I grew up in south Texas, in a small town that had a population of less that 20,000 until I was 18. I was in church every day if my life, my school even had chapel every week, that read the bible everyday as an openeing ritual, and was attached to my church. I was raised a christian, and I still am a christian. I am a praying, bible reading, church loving, follower of Christ, and I love it.
Saying that, as a christian, I was given an absorbent amount of grief over my choice to support Barrack Obama as the President Elect. I was harassed by family and friends from all around me, and I was confused to see that the only friends that I had, that supported Obama for president, were the ones who don't go to church and don't consider themselves a christian. Some of my friends even tried to make me feel ashamed for voting the way I did, not taking the time to actually do their own research and make up their minds themselves on what they want as a president.
Every time I talked to these people I got replies such as "you want a Muslim to be president after what they did to us?", or "there is going to be a terrorist attack before the end of his first term.", and "he is pro-abortion, how can you vote for murder?' In the end I would feel so beet down that I would just avoid people rather than get into arguments. These people would argue with me and when I would ask if they actually did their research they would tell be "my pastor says", or "I got an e-mail," and my personal favorite they would quote a scripture out of the bible which when taken out of context (and all of them were) would seem like what they were trying to say, but when you read the whole chapter you realize that that's not what God's word was saying at all. Then they would get made at me for calling them out for miss using God's word to bring hatred toward another christian. But I have to say it now.
Yes I voted for Obama, and I am glad I did!
Why? You ask. I am so glad you asked.
I want a better life for my son, one that has him living in a green country in 10 years. I want my son to be able to be approved for health care even though he only has ONE kidney. Currently, I can not get health care for my son because pre-existing conditions, even though he is a strong, healthy, thriving baby! I want this pointless war for oil in Iraq to end. I want us to capture the REAL people who attacked us on 9-11 and I want to try and then convict them like our Constitution says we have to. I want the blithe against our Constitution, known as the Patriot Act, to end, and us to be allowed to live our lives without the government assuming that we all have a plan against it. That's right, the Patriot Act is aimed toward American citizen, and is used against us to hold us without a legal reason. It is unconstitutional and needs to be abolished. I admit that we need something in place, but it needs to be completely legal. I want to live in a land that abides by our founding father's desire that no man be tortured, and every man have the right to a day in court, and jury and an attorney to defend him. I want a president who will fights for women's rights and who will put legal abortion constraints on this touchy subject. I want a president who understands that I need free education in order to make a better life for my son. I want a president who will enable me to buy the house I want in two years. I want a president who is determined to make a change, not one that has the same platform as president Bush has for the last 8 years. I want a president who will make schools educational, and will make gun control legal.
I am so tired of people telling me that religion has anything to do with an election. IT DOES NOT!!!!! Notice that nothing I mentioned above has anything to do with anything a church. I go to church for myself, my family, my friends and my God. Don't give me a load of "we need a righteous leader." Who are you to say that anyone is righteous or not. It is not our place to judge. "Judge not, lest ye be judged" remember. Lets not forget that even a muslim prays to Alla (GOD!) 6 times a day. Do you? Faith and religious belief are not the reason why anyone should vote. They should be voted in based on their platform and record of being able to do what they have said they will do. It doesn't matter what religion our president is from, or even that he is not religious. The question you should ask yourself is, "Which platform do I like the most? Which one defines what I am about and what I stand for?"
I heard so much that we need to elect a president who will put prayer back in our schools, and the ten commandments back in our courts.I have to say, the president can't do that! He can not go against the constitution and combine church and state, that would be illegeal. So stop being stupid! School is a lace for learning what you need to to be able to lead a productive life, to have a great job, and be able to support your family if one day you decide that that is what you want. And our courts have their own laws that are clearly defined, why should we stout that we are better then these criminals, when instead we should just be praying for their souls! Stop demanding things that our forefathers specifically requested that we not do, that is irrational.
There is a reason why church and state is separate. It is so that we all have the right to choose what religion we want to follow. Us demanding that a specific president be in office because his religious beliefs is ridiculous. We all have to right to worship our God the way we want to, without aspects of other religions being forced upon us. That is what the founding fathers came to America for, why can't you accept the fact that we all have the right to choose what we want out of our lives? Every christian, Hindu, muslim, Jew, and atheist have the right to believe and worship in their own way. THAT is why America was formed.
This is the reason why I voted Obama, I have the right to choose with out the regard to race, gender, or religion, AS WE ALL DO by the constitution. I voted because I choose a platform that I agreed with, and it just happened to be a Black man, who has the middle name Hussein, and I DON"T CARE. And neither should you. To all of my christian friends, I feel ashamed by the way you shunned me and I feel the need to say, that I am embarrassed for you. I am sorry you feel the need to put me down because I chose not the have a religious involvement in my choice for President. I am sorry you feel that you need to talk about me behind my back. I am sorry that me saying that I believe the constitution is right offends you. But I am not sorry that followed my heart. I am not sorry that I voted the way I did.
I have to say that if you would have looked for yourself, beyond all of that political propaganda, you would have seen what I saw anyway. I man who was raised by in an amazing family, a man who had a wife and family of his own, a man that went to church every Sunday, a man that has fought most of his life for the better good of this country as a attorney, a senator, and now a President Elect. I am proud of my vote. I weighed both platforms and made my decision based on that. I am proud of Barrack Obama, that is more than I can say about some of you.