Survey: Do you know of any atheists who oppose gay marriage? If so, I would like to know why. Gay marriage has always been a religious issue because the gods don’t like gays to marry. Why would an atheist support making gay marriage illegal?
OVER 300 RESPONSES! FABULOUS, THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!
Dear Angry Heretic:
You assume incorrectly that a politically-sensitive issue is “insulting to atheists.” Given the number of intelligent and articulate responses it would appear that you were the only one offended. Perhaps you should be more open-minded with questions that make you uncomfortable, you might learn something. Moreover, a person with any appreciable intellect does not assume that all members of any group agree on all issues.
News Flash: Headlines are supposed to grab the attention of the reader (duh), and as such make no assumptions. We-the atheist community-can learn a lot from Fox News, not the actual ‘news’ of course, but their marketing is painfully successful.
And one final thing: “Don't you EVER use that tone of voice with me, missy. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU'RE TALKING TO? I'll tell you what you're gonna do, you're gonna MARCH yourself UPSTAIRS to your room and you will STAY THERE until I tell you to come out!”
Having known a few gay people whose parents have kicked them out for being gay, I have to believe that it isn't a choice. These people loved their parents, and loved their religions, and some even went through traumatic therapy; they are still gay.
For the sibling marriage argument, I haven't met anyone who fancies their siblings, and even if someone did, they probably only have one or two siblings. That means that they only have to get over one or two crushes, and have the rest of the human race to get married to.
Animals can't consent, which means not only could they not get married, but also any attempt to mate with one is rape.
Charles, you reveal yourself with every word you write. No. Mainstream scientists just can't 'make it up' - that's what the peer review process is about. We are not talking about a couple of studies, we're talking about hundreds of studies over decades - all peer reviewed - that have led to the scientific consensus that there is nothing unnatural or 'disordered' about being gay.
Your 'slippery slope' argument is well-known to us from Fundies Say the Darndest Things. Sexual intercourse with a bird (if that was even possible) or an ape could not be consensual - therefore we would, of course, oppose it.
And why, Charles, as an 'atheist' are you so concerned about gays' "Christian phobia"?
I think your atheist days are numbered Charlie-boy.