LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

Nontheist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people & friends.

Members: 18
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Forum is now open for comments only, due to limited moderation.

The original creator has been absent 8 years.  She may no longer identify as Lesbian or as Atheist, but could still experience discrimination due to being listed as creator of this group.  This group does come up on internet search with this person, and her photo photo, as group creator.  We live in era when discrimination can be expected to increase on many fronts.

I moderated since that time. On several occasions, I requested that another member moderate, but was unable to find a volunteer who would actively moderate content.

Please be aware, posts left active on this group, especially discussion forum, can be hazardous to members, even ones who have been gone for many years.  In most states and countries, there is no protection for LGBT people regarding employment, housing, or employment.  The same is true regarding atheists.  Some members may not even be aware of discrimination, and may not be aware that their old posts and images are still there to come back and haunt them.  Posts and the membership list are visible on internet searches.

There has been at least one case of a member of Atheist Nexus experiencing employment discrimination due to their membership. 

Another member of Atheist Nexus was murdered in India, in 2011 (Ajita Kamal).  As far as I can tell, the perpetrator and motive were never found, but Kamal was a known atheist, and known atheists are frequently targeted for brutal killings in South Asia.

Any member who posts, without having their own photo or name on their screen name and avatar, is expressing implied agreement, by default, about the importance of privacy, even on the internet.

A controversial group needs an active moderator, who will look out for the needs and safety of the members, as much as possible in such a forum.

As has recently been done, posts on Atheist Nexus are subject to screenshots.  They are also be subject to internet search.

I recommend that interested members start a new LGBT group, so that there is no issue with long absent group creator and no longer having a moderator.  Until that time, this group is open for a rolling comment wall.  I am not able to expire comments without closing the entire comment page, due to host program (Ning) limitations on moderation.

Daniel W.

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Comment by Daniel W on October 3, 2012 at 9:00am

Christian group files lawsuit against state of california, over "conversion therapy" ex-gay ban.    queerty.com

"Another Christian group, the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, is also planning on filing a suit against the law"
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There has been only one Christian. They caught him and crucified him–early.  (Mark Twain)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2012 at 5:18pm

I really love one-liners and quick comebacks...if you want to buy a book like The Portable Curmudgeon, check out Hlf.com.  They have very good used books at iincredibly reasonable prices (plus S & H, of course)

Another good one is The Atheist's Bible.  The following is in both books: "Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H.L. Mencken

I've heard that one paraphrased  as"...may be having fun."

And today, you could substitute "Fundamentalism" for "Puritanism." 

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 4:08pm

Sk8 - great quotes!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2012 at 3:36pm

Another paraphrased quote (From robert A. Heinlein's Friday):

"Most human progress has been made by people who got tired of being pushed around,"

PS: One of my favorite books is The Portable Curmudgeon, compiled and edited by Jon Winokur

 

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 2:21pm

I've decided that, looking at the course of human history, Homo sapiens should be renamed Homo odium.  Modern events are no exception.  OK there are exceptions, but I'm feeling curmudgeonly.  

Comment by Dominic Florio on September 29, 2012 at 1:19pm

Imagining yourself in someone else's situation is called empathy and it is one of the highest forms of evolution.  Even rats exhibit empathy.  The problem is that not every member of every species has evolved to this point, which results in something such as religion.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2012 at 12:19pm

"...bigots are so stupid...."

That's the main reason they are bigots.  They've never tried to imagine themselves in anybody else's situation.

No imagination, either.  They've been brainwashed since infancy to know that they are the "right" kind of people, and that everyone who is not exactly like them in every way is "wrong."

G. B. Shaw - Caesar and cleopatra:

Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

  • Act II; sometimes paraphrased as: The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.
Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 9:46am

UK Christian Institute:  There are so few gays, they should not be allowed to marry.  The article mentions, there are even fewer Jews in the UK - so maybe they shouldn't be allowed to marry either.  Or for that matter, Blacks, Chinese, White Irish.....  Religious bigots are so stupid.

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 8:35am

Richard and Dominic, bigots touch our lives in so many ways.  That's why we have this group.  You are both right to be pissed off.

Someone who I have known for 10 years died last week.  "Sweet old lady" who once told me, regarding our now-president, "I would never vote for a [n-word].  It floored me.  I used the word "sweet" with sarcasm.   I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but in her case I thought, now someone else can use the oxygen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 27, 2012 at 8:19pm

Richard, if you need to vent.....please do.  We all have moments when we just want to scream or when we need reality-based rational support from others.  I wish we didn't have to still deal with this type of slander and ignorance in our supposed modern society. 

 

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