Of course, with a preface like that I could no sooner stop reading than a river could flow upstream. It continued like so:
"Literally, the past five places that I have looked at have been perfect for me. Under 300 dollars a month, not too much utilities, close to school and work, but I absolutely HATE IT when they say, "Preferably LDS." or "We're looking for a fun LDS girl to live with us!" It's stupid, it's discriminating. Not all non-lds people are bad and not all lds people are good, either. Take a person how they are, not by their beliefs/faith/religion. Oh and just because they're not LDS, doesn't mean they're going to bring sex, drugs, and alcohol to your home or that they do any of those things at all. We respect your beliefs! Honestly, people, be more open minded about people not of the LDS faith. I'm tired of it. The end!"
I had to ponder it for a few seconds. I was confused. I had somehow missed the offensive part. All I can say to it is amen, amen, amen. I also can't resist passing along one of the comments:
"This is why I don't live in Utah. I strongly believe in the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ (I'm even an ordinance worker in the Atlanta temple), but I'm not interested in being as exclusive and divisive as the Utah Mormons I met when I lived out there. The scriptures specifically tell us to love our neighbor and don't judge, but a lot of them are quick to judge and NOT love; they veil it with "concern" because "they know better". Well you know what? These people you're discriminating against are responsible for their own choices. At judgment day, they will be held accountable for all their own decisions, good and bad. YOU will not be accountable for your roommate keeping the commandments, but you will be asked how you treated them. Did you treat them with love and respect? Did you set a good example? Or did you sneer behind their back and refuse to associate with them because they aren't making the same choices you are?
Incidentally, I've spent more than half my time in Utah with inactive or non-LDS roommates and I turned out just - oh wait, bad example. Also, it's a bit of a tangent but I can't resist mentioning the time when for some reason my non-LDS roommate from Ghana was asking about the law of chastity. I explained it a little and then his non-LDS wife from Cote d'Ivoire interjected, "What are you talking about? Before he met me, he slept with Mormon girls all the time!"
Speaking of offending people, I'm going to talk about Planned Parenthood now. I've been sharing articles about it on Facebook for weeks now and so far no one has started an argument with me. I appreciate that, and I reciprocate the favor. A couple people may have unfriended me, but they won't be missed. I would rather alienate a few fair-weather friends than suppress my conscience and remain silent about the greatest atrocity of my generation. So anyway, if you find it offensive, sorry not sorry.
I haven't heard anything about the Planned Parenthood scandal for several days, and for the time being a totally unbiased and impartial judge has blocked more videos from being released; but although its supporters wish it would just go away it is still ongoing, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced a week ago that it was expanding its investigation. In the meantime, the Obummer administration still refuses to even watch the videos. What if they treated reports of police brutality the same way? (Credit to this guy for the photo.)
So obviously, things are working out nicely and Planned Parenthood has taken irreversible damage even if certain parties continue to willfully ignore the scandal. I predict with confidence that it and other abortion companies will meet their overdue demise within a couple decades. The momentum has been against them for some time now, and it's never going to let up. But in response to the scandal, many of Planned Parenthood's defenders have repeated the same stupid things they always have. Here are the three biggest ones I saw:
Only three percent of Planned Parenthood's services are abortions. Like many statistics, this one is "accurate" while at the same time being a total load of crap. It only makes sense if you count performing an abortion and handing out a condom (for example) as equal percentage-wise. It's about as logical as a bank giving out lollipops with every transaction and then claiming that fifty percent of its business is lollipops. Oh, and in 2013 it gave one adoption referral for every 149 abortions. In what universe does that make any sense coming from an organization with "Parenthood" in its name? The "pro-choice" universe, of course.
It's illegal for taxpayer money to fund abortions. Whoopty-freakin'-doo. That means the taxpayer money just frees them up to use other money for abortions. That makes me feel no better about being forced to give money to an abomination. It's like telling a German citizen circa 1943, "The Nazis aren't using your money to kill Jews, they're just buying food and supplies with it." Yay! (I am aware that comparing people to Nazis is usually inappropriate, but not when their organization kills innocent people on a huge scale and was founded by an outspoken eugenicist.)
Planned Parenthood provides vital services for women's health and without it, they would all shrivel up and die. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but sure seems to reflect what they think. Is Planned Parenthood really the only place to go for those services? I think not. (For some reason I'm recalling the time Obummer lied about them giving mammograms.) Even if it was, there's no reason to think no one else would step forward to fill the void when it's gone. If there is a need then people will fill it.
Now on a lighter note, here is a song that I heard last week and have had intermittently stuck in my head since then. Apparently it wasn't a megahit or anything but I like it. The fan-made video briefly shows old footage of a guy in blackface, which begs the question, is it racist to include a guy in blackface in a montage of old footage? Like, in old cartoons, declining to edit out the racist bits isn't racist so much as it is just being honest about American history. But if you create a montage, then you make active decisions about what to put in, not just what to leave in. But it still is authentic footage and it's not like you created it here and now when people know better. Hmm...