Monday, November 09, 2009

The Church of Equal

I've had a few hard days. News out of New Hampshire is looking like a referendum on marriage equality there. Maggie Gallagher grinning and smiling about the NOM win in Maine.

It makes me sick.

And disheartened. I feel like every step forward we have to fight for, fight over and over for.

Then my son handed me his weekly essay. I edit it for him. I started to cry when I read this. He was asked to write about a religion he would start. These are his words:

"If I could make my own religion, it would be called Equal. It would be called Equal because everyone would be equal with rights and responsibility. There will be no supreme lord that created everything, it would be created by everyone, in some way. Everyone will have power, also to be heard and listened to. When you go into a meeting house, it doesn't have to be on any particular day of the week, but when do you, you don't have to sing. You just talk about things going on and what you can do about it. Then you would just hang out and get to know people.

Equal would not only be about having people equal, but also getting to know people and help out with society. By that I mean helping out with community service, to be helpful in any way, that's because when you help other people it makes you feel good about yourself.

Equal will help you, if you are in need of help with problems in your family or just have problems in your life. If you had to insist on having a god, Equal believes in two gods- the god of luck and the god of misfortune. They have no names. Also, you can come from any background to join Equal, if you were from a Jewish family, Christian family, Muslim family, it doesn't matter. You can still believe in your background's religion- everyone has the right to be Equal.

Equal makes people feel equal, I may have said that but it really does. I would feel really different in a good way and that would happen to me. It just may work for you. I would recommend Equal for anyone who wants a change or wants to be the real person they are, because everyone has something in them that is held back, but with Equal you can let that part of you free! Equal can change you and I would recommend it to you.

Equal has the power to change the world- all you have to do is believe in yourself and Equal. It doesn't matter who you are, you will fit into Equal. Equal will be your guide in life and you won't regret it."

Tonight? I am so proud. No one can take this away from me, no vote, no bill, no legal court case.


Blogger Ms. Moon said...

Yes. You have won.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Sign me up for that religion! Beautiful!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous donald said...

gee, i wonder which son wrote that!!!

what a thoughtful young man.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

What a wonderful child you're raising. The other two don't sound like slackers either.

Those kids will change the world just as much as you have.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me guess! zachary!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

yup, it was zachary...

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

; ) it appears very in-line with his character portrayed from your past blogs. great kid! hope it's an A!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

I'm assuming he will still have a coffee hour afterward, though, right? 'Cause I love me some church desserts!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I think that's the hanging out part. because he loves a good dessert, too!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...


1:13 PM  

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