Saturday, June 27, 2015

NO! to a Flag and YES! to Love

Saturday Spotlight Series #25
Today my Saturday Spotlight shines strongly on two historically significant events of this week.

I do not tend to be a person of strong opinions. I can usually see both sides to any argument so clearly that it is often difficult for me to take a stand. 

There is no wiggle room, however, in how I feel about the following two topics that have been all over the media during this past week.

I know that my opinions will not be popular with every person who reads this article or follows this blog; however, I would be happy if this post leads to constructive conversation and an increase in understanding and tolerance. People are people, all are equal, and all of our lives will be improved if we all always remember that.    



No - the confederate flag should not be flown by the South Carolina Statehouse. 

The confederate flag's association with slavery has tainted any justifiable sentimental value it may have ever had. Its political history may be complicated, but it does not represent justice for all. I hope South Carolina takes it down - and I find it tragic that it took nine deaths to spark the debate to do so.





American Flag


Yes - of course gay marriage should be legalized. 

Why would the civil rights of one citizen of a country be different from another? 

The dictionary app on my iMac computer defines Civil Rights as “the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.” A person's citizenship is not determined by their sexual orientation, and it is my understanding that marriage is a civil right. It seems as though with the Supreme court decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, we may have just legalized something that has been technically legal all along! 

I consider this decision to be an overdue step in this nation where we pledge to be “... indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” #LoveWins.  

Love, #LoveWins

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and today I quite strongly voiced mine. 

I encourage you to leave a comment, but I expect it to be constructive.   


Have a wonderful weekend.

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14 comments :

  1. I agree with you completely. I too also tend to see both sides of an argument, but these are both very clear to me. Equality is paramount in both gender issues and race issues. We must remove barriers that stand in the way of equality... even if that is a flag.

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    1. Well said, Susan. I know that southern pride runs deep, and there are many positive reasons for it, the reminders of slavery that the flag presents are just too painful and too full of shame.

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  2. Add me to the list of people agreeing. Conservatively speaking about 100000 per cent. There is just not enough love in this world for us to categorise any of it as second class.

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    1. I agree. We need all the love we can get to obliterate the hate!

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  3. With you all the way...That flag may stir pride in ancestry in some but it reminds others of pain and sadness.....it's just a piece of cloth....take it down. As for gay marriages....I long for the day when people can just be people without labels..can't come soon enough. Now, as an old married lady I sometimes wonder why anyone wants to get married but heck...if you want to you should be able to.

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    1. Your comments Delores, and the others here as well, have done much to strengthen the value of this post. I hope that everyone reads them.

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  4. Once again, you and I see eye to eye. Equality is so important, and every little step is one more in the right direction.

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    1. I agree - it would just be nice if it hadn't taken us so long to take these steps!

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  5. Bravo, Susan, and Amen to all that you voiced above! Equality for all and we can only keep praying that there be more authentic tolerance in our world!

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  6. I really never understood why anyone would be flying the flag of an organization that hasn't existed for over a century.?? And I think everyone should be able to enjoy the freedoms and privileges of their country - AND be able to express their opinions without prejudice. We're all in this together! :)

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  7. Right on, Susan! I guess I really didn't know that government buildings in So. Carolina and probably other states still flew that disgusting flag until all of this came about. No accounting for the South, I guess! They are still fighting the Civil War after all of these years and it's really sad. I also agree with every citizen having the same rights. It's what our country was built on. I do not believe in any kind of discrimination.

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    1. I was surprised to find out that states still fly the confederate flag as well, Lynn. Thank you for your comment.

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