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.