I tried to take the middle ground, and write on both sides of the issue of tolerance/intolerance and political correctness. Without pushing rules or religious beliefs... and without slamming those who do choose to stand up for purity, not labeling them as intolerant.... everyone should do what we can to try to make this a better world for our children and grandchildren.
This was written to the tune of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah...
A beautiful cover by Jeff Buckley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ
Leonard Cohen did seven stanzas... all the covers I've heard do only five.
Stand Together, Hallelujah
What’s wrong with our society
When people are afraid to speak
Unless they’re somehow trying to out-do you
We fight against a hidden war
While evil’s knocking at our door!
And nobody remembers Hallelujah
When standing for the innocent
Is labeled as “intolerant”
It sounds like you have let somebody fool you
Come on now people, can’t you see?
What do you want this world to be?
We’ve got to have a dream, let’s Hallelujah!
So, why do people have to be
So damned correct, politically?
And take offense with never having knew you
What kind of battle do we fight
In fruitless effort to be right?
We fall apart without our Hallelujah!
It’s really just hypocrisy
To say you’re fighting to be free
But you don’t let the freedom speak, now do you?
You point your finger at a crowd!
Your need to turn that hand around!
And shout a universal Hallelujah!
To judge someone and force your rules
Makes everyone a bunch of fools
If people don’t agree then, what’s it to you?
We all have hidden fears, no doubt!
But fears can’t make it all about
The things that cause us not to Hallelujah!
Intolerance can turn to hate
But what we choose to tolerate
It’s like insanity has gotten to you
So if we want to take a stand
Against the evil plot of man
Why can’t we take up arms and Hallelujah?
So go ahead against the grain
To try to stimulate a brain
But choose your battles wisely, draw them to you
There’s only one law to obey!
It’s “LOVE EACH OTHER” as they say!
Let’s stand together, shouting Hallelujah!!
1/20/2013 ~ Written for Frank's Hallelujah contest. For more insight on the words I wrote, you can click on About This Poem above the title.