I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use. — Galileo Galilei

“I happened upon a thread on a Facebook page in which the topic of same sex attraction came up in relation to Michael Sam, an openly gay football player, being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft and especially the scene broadcast by ESPN of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano. The publisher of the Facebook page, a page on duck hunting, noted he had lost friends on Facebook for having expressed his objection to same sex attraction both on religious grounds and, as he asserted, that same sex attraction goes against science. He also took issue with the accusation that he is a bigot and homophobe. He cited in his defense his right to speak his mind, a right guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. I posted a comment expressing my support for the right to speak one’s mind and the importance of being true to oneself. Yes, I support the right to freedom of thought and freedom of expression, but I accept that speaking freely is not without consequences. Just as you are free to speak your mind, those around you are free to challenge and comment on what you say.”

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