It was funny we actually agreed, and dueled at the same time. I brought up peaceful individuals who brought about change, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. She agreed, but mentioned the likes of John Brown, Malcolm X, and Frederick Douglas. I mentioned that change is brought about by dialogue and discourse, and she used the phrase by any means possible. We both agreed that our feet are on the same path and headed in the same direction. And that direction is to erase the stigma that is attached to non - monotheistic religions in a monotheistic country. We also agree that we are entitiled to all the same rights granted to us under the Constitution of the United States, to Freedom Of Religion without persecution of any kind. Even our quotes had a dueling quality, she used Che Guevera, and I used Dante Aligheri.
I ended the conversation with the following lines, that I feel sum up best how I feel about the struggle we are currently in with the Christians: " We may lose a hundred battles before winning even one, but the price is well worth the effort. The road may seem long, but the journey will only make us stronger. " She and I have slightly different ways of looking at our current situation, but we both have the same goal : Freedom........Religious Freedom ! May our different paths lead to the same end !
For my colleague some quotes on freedom by my favorite playwright, Henrik Ibsen :
"A forest Bird never wants a cage ".
" A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth".
" A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong".
" One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore , the man who, stands in the midst of the struggle and says, " I have it, " merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it ".
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !