don’t believe in God/are agnostic, and I understand that.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?

    I am mostly against it. I think too many people have been wrongly convicted and proven innocent. What a horrible thought to think about someone being put to death for something they didn’t do! I agree that with DNA evidence now in our abilities, that wrongful convictions will likely be less…but their is still that chance. Still a chance of DNA evidence being planted.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc

    I would *love* to adopt and I hope God provides us with the funds (and the space) to do so someday. I would not put any restrictions on the child’s race or religion of the mother (we would raise the child as a Christian…and the birth mother, if involved, would know that). I would prefer a healthy child, since I already have a child with some disabilities and I am not sure I could handle another. IF, however, God impressed upon me to adopt a child with disabilities, I would do so. I would PREFER a baby, but would not be opposed to an older child. My only preference would be that the child not be older than the length of time my husband and I have been married. Not because of the “you had a kid before you were married” implications…but because I think we need to be married longer and have more experience bringing up our kids (who are 3 and 2) before we take on abruptly raising an older child.

    10. How old are you?

    I’m 29.

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)

    Massachusetts.

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?

    Republican.

  2. 1. I am a Christian.
    2. I was raised in a Christian household so I don’t remember ever NOT believing, but my parents didn’t really discuss our religion with us a lot growing up. We went to church on Sunday and that was all that was expected. I began growing in my faith as a teenager. I think it was extremely helpful to be “raised” in a Christian household, but I also feel I was blessed with the gift of faith. I think faith comes easier for some people than others. My background is in science and I tend to be a pretty logical person. Unfortunately, there is nothing logical about believing that Jesus was born of a virgin and rose from the dead. There are plenty of things that science cannot explain, however, and that is where my faith comes in.
    3. Christianity is the only religion that makes sense to me.
    4. No. About 3 years ago my husband and I decided to change churches. We visited some other denominations within the Christian faith and this challenged me to explore my beliefs within the Christian faith.
    5. When I was younger, I was really more pro-choice (pro-life for myself but didn’t feel I should judge others who chose abortion in certain circumstances). After having children of my own, researching the science of the beginning of a human life, and studying the Bible, I am pro-life.
    6. I think the idea of everyone being provided national health care is a good one, but I have yet to see a way that it can feasibly work.
    7. I believe God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman. I do not hate homosexuals (as Christians who say this are often accused).
    8. I agree with you on the death penalty.
    9. My husband and I are trying to adopt a child in foster care right now (which by the way has almost no costs out of pocket). We were licensed the end of December and actually were placed with a toddler. She was African-American (we are white). After 3 of the most stressful months of our lives, she ended up going to live with her grandmother. I still think about her every day. She was probably more than we could’ve handled due to issues from her prematurity/delays and drug exposure. We hope to be placed with a school-aged child of any race. We don’t feel equipped to handle a child with any significant physical, mental, or emotional handicaps as we have 3 children of our own and my husband and I both work full-time. We also would not accept a child who was not willing to go to church with us.
    10. I am almost 35
    11. Alabama
    12. I tend to identify more with Republicans but I wouldn’t vote based purely on political party.
    I have really enjoyed reading your blog! I have a book suggestion for you: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I know several people who felt it played a large part in changing how they viewed Christianity. 

  3. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be): Baptist, although I was a religious mutt coming into our current church.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you): 32-33

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? It wasn’t so much the religion that I decided on rather it was the church that we fell in love with. They absolutely LOVE people. We are a church that takes people for who they are. We are all broken individuals, and our church recognizes that.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change? I grew up Baptist, then that church burned our family, and we switched to Lutheran, then in college, Independent churches, tried Assembly of God for awhile, then stopped going to church, then ended up with our current church, which is Baptist affiliated.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? I’m very much pro-life. Mostly because I believe that you are a true human the moment the heart starts beating, which is Day 22 past conception.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why? I think if we could come up with a decent plan, I wouldn’t mind it. But as it is right now, It’s not equal for everyone. It’s this if you are younger, and if you’re geriatric, you’re not worth the good healthcare, (or you have to pay through the teeth to get it), because you’re just going to die anyway.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman based on the teachings of the bible. Civil Unions, I am not sure on, honestly. Gay/Lesbian relationships are wrong based on the bible, but as a Christian, even if I don’t believe in the relationship, I still accept that person for who they are. And, I can say the same thing for heterosexuals. I don’t like what some straight people do, but I accept them for who they are. 🙂

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? Like you, in the heinous of crimes, yes.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc. Yes, I believe I would adopt. At this very point in my life, no. I think if I was younger, then I would totally go for it and there would be no restrictions.

    10. How old are you? 36

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) KS

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? Republican

  4. Man you pulled out the big guns 😉

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Christian-Assembly of God

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    I was raised around religion, but not in a Christian home per se. My parents sent me on the church bus and I went for a while before going through a period of rebellion. I became a Christian at 15 or at least that’s when I really “felt” God, but turned away until I was 18 and have been a Christian ever since.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I’ve encountered God so many times in a very tangible way, there is no way I can deny it. Have I been mad at God and wanted to turn away, a time or two, but it was impossible after knowing Him the way I have.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    Not really

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I am 100% against it in every way. There is always another way. I too believe life begins at conception and feel abortion is playing God where you need not to. I’ve heard all the arguments about playing God in other arenas, but most other bring life, not take it away. There are other social issues that I really “get” and understand why people are as passionate about them as they are, but this is one I don’t get. It’s not about being pro-choice or pro-life, it’s about doing what’s right vs. what’s wrong. The thing I hate the most about pro-choice people is that they pigeon hole pro-lifers and say we just want to take away rights and control people with our puppet strings. When in actuality my stance is simply because my heart is for the unborn. My heart is for the mother as well, but one doesn’t need to fight for those outside of the womb as much.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I think our healthcare system is completely flawed and I hate it. However I think the system they are trying to implement is a load of crap too. I have no solution, I just know it’s flawed and unjust.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I am against gay marriage and I don’t know how I feel about civil unions. this is one of those social issues that I really do feel bad about. I don’t hate gay people in any way shape or form. I will be their friend and even their close friend. But they have to understand I don’t agree with their lifestyle because the BIble teaches against it. Again, it’s also an issue I don’t get why people get so upset about. What do people expect from Christians? To just conform to society and say because it feels good or makes you feel or look like a better person we should say it’s ok? I can’t in good conscience do that. I feel really bad for homosexuals. But I feel like it’s a struggle just like any other sin people try to overcome.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I have no idea and think about it often. I don’t know what Jesus thinks about it and think there are good arguments both ways.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc.
    I would love to adopt, but won’t. I feel like people are called or mean’t to adopt or not. I don’t know how to explain that, but I feel like it’s a calling.

    10. How old are you?
    29 plus 1

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Montana

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    None of the above. I think both are terrible and hate party lines. There is no honestly on either side.

  5. You did post some hot questions! 🙂 I will do my best to answer….
    1)I am a Christian
    2)I became a Christian when I was in college- age 19
    3)Trying to be as brief as possible- I did not grow up in church but my family (most people) profess a belief in God. We went on Easter and Christmas, and sometimes I went to church events with friends. So, I would have always identified myself as a Christian, but now in hindsight, I was NOT until I was in college and everything changed. I went to the University I went to for the purpose of partying! However, I had become increasingly interested in (out of the blue, for no apparent reason- I beleive this was the Holy Spirit drawing me to Him b/c it wasn’t like someone told me I should be doing such and such…etc) reading the Bible. So I partied and read the bible. 🙂 Not too long after I got on campus though I saw a sign up sheet in my dorm for a bible study and decided to go. That is where I heard the gospel (not for the first time, BUT for the first time it made sense to me and I got it). Side note: when I say gospel, basically just the message that there is a Creator who made us for relationship with Him, we broke fellowship by rebelling against His ways, this means that what we deserve is judgement and punishment, but that in His great love and mercy He sent His only Son to be our punishment that we could be restored to fellowship with Him- hope for both life now and eternity. This resonated with me as the truth and really, the difference with Christianity and other religions is that with other religions, it’s about man reaching to God/enlightenment/etc and “being good enough”. BUT with Christianity, it’s about God reaching to us and doing for us what we could not do on our own. We can’t be good enough but HE IS. And, simply believing in God-even the God of the bible- doesn’t make one a Christian- the bible says “even the demons believe, and shudder”. I moved from religion to relationship. I could expound on this more, but if you have any questions or if something isn’t clear, please e-mail me (I put my address at the bottom)
    4)No
    5)On abortion- my stance is that it is wrong. I don’t think this is a “religious” thing so I think that it should not be legal. I have had 3 in my body so I understand that yes, it is an invasion on your body! 🙂 And I am aware that there are cases where there have been tragic injustices to women such as rape, incest, etc and that is so heartbreaking to me. Even if we legalized it for those reasons, they do not account for most of the abortions in this country- I would have to verify this but I heard like 1% years ago. Even if that is not right, I still think it’s a very small percentage. So, taking that off of the table, I know that the woman has to bear the child, but that child is a separate being and I don’t believe we have a right to take the life of another human- to decide if someone else lives or not. I am not going to get into all the details of when people consider the baby a baby- but I will say I saw my firstborn on 4D ultrasound when I was 7 weeks pregnant (before some people even know they are with child) and there was no ball of cells or any of that- you could see arms, legs, hear a heartbeat….human. Personally I believe that at conception there is life. I would like to add that I am not about to be angry at women who have made this decison or rant at them about whatever- but it does break my heart and I feel that if more women were more informed they would make a different choice, perhaps.
    6)I pretty much agree with your stance on this- I think that would be great but I don’t want the gov’t getting bigger and taking over more of our life. I don’t think people should have to be bankrupt b/c of a medical crisis as it is now, without insurance, but I am not really sure what a good answer would be. I do like the idea of competing across state lines to make the ins. companies more accountable to offer better more affordable plans….but that is a different question, isn’t it?! 🙂
    7)My personal belief is that marriage should be between a man and woman (not sure if I would vote for an amendment though)- that being said however, I have no issue with civil unions and benefits being given to same sex couples. There is a longer answer to this question, but this is the short answer.
    8)Totally agree with your answer to this one
    9)Yes I would adopt (would probably already if my hubby would get on board!) 🙂 My personal preference would be for a baby but I can’t say that I would say no to an older child. I don’t care about race or religion of the mother. I would adopt a baby with disabilities because really- when we get pregnant, do we know that baby won’t be disabled? there are no real guarantees- other than for me, as a believer in Christ, that if that is what he wanted for our family, he would help, lead, guide and provide for us and that child.
    10)I am 31
    11)I live in North Carolina
    12)I typically am republican though certainly I don’t agree with everything in any political party
    If you would like to talk further about any of these things, Dy-Anne, please e-mail me- lturner7@gmail.com. My intent here is to respectfully give my point of view in these areas- I hope I accomplished that!

  6. On one hand I’m bummed that I can see how many people have viewed this post compared to how many have answered BUT it’s late and I am happy anyone has.

    I assure you that I won’t be calling anyone out about their beliefs. I cannot change anyone’s mind and that’s not my intent. I’m still truly searching for answers but there’s just more questions.

  7. I don’t think you were getting sucked in to Groupthink, or at least it wasn’t showing. You’re usually the one who offers a different opinion, often disagreeing with what everyone else has said. You disagree with me frequently, and I always welcome that. You’re my voice of reason and my sounding board. Even when I don’t fully agree with you I can understand and appreciate where you’re coming from, and I think that’s pretty cool.

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Atheist 🙂

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    I met an atheist who was out and was a good person and it made me realize that it’s okay to not believe when I was 15. I was poking out of the closet at 16, and by 17 I was mostly out. I still have my foot in the closet door with some people though :/

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I didn’t, because belief isn’t a choice 😉

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    I was raised Christian and I tried to be Christian and I even “led others to Christ” but I as never Christian. It just never fit.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    Pro-choice! And you already know why so I’m not going to bother typing all that out.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I think the USA should surrender to Holland and let Holland take over. Why? Because Holland does everything better than us.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I agree with you, although I’m fine with using the term ‘marriage’ in a legal way. Word meanings change and I think ‘marriage’ means ‘life partner’ now.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    My opinion on this changes with my mood. Usually though I’m fine with the idea of sending the really bad ones to live in a prison like the one in the last season of Prison Break (I think it’s the last season? It’s the one where they’re pretty much free to run around inside the prison)

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    In theory, yeah, I’d adopt. In reality though I’d like to be done having kids. But as for restrictions… I’d probably prefer a baby or a young toddler.

    10. How old are you?
    24

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    You know

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    I don’t identify with any political party, although I was called an “atheist, pro-choice liberal” today. I don’t know why she said I was a liberal since I’ve never said that but I guess she just assumed from all the stuff I post. I probably am a liberal though.

  8. Even though I have been your best friend for 24 years these are answers that you may not know or that have at least changed since we were kids.

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Christian

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    I was 33

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I, like somebody else that posted, simply fell in love with my church, It is also a place where people recognize that we all come with baggage and there is no judgement. You can feel safe to share your testimony without feeling like others are condemning you. Everybody is a person just like you and I. I don’t feel like I would be able to stay with a religion that filled their parishioners heads with lies about being damned to hell if you don’t live under certain rules or perform certain acts. Christianity is simply about having a relationship with God and trying to live the most honest and Godly life that you can without the constant fear of “going to hell”.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    I think that I have always been a Christian.I just hadn’t accepted and expressed it. In my heart I have always believed in God. There just doesn’t seem to be any other answer for me. I have seen too many prayers answered, too many signs when I needed them and just generally felt that my life has been divinely guided.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I have always considered myself pro-life because I, like you, respect the fact that woman can do whatever they want with their bodies. I understand the reasons why a woman would choose to have one after a heinous crime like . I do not think that I could bring myself to have one for any reason. Women that use it as a form of birth control disgust me, that is not an acceptable reason to end a life that I believe begins at conception. I as a believer believe that no child is an and every child is born for a reason. There are plenty of people who are unable to have children that would love the opportunity to love the child that was just discarded like it were trash. However if someone chooses to have an abortion then that is their personal sin and they alone will be the one that has to deal with the guilt and the “what if’s”.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I don’t know enough about the current plan to make an educated argument. What I do know is that the government needs to get a handle on our financial situation before it goes about finding something else to spend our money on. We already have a medical program for poor people. Its called Medi-cal. This topic like so many others is a double edged sword. It hurts a lot and it helps a lot.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    Let the gay people do whatever they want. It isn’t our business and it isn’t our place to judge them. The relationship that they have with each other is between them and God. Yes, The Bible states that homosexuality is an immoral sin and that marriage is between a man and a woman. But who made any of us the keeper of all things sacred? It is the job of the pulpit to teach us what is biblically right or wrong and it is the individuals relationship with God that dictates what they do. If the CHURCH wants to protect the sanctity of marriage that is certainly their perogitive but if the STATE wants to allow a civil union the CHURCH needs to butt out of it.q

    8. What is your stance on the Penalty? Why?
    This one is tough. Thou shall not kill, right? Except the Bible also shows us that there are acts/sins punishable by . I tend to lean towards capital punishment IF there is absolutely NO DOUBT that the person charged with the crime is guilty. I also the idea that there are people sitting on row getting a better life than some poor people. Is prison even a deterrent anymore? Hell in my darkest hours I have even thought about committing some crime to land me in prison just so I could get 3 meals, a bed, schooling, a gym and probably more than I get right now (and it would be homosexual given I’m sure I would be in women’s prison. Will I burn in hell for that perverted thought? NO!!!). My point – maybe we need to kill some people or at least make prison a little less comfy for the pieces of that ,murder and harm children in any way ( f**king ic f**ks).

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    I have often thought about this. I have a huge heart and if I could support another child I probably would adopt and I would more than likely take an older child at this point because my hubby is so much older than me. It wouldn’t be fair to bring another baby into our lives because the younger the child the younger they would be when my hubby dies (given of course everything happens by natural progression and we don’t die in a horrible ). I would only take a disabled child if I were financially able to take care of one. Race wouldn’t matter although I would take a child from America. I commend those who adopt abroad but there are starving and unloved children here too.

    10. How old are you? 34

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) CA

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? Republican although I am not an ultraconservative. I tend to have some Democratic views. I really wish we could drop party lines altogether and just work together for the good of the people. Hey politicians – remember us, the people? It seems to me that it doesn’t matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat anymore. Religion has made its way into politics far more than it should have and too many issues that shouldn’t even be political have become “hot buttons” because of it.

  9. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Christian
    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    13
    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I knew about other religions, my father was very studious and he exposed me to everything and encouraged me to read. Honestly, this was the one that made sense to my real life. I had a terrible anger/depression problem from a very, very young age. I truly tried to control it, but there were moments when I would black out and not remember anything, the only way I knew it happened was seeing my sister’s scratched face, etc. I felt like I was living in a trap that I couldn’t get out of, my family said it might be hereditary. My family started going to a Christian church and we started hearing the story of Jesus. One day, I realized that if what I was reading was true, and Jesus said He could give us a new life, freedom, etc, then it actually could apply to my life. I told God I would give my life to Him, but I wanted to be free. I truly believed it and from then on I went on to become free of it. This was my initial reason to choose it.
    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    I would have to say no. All religions were just knowledge to me before that, not something I followed.
    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I am against abortion in the sense that I believe that a baby is a baby and a living thing when it is conceived in the womb. So I think that a pregnant woman and the baby in the womb should be considered as two people. How that works out with rape, incest, medical danger to either of these people, well, I believe that it has to be approached as two people. I think that this is such a difficult issue because each circumstance is different and decisions around that should be affected by those circumstances, so to say always, always, always, is dangerous. (However, I realize there have to be laws made or not made etc, that’s why it’s such a tough issue!) If it is a choice between a woman will die or the baby will die, then there needs to be discussion about that, not oh we have to choose the baby because abortion is wrong! However, I think sometimes it’s too easily said, well, I didn’t want it and I can’t care for it, so I can stop it from having a life. That decision was already made, because I believe it already has a life. As long as that little one is honored and treated as a human being, I feel like I can be in agreement with people. I think there needs to be careful wording and treatment of this issue because there will be people who take it to extremes on both sides of the issue.
    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I have to be honest, I am not sure. I know that what we have now is messed up in a lot of ways but also that there are pros and cons to each side. I have heard horror stories but then at the same time I have seen people helped by the system. I guess I don’t feel strongly either way.
    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I believe marriage is a very specific lifetime covenant made between a man and a woman. So there cannot be a same-sex marriage. So, I guess by definition, a civil union would not have the same commitment as marriage? I am not sure if this is a question about the legal part of it too, or just the definitions?
    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I guess I feel similar to this about the abortion question, that these issues in politics only have one side that you can pick. I think that crimes should have punishments, but also we have a terrible system that has no vision for rehabilitation or restoration. I know there are people who do get rehabilitated and restored, but there are far more that just get trashed into the system. I am not saying that people should just be able to do whatever they want, but I think the greater issue is that we can’t even think clearly about the death penalty because it’s never about rehabilitation and restoration. So, in short, I guess I am against the death penalty. A life is a life and God is the judge. But I don’t think that the question of whether or not we should be paying for them to sit in prison would be as much of an issue if there wasn’t the burden of so many of them. I would gladly pay for a person who has been deemed totally unable to function in society if they are going to do terrible things over and over again to be separated from society. But because of the system, I think that there are so many people like that now because of how terrible things are and it is a huge financial burden. Kind of a long explanation 😛
    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    YES! My husband and I talked about adoption before we were even engaged. We have put some restrictions. One is that we would like to adopt in country. We are not against adopting out of country (we think that’s great), but we do feel a personal responsibility to take care of the needs right in front of us. The other restrictions are based on our situation right now. We are not equipped to take on any older children. We have a 14mo old and are newly married and feel like we’d like to learn how to have a stronger relationship and better parenting skills to be ready for older kids (you know, some good experience to give to them). Also, I have had a lot of postpartum issues (depression, anxiety, etc) that has made taking care of a pretty easy child a huge deal for me. This has factored into a lot of our decision making because we want to give our future (adopted) children the best shot possible, so we are talking through all of this.
    10. How old are you?
    31
    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Arizona
    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    Independent. I like to vote on candidates by researching their stances and past patterns on issues. It makes voting very stressful, sometimes! Just a funny story – I am really susceptible to propaganda/advertising, so I try to avoid all the bashing and stuff until right before whatever election. Then I research (with my husband) the candidates. I try to take it straight from what they have said/done because I figure, if they are lying, well, then they have to be accountable for it. We each decide and then we go vote. But I take voting very seriously and it becomes extremely stressful for me! Ha ha.

  10. 1–I am currently Christian. I tried all the churches in my (small) town recently and, while I enjoyed most of them, I ended up settling on the United Church of Christ.
    2–I finally decided I was Christian only a few months ago.
    3 and 4– I was previously Jewish. I grew up with Judaism because of my mother, who was interested in the religion (but never had any of us converted) and raised us with it. Judaism is still my “home,” my “comfort zone,” what I love best and am most familiar with, but my beliefs have moved on. G-d is the common link in all of it; I have never questioned His existence. It’s the details that have confused me and made me question every now and then what is the right path for me. I studied religion in college for my bachelor’s degree (in Judaism), and I feel that there is some common truth at the root of all religions, which makes it all the more difficult for me. G-d Himself, though, is never in question. I have seen far too many plans unfold in my life to be able to call them “coincidences” and I have seen too many extraordinary things and too much intelligent design to not believe that there is Someone to attribute them to. I realize we may never be allowed to know all the reasons why things happen the way they do, but I believe that as we look back on the past, we do see to some extent or other why our lives had to happen that way in order for us to be where we are and who we are now. Anyways, so here I was questioning every now and then whether or not I was on the right path, and asking G-d for signs, and actually getting them, but blowing them off as “coincidences.” Finally, it came to the point where I just couldn’t deny it any longer. I feel I was being told that Judaism just wasn’t the right thing…does that mean that Christianity is? That’s the theory I’m working off of now because I have to have some direction, something to work from. I may change over the years, but at the moment I feel that my beliefs are in line with Christianity, but because my favorite way to worship G-d is still through my familiar Jewish customs, I may continue those even though I attend church every Sunday as well.
    5–I believe that abortion is wrong and that adoption is the best alternative (I’ve been told that adoption needs to be an easier process, and that’s fine, whatever needs to be done, but I stand firm on my belief regarding abortion). However, I feel that in the case where a continued pregnancy is likely to endager the life of the mother, then abortion may be an “acceptable,” but terribly painful choice. Life is what I’m trying to save, so logically if the mother’s life is in danger, who’s to say which life is the right one to save? In any other case, save the life of the baby and give him to a loving home if the biological mother so chooses. There are many people out there who are unable to conceive. Why my stance on abortion? It has nothing to do with religion; goodness knows I’ve been quite fickle with regards to that anyways, and as you might have realized, I don’t necessarily take scripture as the literal, word-for-word truth. I just simply feel that there are certain basic morals we’re all born with and that this is one of those cases.
    6–I really don’t know all the workings of healthcare and politics to have much of an opinion on this. However, my husband works in employee benefits and in our area, their company has done good things in driving down the cost of healthcare. So I don’t know for sure, but it looks as though there are other ways of doing this than going for universal healthcare.
    7–Marriage is marriage, I guess…you’re going to be with whoever you want to be with. I don’t think we should deny anyone the rights that go along with that. What if I were married to another woman? I wouldn’t be able to stay at home with my kids and have healthcare and all that. I wouldn’t think that would be fair.
    8–I absolutely hate to think of killing another person; I even have trouble with the thought of animals dying (although I do eat meat–go figure?). So I’m forced to say just leave criminals in jail for life instead.
    9–My husband and I are lucky to be very fertile, so adoption doesn’t really come into the picture for us. I know there are plenty of people who have trouble conceiving, though, and I think adoption is a great option. As I’ve said in the abortion question, I think it could be a win-win situation for everyone involved.
    10–I am 31 years old.
    11–I live in western New York state.
    12–I know next to nothing about politics so I don’t necessarily identify with any political party. I have voted a few times, but I just voted whatever my husband did (Republican) because he actually does have a political mind and is interested in what’s going on in the political world. I am so extremely disinterested, I just can’t get involved. Rather than waste time trying to figure out whose approach to problems is better, who’s taking what stance on which issue, or who’s likely to do what, and who’s telling the truth and who’s lying…I’d rather just take my husband’s word for it and vote however he does (he will explain his positions to me and they make sense, but the way I see it, anyone could probably make any of the political arguments make sense, so again I really don’t know what I would think). He does the same for me; he lets me research family healthcare decisions and bring them to him. We each know our strengths and our interests and we just go with it. That’s our team strategy, so to speak.

