DISCLAIMER: Before any of you attempt to "argue" this - read the entire thing. If, after that - you wish to have civil discussion over it - that is fine. Any name calling, degradation, etc - WILL NOT BE TOLERATED - you WILL have the comment deleted and further offenses WILL get you un-friended and BLOCKED... I have had ENOUGH with childish antics to last a lifetime (I know - then what am I doing on FB, right?)...

I am male - so therefore I MUST be prejudice against women and this makes me evil. Was I allowed to choose my gender at birth? Did someone give me a checklist for me to fill out? Ummmmmm.... NO!

I am caucasian - again - yeah - genetics... No choice on my part... But this, invariably, MUST me make prejudice against blacks, latinos, asians, etc... Again, making me evil...

I am spiritual. This IS by choice. Is it something I discuss with others? If I feel lead to do so, yes. Is it something I beat people over the head with? No. But, because, I AM spiritual - I MUST be prejudice against atheists and agnostics and "no-labelers"... Again - making me evil...

I have friends that I love dearly that are male, female, gay, straight, white, black, asian, latino, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Pagan, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, and Agnostic (and many others not listed here). I am NOT prejudice against ANY of these things.

I AM prejudice against ONE thing - the inherent stupidity of prejudice in general - from ALL sides of the fence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These are the base principles this country was founded upon. As long as a person's "pursuit of Happiness" does not injure/kill/maim another - LIVE AND LET LIVE.

(Example) If children WISH to pray in school - LET THEM - AS AN OPTION. Give them ALL an OPTION to pray - or not - as they choose and to whatever higher power (or not) that they choose to pray (or not) to. We started out each school day with a "moment of silence". It was a quick 30/45 seconds where students could pray - if they chose - or simply use it as a quiet mental preparation time to get "geared up" for the day of classes ahead of them. But we RESPECTED each other's RIGHT to do EITHER. We were taught RESPECT and TOLERANCE for "diversity" EVERY SINGLE DAY in this very SUBTLE lesson. (End Example)

From the Judeo-Christian: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..." From the Wiccan/Pagan/Neo-Pagan: "An' ye harm NONE, do what thou wilt. Do what thou wilt under love." And there are MANY more co-relations of "The Golden Rule" throughout MULTIPLE world "religions"

Some will say - "Religion inherently teaches intolerance". So - does this mean that those who choose NOT to be religious/spiritual should teach the very SAME LEVEL of INTOLERANCE that they accuse the "religious people" of displaying?

There was a man - in the late 1960's - who founded a movement (which I will not name here) that claimed - "Man is nothing more than another animal" and as such, he taught "If a man smite thee on one cheek, smash him on the other! Let no wrong go unredressed."

These teachings are more of what I see - between both the "religious factions" and the "non-religious factions" of our country.

THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE FOLKS - There is only ONE place that this constant hatred, "factioning", class/gender/race/religious WAR in our country is going to end. That place is the chaos and destruction of a once great nation. You can sit there and tell me, all day long, "this will NEVER happen here"... But I am here to tell you, TODAY, it ALREADY IS!

If we, as American Citizens, cannot pull our heads out of the sand and our respective "fourth points of contact" - and start cleaning house in our political worlds as well as our personal worlds - that is EXACTLY where we are heading. This country is on the fast train to total chaos - and we as citizens are STOKING THE FIRE! Whether we do it by continuing to polarize our country based on stupid prejudices - across ALL areas of life - or by simply FAILING TO ACT AT ALL.

To quote Earl Pitts... "WAKE UP AMERICA!"

{stepping down off the soapbox now - feel free to disregard, read, etc as you wish}