I recently shared this picture on Instagram.
With this message.
A woman nicely asked me what my religion thinks of me posting a picture they would not approve of.
I thought about it and this is my response…
“My religion is not my mind, does not control my free will, and it is not all of who I am.
My religion does not control my body.
My religion does not define me nor do I allow it to put me in a box.
I won’t be confined, especially as a woman, to the labels of religion or what men tell me I should and should not do or be.
I will always express myself how I see fit in hopes that my daughters and other women do as well.
I will learn and grow regardless of the limits my religion tries to put on me and sometimes that means growing past or beyond the boundaries a religion has.
Women’s rights is a continuous issue in most religions and my religion (Mormonism) has been no exception.”
I hope that this clarifies things a little and will make people think about the deep rooted fears and guilt associated with organized religion. Religion does not need to define us wholly and keep us from thinking and using our free will. Our morals and ethics should be based on what we innately feel is right and wrong, not what someone outlines for us. We are each on our own journey and spirituality is not the same as organized religion.