  11. I don’t have time to do this now, but want to leave this comment to remind myself to come back to this post. I don’t want to be one who views this post and never answers. 🙂

  12. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Atheist
    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    Around the age of 14
    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    My parents did not raise me with any particular religion, I tried Christianity for 6 months and I kept asking questions and they were giving answers but they didn’t make any sense, nor was there proof for any of it. I figured that out when I was 13.
    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    No
    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    Pro-choice. I don’t even care why a woman chooses to have one- it ends in the same result and it’s none of my business.I value the rights and life of the person who is already here. Women have found ways to have abortions literally since the beginning- this doesn’t mean I’m saying it makes it OK. It means that we will not see it gone realistically and that I would rather a woman received proper medical treatment so that maybe in the future when she is ready she can have a child.. In a perfect world, a woman wouldn’t ever feel compelled to have an abortion, but we don’t live in a perfect world. I think we should work on reducing the rate of abortion with sexual education and free birth control everywhere! I also do not believe a fetus is a person. They are not sentient and don’t feel pain up to 20+ weeks because the brain and nerves are not developed. I also don’t believe in the concept of a “soul.”
    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I believe everyone has a right to health care, plain and simple.
    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I think gay people should be able to get married or have a civil union. One of my good lesbian friends is gay and a Christian. She says God made and loves her just the way she is. The Bible says many things are wrong and people do them all the time- we allow them religious ceremonies, why would we shut out gay people who are religious? Personally I’d never have a religious ceremony obviously.
    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I am for the death penalty. I’ve seen many Christians that are pro-life, but believe in the death penalty. I think those two beliefs conflict with each other and that they are actually pro-fetus, not pro-life, otherwise they’d care about the lives of all people.
    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    Yes, no it would not have to be the same race, no doesn’t matter what religion, but no I would not take a mentally disabled child. I would take a child all the way up to 3-4 years old. I used to care for the physically and mentally disabled, and I know I wouldn’t be able to handle that on a daily basis, many people aren’t equipped for it and this is why many end up in foster care.
    10. How old are you?
    25
    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Maryland, USA
    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I vote democrat, but I don’t really identify as one outside of that.

  13. 1. What religion are you currently? Follower of Christ

    2. When did you become this religion? I was in my mid-twenties

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? I will answer this question with God intervened in my life in a profound way and it felt like I had found something that I always knew was there but could not identify. To answer this question further would take about the same amount of space as the rest of the questions.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change? I was raised Baptist and Catholic. My mother was Baptist and my father was Catholic. They believed that the core beliefs were the same and felt that it would make us more open and accepting of those who were different if we were raised in both. They wanted to give us the opportunity to make our own choice. I left both denominations by high school because of the judgement, condemnation, and hatred I experienced within the church bodies of which we were members. I saw all Christians as hypocritical because I was being treated in a manner so contrary to what I was reading in scripture and what was being preached on Sunday.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? I am pro-choice. I do not think that I personally could ever have an abortion; however, as with you, I do not think that the government should have the control over my body.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why? I am not opposed to having affordable healthcare for all people. I think that the current form of the National Healthcare Plan is not the answer.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? I agree that homosexual couples should have the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. I have not put much thought into the difference between a civil union and a marriage or which would be the correct choice.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I am against the death penalty simply because it costs tax payers more than a life sentence due to the rigorous appeals process.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc I would adopt a child, any child, if I felt that I could give the child a good, healthy, loving home and family.

    10. How old are you? 36

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) Florida

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I am a registered Democrat. On fiscal issues I tend to be extremely conservative and on social issues I tend to be pretty liberal.

  14. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    –Christian

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    –I thought I was at 12, but didn’t really get it until I was 23

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    –Because it’s the only religion that I can find where God pursues us, and not us doing something to have God’s favor.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    –From ages 18-22 I claimed to be agnostic/atheist depending on my mood, but I just felt something was missing. My heart literally hurt to think that there was not a God.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    –I believe that all life is precious, no matter how small (it seems to us). When the fetus is left alone it becomes a human being capable of living/breathing/thinking/etc on it’s own. So just because they are incapable of living outside of the womb doesn’t mean they aren’t a person, and therefore shouldn’t be terminated due to the inconvenience for the mother. The only reason I could see it as viable reason is if the mother’s life would be at danger if the pregnancy carried to full term. At that point I think it should be up to the mother whether or not, but I think those situations are so far and few in between.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    — I really don’t know much about it, maybe that makes me a bad citizen but it seems so confusing and I have a hard time figuring out what to make for dinner every day! The idea of universal healthcare seems good in theory, but with the track record the USA has, I doubt it will work, and work well once it’s put into practice.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    –I don’t know what to think about Gay Marriage. I honestly believe being ‘gay’ is just Satan’s deception in their lives. Not that I don’t have gay friends even now! I don’t tell them it’s wrong, I mean how can I when I have hate in my own heart? We’re both on the same page as far as I’m concerned ‘sin wise’. I don’t think any one sin is ‘worse’ than the other. Even the simplest (to us!) of sins are what separate us from God. So all this to say, whose the government to say who can get government benefits for marriage and who can’t? So can I be pro-gay marriage but still be against it? I don’t think you can fully submit to God and still be gay. I have things in my own life that I don’t want to give up so I am also not fully submitted to God. Ok, I’m babbling now.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    -Wrong. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone! He who has hate in his heart has already committed murder…John 8:7 and 1 John 3:15

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    –If it was something God asked of me I would but for now he’s asked of me to have biological children. But Just something to think about, in Ephesians, God has adopted all of us.

    10. How old are you?
    –24

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    –Texas

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    — I’m not sure! I’m all over the board.

  15. 1. What religion are you currently? Christian (non-denominational)

    2. When did you become this religion? I was saved when I was 13 and rededicated my life when I was 25

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? . I wanted live for a God who represents love, life and forgiveness. I have personally given up “some” of the catholic ideology and am using the Bible, prayer and church to learn about a God that isn’t held in a boxed in by denominations.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    I was raised catholic. I was indoctrinated with beliefs that people held power and the presence of God. That they were the ones that God worked through, not through the rest of us. I couldn’t buy the fact that because a human voted someone into a place of power, that some how gave them special privilege with God. I have a longer story about what changed my mind and what brought me here and would be more than willing to share it with you, if you are interested.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? Personally, I don’t believe in abortion. I believe that God has planned every conception and child and has a plan for them. I do believe in a woman’s right to choose, but this is where my God comes in. Even though I do not agree with it, I will still love them and pray for them and accept them. The world doesn’t need another hypocrite, it’s needs someone who can spread the gospel of love.
    Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5).

