Sunday, March 21, 2010

Discrimination Is Wrong

By Belle Touchton – The Missionary Dog
Mommy - Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28-29 NIV

OK – I get it that some places don’t allow dogs. Many dogs are not as polite, well trained, or careful as I am and they spoil it for the rest of us. And yes – I’ll admit that dogs shed more than humans so I can understand people not wanting dog hair around. Some dogs even have disgusting fleas but I certainly don’t. Besides, some people have fleas.

My complaint is about parks that allow other animals to roam freely but they put restrictions on dogs. We went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the only place I was allowed was on concrete. I couldn’t walk on a trail, get in the grass, and I certainly wasn’t allowed inside their buildings. I also had to be on a leash at all times. What is their problem with dogs?

While I was there, I saw prairie dogs running all over the grass. They laughed at me standing on the pavement while they got to stand on top of their hills. The buffalo make a much bigger mess than I do and their mommy wasn’t near as careful about cleaning up after them as my Mommy is. Other places make horses stay inside a pen but not this park. Theodore Roosevelt National Park allows horses to run free anywhere they please. The deer and the elk run free across the trails and leave little presents for the people to step in. No one even considered trying to keep the birds on a leash. I didn’t want to believe it but it is true. That park discriminates against dogs.

Discrimination is wrong. I know it is because the Bible says so. When Mommy reads Galatians 3:28-29, I think to myself – there is no dog nor cat, buffalo nor elk, deer nor bird, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. For people, there are laws against discrimination, so why aren’t there laws for dogs?

It isn’t fair but Mommy says life isn’t always fair and I just have to accept it if I want to find any peace. The Bible also says I’m supposed to forgive and not judge. I guess I’d better listen and forgive the park or my anger will ruin trips with Mommy. That Bible sure is smart.


Cheryle M. Touchton is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.

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