This is a sad, but true, commentary on just how far we have fallen as a country.


By Kada / 13 May 2013

Mom, Dad, thereís something I need to tell you.
This is kind of hard to understand, so you may want to sit down.

I am Christian.

You might be thinking this is your fault, or wondering what everyone else will think now that you have a Christian daughter. I just want you to know itís not your fault, and no, this is not just a phase. Iíve thought about it a lot, and I suppose I first knew I was Christian when I started talking to another Christian girl at my school.

Even before I spoke to her directly, I could see how despite all the taunts from the students and faculty, she stayed true to her beliefs. She never became mad or lashed out, although once I did see her cry. And that made me wonder, what could possibly make someone so strong, and yet leave them so vulnerable in this society.

So I went to work. I researched this God, this Jesus, and discovered the true meaning of faith and being a Christian. Loving others more than yourself, being truly forgiven, and the promise of an everlasting home.

That was why she could do it, every time they told her how stupid she was, or said she was a close-minded intolerant freak, or pushed her down and asked her where her God was now. I stayed out of it; I didnít help or defend her. I was taught to be tolerant and accepting of others, and was told being religions meant you were not tolerant or accepting.

But Iíve seen the lie in that. Being a Christian didnít make her the bully, it made her the target.

She never told me why she didnít report the people who bullied her. Although, now Iím sure the faculty would have been reluctant to do anything to protect her anyway. I wish I could talk to her, tell her Iím sorry for standing by, and passing with my head low because helping her would have been ďun-coolĒ. I wish I could be her friend now. But she is being home-schooled now.

Iíve told you her story because now that Iím coming out, mine will probably be much like hers. I know that life will be more difficult for us, and I want to help you understand this as much as I can. I want be there for you just as I hope you will be there for me.

Mom, Dad, I will always love you.

I hope you can accept me, even as a Christian.