"An aside: today I saw a bumper sticker that said, "I'm gay and I vote". Pretty remarkable considering its an especially conservative place even for Texas. On the same bumper, "Come the rapture, can I have your car?" :)"
"Has trumpet really spoken out against the gay community? Someone please educate me. As far as gay supporters of the a-hole are concerned, it seems a shame to me for them to be shut out. It does seem to be one big area where LGBTQI folks of both…"
"Religion is a false kind of "morality", if your definition of morality is, like mine, about love. I don't mean the kind of love that you feel toward spouse, significant other, family, and friends. I'm talking about genuine…"
"A close member of my family is gay, and I could not be more supportive of the LGBTQ movement. Last year she married the love of her life and I treasure the diversity that my family has gained as a result. Haters and religious nut jobs have been…"
"Joan, not to be overly discouraging, but I predict that most of your attempts at dialog will end in frustration since you're almost always trying to have a rational conversation with a nonrational nonthinking person whose mind cannot be changed…"
"Point taken. Theramin Trees, among many others, talks about the phenomenon of willful ignorance and the accompanying peer pressure that is promoted by the ignorant. As a teacher, I feel that exhorting others not to think for themselves has to be one…"
"Such is the character of the non- inquisitive mind. Critical, higher order thinking is neither wanted nor welcome. Xian hardliners would recoil at the suggestion that they and their counterparts in Islam are cut from the same cloth."
"We are currently living in a similar situation, with an elderly parent who was emotionally, verbally, and physically abusive; now all the resentment, hurt, and bad blood has bubbled up to the surface again. This person has never lived a day of her…"
"Bertold, I don't necessarily agree with Mr Reisch's statement. I think the hate was there all along and the ship of fools simply tapped into it as demagogues often do. I find this even more disturbing, to think that so many Americans are…"
"Personally, I don't think people have changed all that much, and the author is lacking context. There has always been cruelty, selfishness, and lack of empathy for others. There has also always been love, compassion, and mercy. People have…"
"I'm not a history scholar, but the only times I'm aware of religion being officially outlawed, it was done by repressive, totalitarian regimes, much to the detriment of religious practitioners or anyone else seen as being subversive or…"
"From my early childhood, I was inculcated into a fundamentalist xian church. By the time I was in my teens, I was pretty much in the full rebellion mode and totally eschewed the whole thing by adulthood. These people show their true colors when…"
"The big lie is that the persecutors claim to be the persecuted. It's an outrage that people are given a pass to discriminate by invoking their cockamamie bullshit religious beliefs. Adding insult to injury is that these entities are supported…"
Hello Andrew Welcome to this friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking evidence-based wisdom.
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There are LOTS of groups and forums to explore here. I particularly recommend the active, relaxed, freewheeling Hang With Friends. Texas Heathens is worth a look too; and Writing to Congress offers inspiration on ways to respond to our "unpresidented" political landscape.
Groups don't clutter up a "timeline" or "news feed" page; some of us are members of many dozens.
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