Living Free Without Fear or Malice

America’s the land of the free and home of the brave or its supposed to be. I think freedom is only for a few and they use that freedom to make life hard for other Americans.

Freedom of expression and the press are not what they used to be. There are books being banned that are sharing the dirty history of this country just because some are offended that it gives them and the country a bad name. Some of those books are helpful in informing people of the differences that exist and telling the stories that might save someone’s life. Civil rights have been long fought for and it’s not right to turn back the clock on those rights.

People are being harmed just for living their lives as LGBTQ folks and the thing about that is that all they want is the freedom to be themselves at no cost to anyone else. I can guarantee you that no LGBTQ person would advocate restricting the rights of anyone who is straight or CIS-gendered. It’s not fair.

My friends I am scared for those who have to make a decision to leave their home state to go to another state where they are safer due to laws being passed impacting their individual freedoms. Women’s rights are being trampled upon and they should have the right of self-determination without politicians getting in the way.

Bravery isn’t bullying people. Its fear and ignorance manifest itself in a dangerous way. I hate bullying. The people who do it need to repent and that means some religious people have some atoning to do.

I am also seeing the influence of extremism and fascism making itself known in places around the world that have been havens of peace and prosperity for all people.

To those who have fought for freedom, you have a responsibility once again to stand up for those who are under attack and in danger. You have to because it’s a moral thing to do. Those who are strong have the obligation to defend those who are at their weakest. It’s time to protest. Make voices in the margins heard.

Now some will say why are you bashing the country, simple I have the right to do so and the responsibility to call out injustice and hatred. This country fought against it in World War II and it looks like it’s having to do it again in 2023. I hope America can do better. America will never be great until all its people are free to live their lives without fear or malice.

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Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding heart, idealist, and blogger. I'm married to Laura the Soup Diva and a dog dad to Mikey, Cody, and Frankie. Daily I work for a blood bank recruiting donors. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious, and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

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