Sunday, June 29, 2008
Citizenship, Porn, and Talk of God
As of two days ago, I am officially an American citizen! I was so proud I teared up and cried a little. My parents in-law, husband, and daughter were in the back and while I was getting all emotional over the army reserve guys bringing out the colors, my daughter yelled from her seat that I was, in fact, because the curtain beyond the presiding judge and was going to come out and do a dance. That amused the people within earshot.
I was surprised by how many times the mention of God came up. I came to the States honestly expecting a separation of church and state, but not really seeing much of that. I am totally fine with everyone practicing any religion they so choose, but I do a get a little miffed when I'm expected to follow in their footsteps.
That troubled me when I was trying to buy a bottle of wine early on a Sunday for a party I was going to later that day. I wasn't allowed because someone else's religion says I couldn't! How bizarre is that?!!
Same goes for porn. I can't get the porn channels on my satellite here because some religious dude is offended by it. I'm not! He can have the choice to not have Big Bouncing Bottoms part XVI, but maybe I WANT to have Big Bouncing Bottoms part XVI on my DVR. Heck, I may want to see all preceding parts to make sure I'm caught up on the whole story arc.
I say give me the liberty to enjoy my vices, or give me a better reason than someone else's religion saying it's not right.
Now that I've painted myself to be an alcoholic pervert, aren't you glad I'm a US citizen? I'm really not. I'm a very well behaved individual. I just believe in a little more liberty than others, perhaps.