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I feel that they need to make health care more widely available and accessible to people, but I think there is probably a better way of doing it than universal healthcare.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? I do not agree with gay marriage. The Bible says that a union is between a man and woman. Again, if that is someone’s choice, I will love them no differently.
    “1 Corinthians 7:2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?

    The bible does state “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.” I do believe that it is not up to us to determine whether people should die. Their judgement will come in time with the coming of Christ.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc.

    I think that adoption is a wonderful gift for many people that have fertility problems or feel that it is their way to make an impact. I think that putting restrictions on a child can be damaging in the aspect that people will have expectations already setup for this child and can be detrimental when these expectations are not met. On the other hand for a person looking to adopt, they best what they are able to handle and by specifying that they don’t want a child with mental/physical/emotional disabilities, they may be doing a disservice by not speaking up against that. I know personally that my husband and I are looking into adopting and I had to tell them that I can not accept a child with special medical needs, because I do not have the time or resources for that. I don’t want to put that child in a home where they wouldn’t thrive. I hope that makes sense.

    10. How old are you? Just turned 28, but we won’t tell anyone else that 🙂

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) I live in Ft. Dodge, Iowa

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I am republican *disclaimer- I live by this quote* “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy quotes (American 35th US President (1961-63), 1917-1963

    I hope this helps and I sincerely appreciate your earnest and honest approach through this journey. You have laid yourself (and your family) out there for the world to see. I see a sincere desire for truth in you and I do believe the Lord is working. I will continue to pray for you and your family! Have a wonderful day!

  16. Dy-Anne,
    I’ll be glad to (try to) answser your questions but have to put it off for another day or two. My sister is here for her “annual visit,” and I’ll have to do things like this after she leaves tomorrow. Good to see that you’re still posting!
    – Sallie

  17. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s responses. It’s made me re-think some of my answers…not necessarily in a “change my viewpoint” kind of way but in a “oh…that’s a good point” and so on. I like hearing the perspectives other people have. 🙂

  18. 1. No religion.

    2. I don’t know. I suppose I was 7/8 when I rejected everything.

    3. Science always seemed to have the answers. Heard many different religious/folk stories about the creation/existence of the universe, and they all seemed as far-fetched as each other.

    4. No.

    5. I am against abortion as a form of birth control, but support it in the case of rape/medical problems/lack of finances.

    6. I think the fact that you get very little free heathcare in the US is almost a breach of human rights. Everyone should have access to equal treatment.

    7. I have no problem with gay marriage, or civil unions, and both options should be open to all parties.

    8. Anti-death penalty. If killing someone is illegal, it should be for the State to do it too.

    9. I would be open to adoption. I would not want a mentally impaired child.

    10. 27

    11. The UK.

  19. 1. What religion are you currently? non-denominational Christian (though I really don’t like this word any more);

    2. When did you become this religion? I grew up in a Christian household, and never felt the need for another religion (since I actually hope that I’m following Christ or have a relationship with him, although this isn’t always lived out in reality!)

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? I have found nothing better than following Jesus. He led by example and not exceptions.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change? n/a

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? generally I’m against government interference, and I’m all for women having choices over their own bodies. You want a tattoo? great! You want to shave your head? OK! However, when another life is involved, I can’t accept your killing of another as a good thing

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why? I wish we would have affordable healthcare for everyone and people were not having to run up debt in order to be well. I’m not sure the government has proven themselves capable of managing this task seeing how we are in massive debt.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? I am becoming more tolerant of gay unions as I see more and more how marriage should be between you and your spouse and God (if you believe in him) rather than the state.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I am OK with it as long as you prove beyond a shadow of a doubt and the crime was particularly heinous. And I have no problem being pro-life in re: to abortion and pro-death penalty here. The unborn child is completely innocent. and the criminal is guilty. Qualify me as “pro-life regarding abortion” if that’s more accurate.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? I love adoption, but I have chosen to not have children so I’d only adopt if God changed my heart on this matter.

    10. How old are you? 37

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) North Carolina

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I am a registered Republican, but have more and more identified with Libertarians in recent years.

  20. 1. I’m not a member of any religion; I’m an atheist.

    2. I was in my early twenties when I lost the faith I was indoctrinated into as a child; probably 22 or 23.

    3 & 4. I was raised a Methodist. I discarded Christianity because I read the Bible, cover to cover, and actually thought about what I was reading. Before I’d even gotten all the way through Exodus, I could no longer reconcile the God of the Bible with the “just, benevolent God” I’d been raised to believe in; by the time I finished, I realized that the promises in the New Testament which could be tested, proved to be untrue – which gave me no confidence that the untestable promises were any more valid.

    So either God was an unjust, morally bankrupt, genuinely evil monster whose word was worth nothing… or, what seemed more likely, he didn’t exist at all, but was an attempt by Iron Age folk to explain the world around them without the benefit of science, and who needed a comforting tale to make death less scary.

    5. I think anyone who reduces abortion to a black-and-white issue with a simple, easy answer has never bothered to actually think deeply about it. There are legitimate reasons it should remain legal and safe; and there are legitimate reasons to desire it to be avoided where possible. However, I believe that for people to arrogate to themselves the right to make that choice on behalf of others is despicable – so I guess that makes me pro-choice.

    (The true irony in the abortion debate is that many of the people who oppose abortion also oppose the very things that would greatly reduce it: comprehensive sex education and easy access to contraception.)

    6. I think that a national health care plan is essential for any civilized society which genuinely values human life.

    7. I have absolutely no problem with gay marriage, and have heard no convincing arguments why I should.

    8. I oppose the death penalty. There’s no evidence that the threat of the death penalty reduces crime or reduces recidivism in other offenders; and as numerous death row inmates have been convicted – or worse, actually executed – upon faulty evidence or flawed procedure, it is fundamentally unjust. When the state executes people for a crime of which they are innocent, it becomes a murderer itself.

    9. No. My wife and I do not want children.

    10. I’m 45 years old.

    11. Ohio.

    12. I do not identify with a political party.

    I’ve only posted one or two comments here, but I’ve read and enjoyed every post.

  21. Wow, as I was reading through the comments I thought I might be the only pro-choice Christian. I’m glad to see I’m not!

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Christian.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    October 2011; I was 26.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I think it actually chose me.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    No, I never had any belief system before last year.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    Staunchly pro-choice. What a woman does with her body is her business and no one els’ese.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I’m for it. I’m Canadian and it’s one of the things I’m most proud of about our country.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I could copy and paste my answer to the last question here. I love that same-sex marriage is legal across our country. I don’t think same-sex marriage is ruining the sanctity of marriage; I think the high divorce rate is. Who is more likely to have a lifelong, committed marriage – idiotic celebrities who meet on Monday and get married in Vegas on Tuesday, or a same-sex couple who has been together for 20+ years? That’s not to say that same-sex couples don’t divorce as well, but I think we focus on the wrong things in this argument. The bible says a lot of things that people dismiss as ridiculous nowadays by saying it was just a reflection of the times (like the bit about how women weren’t supposed to speak)… I think this is one of those things.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I’m completely undecided on the death penalty. I can just never figure out how I feel about it, but none of that has to do with my faith. I hate the idea of executing a potentially innocent person, but then I think about people like Timothy McVeigh where I don’t think there was any doubt of his guilt, and it kind of makes sense. So… undecided.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc.
    My husband and I really want children but at the moment I have no desire to actually grow a human, so yes, absolutely, we would adopt, and there wouldn’t be any restrictions on the type of child. We would likely foster to adopt an older child.

