It doesn’t matter what beliefs we hold … they are OUR beliefs and we have a RIGHT to those beliefs.
It is our RIGHT to believe anything we want about gay marriage, abortion, stem cell research, the Iraq war, gun control, God, Jesus, or any other issue.
It is also our RIGHT to disagree with others who hold opposite views from ours.
We even have the RIGHT to publicly protest beliefs that we don’t agree with.
BUT … we need to remember that we can NEVER force someone to change their beliefs.
The individuals who are protesting against California’s Prop 8 have the right to do so, but their chants and signs are not going to persuade anyone to begin supporting gay marriage if it is against their core beliefs.
The same holds true for those who march and hold graphic signs to protest against current abortion laws.
And protesting against someone’s religious beliefs by using online forums to post vitrolic and venomous comments accomplishes nothing.
Furthermore, damaging property (or even inflicting bodily harm) is the least effective way to sway another’s beliefs.
People believe as they do as a result of heredity and environment, plus life experiences. New beliefs happen because someone makes the choice to change their opinion about something. It is an action that is taken by the individual. It will never occur due to someone else applying force.