My Personal Republican-Conservative Stance by Peter Moon

I am a Christian Republican Conservative who tolerates Muslims, homosexuals, Atheists, Liberals, and those who do not agree with me. When you hear that sentence, you may have one of two reactions. Either 1) You aren’t shocked, and understand what I mean, or 2) You are completely confused, and probably believe I have a huge problem with cognitive dissonance. But if you give me a few minutes of your time, I think I can explain myself sufficiently.

I grew up in a home, run by parents,  who were devout Baptist Christians. Some will say I was indoctrinated, that I was brainwashed, or that my political beliefs were heavily influenced by my parents. Well, only a third of that was true. By “indoctrinated,” yes, I was taught that my life is valuable, someone loves me, and that my life does indeed have a purpose on this Earth. Some will say that all of that is a lie and I’m fine with that. They have their views and I have mine. Anyways, this background is important to my story. Currently, Christian homes are under attack in our public education system. We’re taught that Christians have always been the bad guys, the racists, the sexists, the intolerable, and so forth. Except, that’s not the case. Never did either of my parents teach me that others who did not share the same faith deserved inhuman treatment or thought. They never taught me that homosexuals are to be ridiculed or persecuted. The same went with Muslims, Atheists, and so on. Even at the church I attended as a child, the same went on. We weren’t taught that Muslims deserved death, and we certainly did not tolerate language supporting that. Yes, I am aware that,in the Old Testament of the Bible, God did tell the Jewish people to attack and destroy another city. And, yes, I am aware that, in Romans, it did say things about homosexuals. I have read these verses, and I have thought about them. But you know what I found? God, who told us to act like Jesus, never told us to kill, harass, or harm homosexuals. In my personal view, I have little against homosexuals. While I may not agree with their lifestyle, or what they do, but I don’t want them to be harmed, or harassed for it. The only case in which I would be against homosexuality (verbally, anyways), is if someone who were gay had attacked someone physically or were pushing their lifestyle on someone else who personally did not approve of that. This standard applies to everyone. You could be a Muslim who believes in Sharia law, a Jewish man who believes in animal sacrifices, or even a pagan who believed that the Sun is a holy deity-as long as you aren’t hurting anyone, forcing your religion on others, or doing something to cause harassment against someone else, then I could care less what your personal beliefs are.

I do not support abortion in any single way; in all cases, I believe that the termination of a human life is wrong and should be illegal. Now, while I do personally believe this, I also believe that this topic should be placed into a ‘state’s rights’ issue, rather than a nation-wide issue. Other Christians may accuse me of not “caring enough”, “not believing in the Bible”, or “not wanting to see the preservation of life.” Believe me, if I were able to, I would outlaw all forms of murder unless it were against another murderer. But, I also understand that our nation, America, is built upon the idea of compromise; if you and the party can agree on an issue, and can agree to disagree, or find a way both of you can be happy, then that’s the best possible outcome. If California wanted to legalize abortion, have tight gun control laws, and wanted to have a welfare state, then I would be just as happy to live in the Republican state of Texas, which at the time of writing this, had no income tax and if it could, limit abortion while extinguishing gun control laws. If you’re happy, and you’re not going to get on me for my beliefs, then I won’t either. In the Bible, Jesus tells us not to be a hypocrite. If your “brother” (fellow Christian can be extended to family, friends, and associates) has a “moat in his eye,” and you want to take it out, then you need to make sure that you don’t have the same problem. I apply this to my life as well; I addressed this before, and after, but I feel it is the best way for a Christian to live. If you don’t agree, that’s fine; we can have a civil discussion about it and maybe we both can come to a middle ground.

In this Social Justice era, Republicans, and especially Conservatives, are branded as “intolerant,” “close-minded,” and “uneducated.” While I do not like to promote myself as an intellectual, I will talk about my open-mindedness. I watch and listen to several atheist YouTubers. One called “Styxhexanhammer,” is in fact, a former self-proclaimed Satanist, Paganist, and Atheist. Do I have an issue with that? If he were me, then yes. However, I cannot force him to believe like me, and I can only pray for him. Also, he is very independent in his views. On issues like abortion, he is very liberal; however, on issues like guns, he is very conservative, where he would like almost no gun control. Sometimes, Styx will talk about issues I disagree with him on. As I just stated, I do not agree with him on everything. But, in my personal belief, that’s a good thing. When a respectable person proposes an opposing viewpoint contrary to your own, there is a chance for both of you to learn more about the issue at hand, and a chance for your views to change. If you put yourself into an echo-chamber, you run the risk of only further placing yourself further and further into an ignorant state. When you listen to a Jesse Watters, make sure you have a Juan Williams to point out the flaws, lies, or misnomers in his arguments. When you have this type of system in place, you will personally benefit. And I know from experience that it has personally benefited my world-view, as well as my personal views.