    10. How old are you?
    27.

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Canada.

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    Can I answer this anyway, even though I’m not a US citizen? I would say Independent but I would likely always vote Democrat. I’ve always voted Liberal up here. Actually, my grandfather once told me I have a socialist heart as an insult… I was so touched. LOL HOWEVER, having said that, I want to make it clear that I am NOT saying the US Democratic party is a socialist party, because I really believe that the people who say that and believe that don’t really have a clue what real socialism actually is. 🙂

  22. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    I am a Christian.
    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    My parents are believers and we grew up going to church. I believed in God and Jesus for as long as I can remember. In fact I remember kneeling next to my bedroom toybox to ask Jesus into my heart at age 3! But it wasn’t until I was 14 that I UNDERSTOOD what it meant to be a FOLLOWER of Christ. I realized that in light of all that Christ had done for me and because of his love for me that I could no nothing less than serve him completely.
    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? I felt, and continue to feel, that Christianity is the best of all world religions as it doesn’t require me to DO anything to earn salvation – it is God’s free gift to me and anyone who would want it.
    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    N/A
    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I am against it because I believe that life starts at conception. However, this is not a ‘make or break’ topic for me. I want to be more concerned about the PERSON and the reason behind their choice rather than whether the choice is “right” or “wrong”. Does that make sense? I guess I feel like so much of Evangelical Christianity is obsessed with abortion (and homosexuality) that rather than reaching out to the hurting we turn the hurting away.
    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I think that OUR federal government is not the proper institution for the management of personal health care. I agree with Susanne430 that our government has shown itself to be inept at handling finance. I think our national health care system is broken in term of access I think that it is deplorable that the sick cannot get access to adequate medical care and medications at a reasonable cost and that this is a major issue our nation needs to figure out.
    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I think the same as you about marriage and civil unions.
    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I am not sure how I feel about this. I see the reasons for the forfeiture of life as the penalty for some crimes, but on the other hand, I am not sure that *I* could be the person to hand down such a sentence.
    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    I have complicated feelings about adoption. I have 4 siblings, 3 of whom were adopted. I I grew up with one of them, while the other two were adopted after I was married. My youngest brother is the same age a my oldest daughter. 🙂
    I personally think that adoption is a good thing overall. I am cautiously happy when people begin the adoption process and I do feel excited when the children come to their “forever homes” with adoptive families. Hubby and I had planned on adopting our 4th but then I got pregnant for the 4th time by “surprise” (I was on the pill!!) and so we put that plan to bed. Honestly, I don’t WANT to adopt any more. I’ve seen too much drama and heartache in my own family with my adopted sister, and I don’t think I could do it, or want to do it. Do I think it’s noble? Yes. Do I think it’s right to do? Yes. Do I think that more people should do it? Probably. But after seeing my parents experiences with my adopted siblings – specifically my sister who was adopted from Russia out of “birth order” (meaning she came into our family at age 9, two years older than my brother who was with our family from birth, and was 7 at the time of her adoption), I no longer wish to enter into that hardship or those trials. I fear that I would not have what it takes to mentor and discipline a RAD child (like my sister). 😦 If feel like we are barely making it around here sometimes with the kids we already have. :-\
    10. How old are you? 37, although for some reason I spent the majority of today thinking I was 38. >_<
    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) Washington State
    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    Independent.

  23. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    I’m a Christian 😀

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    Well I grew up in church but didn’t decide myself to be a Christian until 14.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    Sorry if this is a bit vague, but I just know. When I talk to God, I know that he’s there, and that’s enough for me to be a Christian.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    No

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    Personally I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I can understand why some people would and don’t think it should be illegal. Obviously I would think it better for them to not get pregnant in the first place, but what can you do? Life throws many obstacles in your way :’)

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    Well I live in the UK, and I don’t really understand what health care is like over in the US. But the NHS is amazing over here, and I cannot imagine living without it.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I don’t mind gay people being together, getting a civil partnership or being a Christian, but I think if they want to get married in a church the church congregation should have the right to not allow them to marry there. If everyone allows it, then I guess it’s fine, because the church is the people.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I don’t think anyone should be killed, whatever they’ve done. They should just recieve help.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    If I was able to, then yes, but I don’t think I’d have any restrictions unless I had kids of my own that they would need to get on with. For example, if I had children it would be easier if the other child was younger and would be either a young age so I could stay at home to look after them or a similair age so they could go to the same school, though that my cause arguments. I think if I decided to adopt I’d have to think things over more carefully.

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    UK, 😀

  24. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be) I am a Christian.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you) While I was baptized as an infant and participated sporadically in church activities throughout my growing-up years, my faith didn’t become my own until I was 21.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? In every other religion that believes in an afterlife, the people who ascribe to that religion are compelled to do good things in order to earn their way to God. With Christianity, any good work I do is done out of love and devotion to Christ. His death on the cross paid my way and now I love and serve and live for Him because I am so in love with Him. This made sense to me as a young woman and I recognized that I had been trying to earn my way to God, really relying on the fact that I was a “good girl.” But, I hit a wall and realized that I really wasn’t a “good girl” and could never get to God by my own merits.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change? I would have claimed to be a Christian, but that was because I had been baptized and went to church sporadically. In reality I didn’t become a follower of Christ until I was 21.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? I am against abortion, partly because of my own experience, but mostly because I am convinced that life begins at conception and every single human being who is conceived is created in the image of God and has inestimable worth. I have great compassion on women who have unwanted pregnancies and understand that an unwanted pregnancy can greatly disrupt their lives and bring personal shame. However, to abort a baby is to end the life of another human being.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why? I don’t want the government involved in my family’s health care decisions.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? My view is the marriage should be between one man and one woman. If gay women and gay men want to enter into a lifelong partnership with their partners, that’s fine, but don’t call it marriage.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I’m conflicted on this one.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc. We did adopt a child, an 8-year old girl from Ukraine. We already had six children. We have always said we were open to adoption, but we wouldn’t personally pursue adoption unless God clearly orchestrated it. We had this experience and you can read about it on my blog: http://www.cindyfinley.com. This blog started as “Welcoming Katya” when we first hosted Katya, a former orphan from Ukraine. She looks a lot like me, but it just happened that way. We would be open to adopting a child of any race.

    10. How old are you? 45

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) NC

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I don’t identify with a political party.

  25. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    I am a Christian. I attend the Church of Christ, which considers itself non-denominational, even though the label is attached to it by others.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    I was “raised in the church” and was baptized when I was 12 years old. At that time I really didn’t think that I was a “sinner.” I just knew that being baptized was one of the things that you did to become a Christian – so I went through the process and did live what would be called a very good Christian life. In my college years I realized that, indeed, I *was* a sinner (and still am, as we all are; that’s why we all need Jesus) and felt I needed to be baptized again. I did this because I believed that earlier I was just “dunked” b/c I really didn’t comprehend what I was doing.

    3. Why did you decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    As I said, I was raised in a Christian home, with a mother who was the proverbial salt of the Earth. In high school I attended a church camp that taught me even more the true meaning of Christianity. And in college, though I was at a state school, I attended the Christian Student Center, was surrounded by wonderful Christian friends, and studied the Bible and Christianity even more.

    I must admit: After college I backslid due to the influences of a boyfriend and other friends – but I never quit believing. Unbelievably (to me), I even quit going to church. It took me almost two decades to get back into the right relationship with God. I am firmly convinced that it was God who brought my husband halfway around the world to meet me when I was at my lowest point. Hubby had no real spiritual beliefs, but he had always liked Jesus and Christianity. And he had been searching his whole life to find out what was real and true.

    (This seems rather like I’m going off on a tangent from your question, and I apologize, but it all fits together to me.)

