Target: Children of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Goal: Encourage our young generation to continue to stand for equality of every kind.
Despite the prevalence of judgment in too many of today’s churches, children of the First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota proved that the religion can overcome hypocrisy by embracing equality. Schoolchildren from this church in grades one through five opened a lemonade stand and raised over one hundred and fifty dollars that was then donated to support the marriage equality amendment.
For many, this event has ignited a spark of hope for the future, that it may be better than the past and defined by equality rather than segregation and intolerance. However, this was not the only reaction it elicited. Already, extremist religious groups have criticized the children and their church, describing the lemonade stand as “pure sick and evil” and drawing specific attention to the sinful and scandalous “social liberalism” embedded deeply beneath it all. Life Site News recently wrote an article using covert negative and biased rhetoric to surreptitiously demonize these children and their donations for equality, and they do the same to anyone who tolerates diversity. Sadly, Life Site News is only one of multiple groups that will continue to judge and point fingers at anything remotely progressive.
Whether one believes in the morality of homosexual marriage is irrelevant considering that religious policy cannot govern the state under any circumstances. This case is no different, and the congregation of First Universalist Church is teaching children the importance of keeping the church and state separate. As members of a religious group themselves, the children of First Universalist will be fighting negativity from religious hate groups for the rest of their lives. Yet while such extremists may yell the loudest, they are certainly not the majority. Let these children know that they are on the right path and that they are not alone. Applaud them for setting a positive example for others to see. They are a model for those who espouse religious values as well as those who simply desire to see more love and less hate in this world. They are the future and they give us hope.
Dear Children of First Universalist Church,
I am so impressed that you raised money for such a worthy cause. Your actions have touched the lives of many and the news of your lemonade stand has spread across the country. As an American, I am proud of what you’ve done.
In your lifetime, many will try to tell you that as a religious believer, you cannot support or even tolerate anything supposedly different, such as homosexuality. These people are wrong. No matter your personal religious convictions, it is never okay to force beliefs on other people. Thank you for accepting diversity and equality, and for understanding that America is a free country and not one dictated by religion. In order to gain respect, you must also give it, and this is what you have done.
Continue to grow and accept other people for who they are and what they believe, even if it is not exactly what you believe. There are many people on this earth and many different things to believe. You have shown that you accept each person’s right to choose what to believe in, and you accept people regardless of their sexual orientation. Because of this, I support you and encourage you to remain compassionate. You are the future.
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