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!
A lot of gays have reconciled God and homosexuality, or still feel a deep attachment to God regardless of what the religious institutions say. It's . . . it's not exactly stupid. It's faith. They have faith that no matter what the mortal humans in charge of religion on earth say, the immortal God still loves and accepts them. I'm trying to think of a good analogy, but I've just been debating with my uncle for an hour in 80+ degree weather, and my brain hurts.
Let's see . . . a possible analogy (I'm not sure how good it is) is having an absent parent whom you never receive more than a birthday card a year from, and maybe a buck or two inside the card. All the kids at school tease you about it, all the teachers whisper that your parent ran off and doesn't love you any more, doesn't want you and never did. But you have faith that your parent still loves you, and you send them cards and letters and finger-paintings all the time, telling them how much you love them and miss them.
Does the absent parent still love you? Is everyone else right about them? You have no way of knowing for sure, but you know that you love them, and you refuse to give up hope that they do love you.
. . . Sad analogy is sad. :*( But that's the best I can do right now. It's not stupidity, it's faith that everyone else is wrong, and that absent someone really does love you.
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.