    After I got back where I needed to be spiritually, Hubby and I began studying and reading, as I mentioned in an earlier post. We read books on apologetics about God and Christ, we read through virtually the entire New Testament, we read parts of the Old Testament, we read other books, we studied with multiple ministers in multiple cities. I never asked Hubby to go to church with me because I didn’t think it was time, and I didn’t think it was what was needed then.

    But when we bought a little vacation house in another state after I retired in 2008 and I began attending worship services there (I had already begun attending again in our hometown, too), Hubby was so impressed with what I reported that he wanted to go himself. He began to attend and loved it immediately. There were things that happened the first Sunday that we attended that surely must have been the work of God himself.

    Among them: Before services began, when we dropped off a cake in the fellowship hall for that day’s noon meal, one of the elders was there drinking coffee. He welcomed us, and he and Hubby struck up a conversation. Turns out this guy, who worked in the aero-space industry and was certainly no dummy, had formerly been an atheist or agnostic (can’t remember which). Kind of like Lee Strobel, he had started searching and ended up proving to himself the existence of God and Jesus. What a “coincidence” that he was drinking coffee there at that exact moment and that within one minute had began that conversation with Hubby.

    Another such “coincidence” (and I know that they can be written off that way, but I don’t believe that’s what they were): While standing in line for lunch, we ended up being next to one of the only couples there who had no real connections with other folks in the congregation. That means this couple was very open for new friendships and new associations. The man was on temporary assignment there as a consultant for an oil company. They took us under their wing and made Hubby feel very special. I’m sure others in the church could have done the same thing, but this, to me, was just so neat. Again, I feel that it was God providing Hubby with exactly what he needed in his search.

    Now that I’ve begun this saga and small novella, I’ll carry it through to fruition. When Hubby and I returned to our hometown, he began attending Wednesday night Bible study. The class was at the end of a study of Job, and for the next six months, whenever the minister would ask what we wanted to study, he always settled on what I suggested. Messianic prophesies … you got it. Faith … yep. Etc. Etc. Etc. On May 6, 2010, Hubby finally made the decision. He became a Christian.

    Hubby is still growing and maturing in his faith, as am I. But he has never looked back. Our lives are much richer and better now. And I thank God for working this all out in his wonderful, mysterious ways.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    No.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I believe that life begins at conception, partly because of certain passages in the Old Testament. If this is so, then abortion means taking the life of someone, and this is wrong; however, I don’t know how to deal with this concerning the abortion laws in our country. If abortion is basically outlawed, then it would become something practiced in back alleys again, and that is another scenario that is fraught with danger. In comparison, I don’t believe in drunkenness either, but look what happened under Prohibition. That obviously didn’t work. But, then, the lives of innocent souls were not at stake.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I think things are messed up, but I’m not sure what it will take to get it all back under control and going in the right direction.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I believe in what the Bible says about homosexuality, as I believe what it says about everything. In light of that, I cannot condone gay marriage, though some good friends of mine have been gay. I’m not sure about civil unions – still pondering.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    Once again, going to the Bible, I think it says the death penalty for certain heinous crimes is OK – or even mandated. As others commented on this blog, though, it sometimes worries me that innocent people might get executed. But if there *is* a death penalty, I think it should be carried out in the most civilized way possible, even though that may sound oxymoronic. What I mean is that the U.S.’s approach seems more palatable than some other countries’.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc.
    I didn’t get married until I was 40, and at that time Hubby did not want children. We are currently 60 and 60+, so I don’t think the time is right for us now. I do wonder sometimes if I *should* have adopted, but I never felt the calling; I hope that is not just because I might have had on ear plugs. I am currently considering some other way to reach out to young people.

    10. How old are you?
    60

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Louisiana

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    A registered Independent – moderate.

  26. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Roman Catholic.

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    I became Catholic in 2010 when I was 24.

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    I was born, baptized, and raised Episcopalian and it never felt quite right. I found the traditions that came with the Catholic Church to be the thing missing from the Episcopal Church.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    See question 3.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I would never choose to have an abortion unless there were extreme circumstances (ie rape or something that would jeopardize my life and thus the baby’s). However, even as a Catholic I don’t believe that it is the government or the church’s that should be able to tell you can or can’t but only before the point of viability. Some people believe that life begins at conception, some believe it begins when the heart starts beating, others believe it’s the point of viability. If you believe life begins at conception that is your belief just as it is someone else’s belief that the heart hasn’t started beating so they are not ending a “life.”

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I don’t like the proposed Plan. If I were to create a national plan, it would make annual exams free. I believe that many dollars would be saved if people were able to get annual check up, prostate exams, pap smears, mammograms, etc. for free instead of having to wait because of not having insurance. Private insurance would then be in place for other things. Or at least something along these lines.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I believe any people of legal age who are able to give their consent should be allowed to get married. If a church does not want to perform a gay marriage that should be their right but the couple should be able be to “married” by a justice of the peace or a willing minister.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I am not a believer in an eye for an eye but I do believe in the death penalty. There are some crimes that life in prison is not enough. I do believe in an afterlife so I believe they will face their true punishment there.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    I would adopt a child. My husband and I plan to do everything we can to have a biological baby of our own. However, if I am unable to give birth to a child or can only birth one, we will look into adoption. Right now we have no restrictions on the child we would adopt. We have also discussed being foster parents later in life.

    10. How old are you?
    I am 26.

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    I just moved to Iowa.

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    I am a registered Democrat though I try to vote for the person I feel would do the best job regardless of party. There are many things I agree with and disagree with both parties.

  27. I know I’m getting to this late, but I hope you can still find the answers useful. =]

    1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    Atheist

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    20ish

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    My now husband helped show me why being a Christian was illogical. I was making fun of another religion for believing some (what I thought were) crazy things, and finally realized my religion was no better. I took a hard look at my beliefs for the first time and they didn’t stand up to scrutiny.

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    I was a Christian of no particular denomination.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    I am anti-abortion. I hate the terms pro-choice and pro-life because I feel they are appeals to emotion. They also don’t convey any real meaning. If you are for people having the choice to marry a man or a woman, but would not marry the same sex yourself, you call it what it is – pro gay marriage, rather than the ambiguous “pro-choice”. Same if you think people should be able to own guns but would not own one yourself, and for basically every issue *but* abortion.

    I believe that a unique human is created at zygote formation, and this human has all the characteristics needed to qualify as a living person with applicable rights (I could, and have, wrote whole papers on why I believe this but for now I’ll just leave it at that). I believe the right to life is the most basic and precious right we have, and thus trumps the mother’s right to liberty. The only circumstances that I think it is okay is if continuing the pregnancy would result in the mother’s death or the unborn human would die anyway (as in an ectopic pregnancy).

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    I am against it. I think we should move away from health insurance in general other than catastrophe insurance. In this way health insurance would come to be more like car or house insurance. I believe most people would save money this way, because health insurance companies wouldn’t be around if they weren’t making money. I do think there should continue to be some “safety net” programs in place as well as incentives for charities to help the less fortunate.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    I think the government should get out of marriage entirely, leaving it a social and religious institution. I think any group of consenting adults should be able to file for the rights married couples are eligible for now, regardless of gender or relationship. If neither my roommate nor I ever marry, we should be able to become next of kin to each other for hospital visits, file joint taxes, etc just like married people IMO.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    I think it should be reserved for the most heinous of crimes, and only given out when there is irrefutable proof. What I mean by that is video footage of the crime being committed or DNA evidence that cannot be otherwise accounted for. This keeps anyone from being wrongly sentenced. If there is such evidence there is no need for them to get 50 appeals before it is carried out. There is no reason the death penalty should cost the country more than a life sentence.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    I am currently struggling with infertility so there is a good chance we will adopt. I would rather the child resemble me or my husband as I feel it would be less awkward for the child that way. S/he shouldn’t have to explain they are adopted to others unless they choose to, and you take that choice away if they are obviously adopted. I would want a baby since it would be replacing the baby I can’t carry on my own. I want the experience of raising a child from the beginning.