In conclusion, my personal life is very strict in the moral-sense. I do not swear, I do not say slurs, and I do not do jokes involving them. In my romantic life, when I want to start dating, I wish to stay a virgin until marriage. I also want my children to be raised going to Church and present them with my points of view. However, I will never teach them that homosexuals deserve acts of cruelty on them, nor that Muslims deserve to be treated as sub-humans, or that Atheists should be ignored and branded as idiots. Why? Because I personally do not believe in these things. If I am to talk that talk, then I will need to walk that walk.

I am a Christian Republican Conservative who tolerates Muslims, homosexuals, Atheists, Liberals, and those who do not agree with me.

2 thoughts on “My Personal Republican-Conservative Stance by Peter Moon

  1. I’ll start by saying that my comments are in the spirit of editorial notes for Darrel, not necessarily posted for other readers. Should they be removed from public view once received, that would probably serve to further the goals we all share.
    It’s a well written piece. It also has good messaging, with the underlying message being that we as conservative Christians, can be steadfast in our beliefs without being bigoted. Or in layman’s terms, “Don’t believe the hype.”
    Issue one is the word tolerate. It’s used in the intro, and again in the summation. A left leaning, talking head would use that word to completely destroy your argument. In any context, “tolerate” has a negative connotation. It literally means you’ll put up with something you don’t like. By using tolerate, you deliberately state that you don’t like X, Y, and Z, in the text of an article meant to display to the reader that we aren’t the hate filled people that society’s narrative says we are. It should be changed to “accept.”
    Issue two appears in the middle of the article. The word, “anyways” bothers me. Informal dialect shouldn’t be utilized unless it’s your goal to reaffirm the reader’s established bias that conservative Christians are uneducated hillbillies. If you must use a form of the word, drop the “s” from the end, but better still it should say, “regardless,” or “either way.”
    Issue 3 is in regards to the text, “You could be…a Jewish man who believes in animal sacrifices…” 1. No “s” at the end if you leave the sentence in. In this instance, “sacrifice” is the plural verb form. That said, I’d really like for the sentence to be replaced. Modern day Jews don’t practice animal sacrifice. We just last month watched Muslim people celebrate one of their holidays by slaughtering animals. Its probably best to not give the reader reason to think that you’re not knowledgeable enough to draw the distinction. A different example would be better suited to that end. It doesn’t need to be earth shattering. In fact, we don’t want it to be. Let’s not forget that Jesus was a Jew. Something like, “You could be…a Jewish man singing songs of prayer in Hebrew while sitting on the bus next to me…”
    Really, anything innocuous would do.
    The final editorial comment – you can not describe someone as a satanist in one sentence, and a respectable person in the next!
    Instead of signaling approval of his belief, stick with acceptance. Rather than saying, “When a respectable person proposes…” change it to “When a respectful, non-violent person…”
    That flips the script from you validating his beliefs, to him displaying the behavior necessary for real, and productive discourse to occur. Later in that same sentence, drop the word, “opposing.”
    “…an opposing viewpoint contrary to your own…” is redundant. If the viewpoint is contrary, its already in opposition. Since double negatives cancel each other out, as it reads now, you two are actually in full agreement with one another.
    I hope these comments didn’t come across as too nit picky. I like the article. I like, and appreciate what you guys are doing. I just dont want to see you fall under the horrific attack of the left as this outlet gains momentum.
    Best Regards,
    Seth
    PS. I personally don’t capitalize the words satan, or allah in my writing. I reserve that reverence only for the words, God, Christ, and Jesus when referring to a proclaimed deity. Just my personal quirk.

    1. Thank you for the constructive criticism. While I do believe Styx is not the best person in the world, I do also believe he is a respectable person. However, he himself is a former satanist. He’s left the culture due to reasons I forgot (he explained it all in a video).
      Also, I did catch that Jewish part. I don’t know where I was particularly going with that; I do know that a large majority of Mddern Jews do not practice animal sacrifices. However, the Torah does give explanations on how to do some. I would not, however, claim that all Jews do not practice this. All religions have their extremes, and all cultures have their bad apples. The Westbeuro Church is a good example for Christianity, while ISIS is the best example for Islam.
      Again, I thank you for the criticism, and hope you understand some of my views. I do respect those who can present an opposing view in a dignified, orderly, and respective manner.
      Also, what word should I use instead of “tolerate”?

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