Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Right to Choose


The greatest gift democracy has to give us is the freedom of choice.

We choose who governs, we choose the laws, we choose the consequences. We choose where to go to church, we choose where to get a job, we choose where to go to school, what to learn, what music to listen to, what to wear everyday, what to throw away and what to recycle.

We the people have a right to choose, and that right is inalienable and it must be protected.

I will fight to the death for my neighbor's right to choose, even if his choice is different than mine and here's why: the minute I allow somebody else's right to choose to be taken away, I open the door for my OWN right to choose to be taken away.

When one person's right to choose is taken away, it automatically paves the way for other's right to choose to be taken away.

I don't care what you choose, so long as it doesn't impede MY right to choose.

You can go to church, and you can believe what you want to believe, but when you make a decision about a law in this land that inhibits another's right to choose, you are doing yourself, this country, and democracy as a principle an utter and complete disservice.

The first amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. are all welcome, but they are all equal in that they are meaningless when it comes to the law.

When it comes to civil rights, history shows that the tide moves in one direction and one direction only - forward. So vote how you will, but understand that a step backward for one, is a step backward for all.


Kim said...

Very well said. Did you happen to read the official google blog post recently, written by Sergey, stating Google's official opposition to prop 8? It was pretty cool.

BT said...

where can i find this blog post??

Kim said...

Here you go: the blog