    10. How old are you?
    24

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    Florida

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    Independent

  28. 1. I am a Christian.

    2. I have been devoted since I was 12.

    3. I had a horrible abusive past and believing in Jesus and repenting of my sins to become a child of God brought me true peace for the first time since I was attacked at the age of two.

    4. I was introduced to animal sacrifice by a wicked man (babysitter’s husband) and knew fear and evil as a result, but was raised with a wonderful loving Christian family.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? I want to protect every human life. I am opposed to the idea of abortion unless without the abortion both the mother and baby would die anyway.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? I do not know.

    7. I support marriage only between one man and one woman.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I use to be all for the death penalty, but now I am completely against it because I am for human life for everyone no matter who or what they have done. Now, I still believe in killing in self defense. Yet, I do not believe that we should be allowed to execute a person.To me it seems wrong.

    9. I would rather foster kids that adopt. I do not have a preference, but with my short term memory problems I think that it is best for me to just take care of my own biological children.

    10. How old are you? 30

    11. I live in Iowa

    12. I am a registered Republican but for a presidental debate I would just vote for the best candidate.

    • I want you to know I did read your email – you did not have to post here also but I am glad you did. You answered a question I had but didn’t want to ask simply because I didn’t know why to say about what happened to you as a child.

  29. Hi, I hope it’s not too late to respond here:

    1. What religion are you currently? No religion, but belief-wise Christian and affiliated with the Assemblies of God

    2. When did you become this religion? I was born in the pew (aka pastor’s kid) but at some point made a decision for myself…still in process with this

    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you? I think the religion/belief part is what’s critical here – my denominational affiliation corresponds partly to the fact that I was raised that way and partly to the fact that in my personal belief investigations the A/G is the best fit for me (not perfect, but better than others)

    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change? No

    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why? I’m against it, but I understand it, and I understand the desire to have the freedom to choose. I wish it were possible for all babies to be born and then adopted if not possible for the birth parent(s) to cope, but that’s not reality.

    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why? I hate the idea completely. I don’t think it’s constitutional and I personally know many people who would be in serious trouble if this became a mandate. That being said, I’ve seen it at work in other countries and there may be ways to make it work, but not as it is being presented now. Not at all.

    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why? This is a very hard question. I know the “party line” I ought to spout but I also know that it’s more complicated than a dogmatical declaration.

    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why? I agree with the idea of the death penalty but I think it’s almost impossible to be sure that it’s applied fairly.

    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? I’m certainly not opposed to the idea for me personally, although I have 2 kids already and I’m not really a proponent of huge families. I have 2 boys and everyone asks if I want to have a girl, to which I say I’m not personally going to bear any more children but I could adopt. And I don’t have any restrictions on age, color, race, capacity, etc.

    10. How old are you? 34

    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within) I live in Santiago, Chile (South America)

    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with? I used to always register Republican but I’ve aways voted however I see the issues, meaning I have voted across party lines. Now I register as Independent and do whatever I want. 🙂

  30. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)

    Lack of religion (atheist and secular humanist)

    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)

    Not sure. I think about 12 or 13

    3.  Why did  decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?

    My family left the church, and when we didn’ find another denomination, I became agnostic and eventually atheist. My parents are agnostic and my two brothers atheists.

    4.  Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?

    Mormon. My family left because my parents realized it wasn’t very credible. I was actully Born in Utah and lived in Salt Lake City for a year.

    5. What is your stance on Abortion?  Why?

    I’m fairly indecisive on this, but to make it short I am pro-choice and anti-abortion. I think it’s necessary, and we are hardly in a position or population to be picky, but we should try and prevent the necessity. For example, encouraging birth control as much as possible.

    6.  What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US?  Why?

    See number 10. Although I am fairly involved in politics for someone my age, this isn’t something I’m farmiliar with.

    7.  What do you think about Gay Marriage?  or Civil Unions and why?

    I am fully supportive of gay marriage, and feel very strongly about it. It effects my opinion on a person drasticaly if they disagree on this. I think it is a civil rights issue, and if I were to find out someone I knew were anti-gay, I would react as I would if I found that they were racist. To me they are very similar. I don’t think using the bible is much of an excuse, as there are other things in the darker parts of the bible that modern christians certainly don’t agree with.

    8.   What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?

    This is a tricky one. I’m not one for killing, in any circumstance, and would like an alternative.

    9.  Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)?  Would you put any restrictions on the type of child?  i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc

    I might if having one of my own were not an option or I wasn’t comfortable with having a natural one. I don’t think I could put someone through the pains of birth. The only thing I might have a problem with would be mental disabilities, as I would rather raise a kid to be intelectually able; I don’t think I am the right person to raise someone with a disablitiy.

    10.  How old are you?

    15

    11.  Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)

    New Jersey

    12.  If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?

    I prefer not to associate with a political party as in general they are more of organisations with black and white opinions. Politics shouldn’t be teams. The closest I would be to would be Libertarian. I am a classical liberal, which is the philosiphy behind libertarianism.

  31. 1. What religion are you currently? (or lack of religion as the case may be)
    lds (mormon)
    2. When did you become this religion? (i.e. how old were you)
    i was born into it, but didn’t believe for myself till i was 17
    3. Why did decide that this was the religion (Or lack there of) for you?
    i’d tried living life by my own standards and it made me ridiculously unhappy. i opened my mind and heart to the idea of really TRYING to believe in the things the lds church taught, and i was surprised to find that it really resonated w/ me.
    4. Were you previously a different religion and if so why did you change?
    no
    5. What is your stance on Abortion? Why?
    personally, i think it’s only ok if the baby is a product of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. additionally, if the baby has 0 chance of surviving, i would consider that an acceptable reason to have an abortion (like if the baby had anacephaly – there’s jsut no way to survive w/out a brain). politically, i believe in a woman’s right to choose. it isn’t my place to tell anyone else whether they should or should not have an abortion, no matter what their reasons. if they ask for my opinion, i’ll give it (respectfully), but otherwise, i just assume it’s none of my business.
    6. What is your stance on a National Health Care Plan in the US? Why?
    in theory i think it’s a good idea, but there are so many things that people will NEVER agree on, and many more that i’m sure i’d never think of, that i’m not really sure what to think.
    7. What do you think about Gay Marriage? or Civil Unions and why?
    like abortion, my personal and political beliefs here are different. personally, i believe that participating in a homosexual relationship is wrong. BEING homosexual isn’t wrong, but ACTING on it is. however, i don’t feel that it’s my place to tell 2 adults who are in love that they can’t be married and enjoy all the benefits that come from that union.
    8. What is your stance on the Death Penalty? Why?
    for – some crimes are bad enough that i don’t think the person deserves to live, much less live in a facility that provides them w/ free room & board, cable, schooling, internet, etc. as a free citizen, my family works for everything we have – why should a murderer get a free ride on my tax dollars? i’d rather use that money to put an end to his or her miserable life OR charge them for the resources they consume during their incarceration by forcing them to work. even then, they should have the bare minimum of necessities – they aren’t on vacation, afterall.
    9. Would you adopt a child (If it was within your means to do so)? Would you put any restrictions on the type of child? i.e. must be same race, must be from a mother of the same religion, cannot be mentally disabled, only want a baby, etc
    i really hope to be able to adopt one day. my husband and i talked about this before we got married. ideally, we would like to adopt a baby girl from a country that puts baby girls to death just b/c they’re baby girls. we feel it’s a huge injustice that those poor babies have to suffer that way and would love to be able to save at least one. however, we would adopt any baby, regardless of gender, race, etc.
    10. How old are you?
    27
    11. Where in general do you live (like country if out of the US or State if within)
    colorado
    12. If you live in the US or are a US Citizen outside of the US – what political party do you identify with?
    i’m registered as independent. i identify myself as consiervative. i do not affiliate myself w/ the republican or democratic parties.

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