As children we were taught to always look both ways before crossing the street. Lately residents on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i are looking both ways, and down to notice a recent act of “vandalism”. Recently two crosswalks on the island were painted into the crosswalks lines to spell out the word “Aloha”. In Hawai’i Aloha can mean many things, mainly a greeting or term of endearment. This amazing act of “vandalism” is upsetting many city and state officials. They claim drivers will not think it is a crosswalk endangering pedestrians. Officials in Honolulu also say it will cost up to $4,000 to repair and repaint the crosswalk. In that case, I say leave it! Pedestrians and drivers at London’s Abbey Road, where thousands of tourist a day reenact that famous Beatles cover-seem to be safe and fine for both. Why not just keep it as a novelty? Now, I understand some residents near these two intersections are worried about curious tourist and residents taking photos near this painted greeting. However, to limit tourist from heading to two crosswalks on the island the city should just take on the idea. They can paint all major intersection crosswalks the same and remind drivers to drive with “Aloha” and share the message of the islands and the people of Hawai’i.
So does everyone have their tree up? Shopping almost done?
The holidays are coming.
I sent my gifts out, sent the Christmas cards out, tree is up, gifts are bought. I hope the holiday season doesn’t go to quick, because I want to enjoy this as much as possible.
So here’s to everyone’s holiday.
This is for my friends and family members who are disconnected with who I truly am. You know who you are:
You’re telling me, I’m gay by choice?
With all due respect don’t you consider yourself to be Christian? Don’t you believe God creates every single one of us in His own design?
I’m not a practicing Christian, but you are and when you shout “Let the people vote” aren’t you acting un-Christian like? Shouldn’t you believe to ‘live and let live’? Isn’t that the teachings not of the Old testament but by Jesus Christ himself? “love one another”?
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." -Jesus Christ
I don’t understand why such an organization like New Hope Christian Fellowship would deny happiness, love and commitment to couples willing to do so. I certainly don’t understand how Pastor Wayne, someone who I as a young teen, trusted and looked up to- Preach such hate by denying others the same rights as straight couples.
Why would I choose to be hated upon and disrespected? Why would I choose to have ‘some’ rights and not equal rights? Why would I choose to lose friends and family members because they think my life style is a sin and theirs is not?
It’s frustrating! Simply because people, pastors, churches and religion itself; pick and choose the scriptures that best suit their agenda and their teachings. This is the main reason I don’t trust and belong to any organized religion. I can’t see myself being influenced by one individual who claims to know God more than my own conscience and heart.
The funny part is that you and the Church preach about Traditional Marriage and don’t practice it like it’s mentioned in the Old Testament. I don’t see anyone outside the Capital shouting to let the people vote on whether or not you’re allowed to marry again after your divorce, or if you’re allowed to eat at the Shrimp truck in Kahuku, or if you’re allowed to wear that cute sweater from the Gap because of its blend of Cashmere and cotton.
I will not try to take anyone’s rights away as long as that their rights don’t infringe on my or the safely of my family.
It’s one thing to disagree on Marriage Equality but to say someone chooses to be gay is like saying someone chooses to be Black, or Chinese, or Samoan, or even tall or short. It’s ignorance and bigotry. We choose who to love not who we are.
You have no right to determine who someone is because you don’t agree on their lifestyle. You certainly can’t deny rights to someone because you don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle. You have no right in this country to grove your religious teachings whether they are right or not, onto others. Our constitution says it clearly in the First Amendment.
I’m not asking you to agree or stand on the right side of history and support Marriage equality. I’m asking you to stop fighting progress because our lifestyle isn’t a choice and the progress we made won’t stop us from the fight for full equality. It’s inevitable, our fight will not go away. We are changing hearts everyday by simply educating those in our lives that we are human, just like you. We love unconditionally, just like you. We have families, go to church, pay taxes, and vote; just like you. We are not any different-just forced to be second class citizens by people; just like you.
You and the church claim to love us but at the same time denying us that right. While a law can’t determine who I love it does determine the benefits of that love.
Isn’t loving someone allowing them to be happy and loved?
That’s what a true Christian would do and I believe with what faith I do have, that’s what Jesus would truly do.
“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” (Luke 23:34)