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I went to Catholic school through 8th grade, and by then I'd had more than a lifetime supply. Religious freedom is a good thing, and an important thing. But let's not forget that it means everyone's free to believe whatever bullshit they want. It doesn't mean they get to shove it down other people's throats.
Those arguments are akin to "I don't care if you're gay. Just don't kiss or hold hands in public or tell me you're gay. Why do you feel the need to shove it down my throat?"
Bertold, that sounds just like arguments I heard when I was a kid, discouraging interracial male-female couples from marrying and having children because their children would be harassed. (And their children wouldn't have a clear identity and heritage, etc.)
Andrew & GC - one of my favorite arguments coming out of the metastasized-hypocrisy-persecution complex is that gay couples shouldn't be allowed to adopt because their children will be harassed. Never mind that it's precisely these very same assholes doing the harassing.
Ruth has written before about the Persecutor-Victim-Rescuer triangle, a pattern in which people see and define themselves exclusively in terms of those three roles. Notably, if you're a victim (in reality or imagination) long enough, you collect "anger stamps" and "self-pity stamps" which you can cash in for "free" attacks and persecution on your (real or imagined) persecutors, all morally OK because "they deserve it!"
Too true, Carl. There's this cheery news too:
Alabama signs law allowing adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
There's nothing like making bigotry great again!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
~ 1 Philippians 4:13
Just another of the lies preached, taught, and promised to frightened, hurt, and depressed people who feel and think they are helpless. Turning to dependency, or external and supernatural powers does not lead to remedies; rather, submitting to such devices creates victims.
Bertold, during this Grab-em-by-the-pussy administration, I'm not expecting any bold steps forward for LGBT's. Sadly at this point, we need to fight just to keep the status quo so we don't lose what we've fought so hard to achieve.
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