Worries of one born in Europe – part II

A few examples in full honesty

i'm worried II

I am worried that some of us who are for the traditional family, for honesty, loyalty, personal sacrifice, modesty and respect in marriage and relationships may be considered outlandish by those who just want to tear down frontiers for the sake of immediate pleasure, and “redefined” progress of society. I do not agree that those that are for full human dignity, for the right to life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death might be in any way diminished in their right to exercise their choices and to promote them in schools, media, politics, just because “progressive” laws have been approved that allow professionals to euthanase or make abortions to people in their care.

I am appalled that some people are so much in favor of the protection of animals (me too, I myself have a German shepherd dog, which I dearly cherish and value) but these same people can be simultaneously in favour of the abortion holocaust. Abortion is no contraception method. How can we defend an animal and not a human being? Euthanasia has become lawful in Holland, and not just there. It is allowed when infants suffer from sickness that causes stress and suffering to their parents… so, the decision is given: the child’s life is to be ended! I personally know a child that used to have breathing problems in his early years; this naturally caused suffering to his parents. He is now a healthy, lively eight year-old boy.
I am terribly apprehensive that only little action is taken against the persecution of Christians or to understand the why of the boat immigrants.

“Being a white person does not make you a person of less importance than a person of another race, the same if you are a Christian and not a Muslim, a man and not a woman, a hetero and not a homo”

I wish for a Europe where those that respect God, those that are for conservative or politically incorrect views, feel Europe is their home, not a foreign country where they have a smaller voice or become ghettoed in political decisions and law making. I wish we have a Europe where the concept of hate crimes against a specific group, be it of religious or gender or ethnic origin, has no place, because the common law against robbery, rape, damage of any sort, applies to everyone. The same crimes, the same penalties under the law. Being a white person does not make you a person of less importance than a person of another race, the same if you are a Christian and not a Muslim, a man and not a woman, a hetero and not a homo… Defamation is defamation, robbery is robbery, rape is rape, no matter who the victim was.

“The fact that someone disagrees does not give him/her the right to minimize the other person’s point of view or resort to mockery or ridicule”

Well, of course you can disagree. But the fact that someone disagrees does not give him/her the right to minimize the other person’s point of view or resort to mockery or ridicule as I see some people are doing because they are irreligious or too liberal to be tolerant towards minorities or unfashionable points of view.

 

About the author:

Teresa Fernandes is a teacher in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

 

What do YOU think? Question? Comment? Have your say!

  1. A reaction to this article

    I’d like to start off with this: You might want to live in a world that only exists in the past and you use your religion as an argument to give you back that ‘wonderful Christian utopia’. But the truth is: that is not what religion is for. Religion is an abstract beacon. It has guidelines, not dialogue lines and objectives. It is made to be preservered in a way that it fits in every era. Enough modern Christians who know that. You wear clothes made out of different materials, you cut your hair, you might be a female teacher. You can’t take one rule and neglect the other. You need to be consistent, because using those rules to tell others how to live: that is oppression.

    And yet, you describe yourself as an oppressed minority with the following words:

    “Being a white person does not make you a person of less importance than a person of another race, the same if you are a Christian and not a Muslim, a man and not a woman, a hetero and not a homo.”

    This is a highly questionable statement to make, given the priveleges white, straight Christians have always profited from, while a large part of the world suffered under severe oppression. It still does, actually. So yes, nothing in specific makes one less of a person, but neither does anything make one more of a person. And specifically those who have always enjoyed white, straight privelege, will maybe want to take a step back so all the formerly (and currently) discriminated can catch up.

    You begin explaining that you’re against abortion and euthanasia. You compare abortion to the Holocaust and say all deaths should be natural. And you say this:

    “Euthanasia has become lawful in Holland, and not just there. It is allowed when infants suffer from sickness that causes stress and suffering to their parents… so, the decision is given: the child’s life is to be ended! I personally know a child that used to have breathing problems in his early years; this naturally caused suffering to his parents. He is now a healthy, lively eight year-old boy.”

    Do you think euthanizing your child is an easy thing to do? Do you think it causes less suffering to end a child’s life, than to live with a child that is in pain? Do you think parents euthanize their child because it causes THEM stress and suffering?

    And I’m so happy for that boy, I wish all children had curable diseases.

    I could write an entire book on why I disagree with you, but let me put it short: both abortion and euthanization are two of the thoughest decisions to ever make in life. Abortion is the choice between having a potential child taken away, and giving birth to it in an instable home. Euthanization is the choice between ending the suffering of a person, or letting life be a torture to them. It is not a choice between ending stress or keeping stress. These are very delicate, complicated matters.

    Another line of yours:

    “How can we defend an animal and not a human being?”

    Could you please explain where you got the inspiration to write this down? Because reality is: it’s the other way around. I’m not going to get too detailed, but most people eat meat without the animal’s consent.

    You do not have a monopoly on the truth, only because you are convinced you do. I get that you’re upset because the world is turning a different direction than you hoped it would. And you might not want to hear what other people have to say, you might not want to care about all those ‘unchristian’ and ‘progressive’ points of view, but I suggest you to open your eyes and ears, only for a moment.

    If you feel you are being oppressed by a world turning the wrong way and if you feel you are being oppressed by those who do not share your beliefs, you are not the only one. Because, honestly, no one fits perfectly in this world. But you can’t expect the world and its laws to change in advantage for your sole interest. There needs to be a balance between all those different views and religions and opinions and beliefs, and I think Europe is close to finding that right balance. But balance means sacrifice. All groups need to make a sacrifice, and so did yours, and that might have been even a smaller one than other religious groups.

    Kind regards,

    Lotte

  2. I fully agree with Lotte.
    There is always work to be done in society, and the voice of conservatives is as valid as anyone’s. But let us not engender some non-existent opression to dramatise our views.

  3. I also agree with Lotte. Abortion and euthanasia are two extremely difficult choices to make and these decisions should be made by the family/person involved with the help of specialists. We have no right to interfere.
    As for christians being an oppressed minority let me simply put it like this : you are not being oppressed when another group gains rights that you have always had.

  4. I also agree with the comments above.
    In my opinion, one parent families or same sex parents’ families should have the same rights that the “traditional families” have. Unfortunately there is no equality yet, and for example same sex parents are still marginalized. In my opinion, marriage is as valid as not being married. I strongly defend animal rights and I also defend abortion and euthanasia as people rights. In my opinion, euthanasia and abortion are extremely difficult choices, but people must be able to exercise their freedom choosing whether they want to practice them or not, according to circumstances.

    I think that conservative people should have the right to express their point of view, of course, but I also have the right to question and disagree. I might be “too liberal” or “progressive”, but I believe in an Europe where everybody is free to choose and has a voice. An Europe where some traditions that empowers an oppressive majority (without a doubt for me the white straight Christian men group) is to be ended, in the name of justice towards the minorities (female, LGBT+ groups, immigrants, and so on). And for me there is no such thing as dogmatic traditional values, and most of the times we should think and question them. For me there is equality and happiness that covers everyone.

  5. For me, I like this article on spot. The author is only expressing her freedom of speech and her point of view, so I see no reason for some personal attacking comment, I think what we call our civilization is largely responsible for our misery.

    Where are our moral values? Are we on the right way or on the wrong way? The problem of our society is that we are only being concerned for oneself or one’s own advantage, pleasure, welfare, regardless of others. I think if we follow the law of God the world will be a better place. The law says (Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves).

    So let start thinking about others not just ourselves.

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