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Old 10-11-2012, 04:57 AM   #661
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This is a really great article on a singer from Australia. He's religious, and he became the poster boy for conservative religious organisations when he won Australian Idol.

Check out these quotes in particular.

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"I still believe in God, I still believe in the fundamentals of that. But I base it on the fact God is love. I don't feel God is what people have said He is throughout generations. For me it's a faith. People sometimes lose the concept of faith. I don't know if there's only one God, I don't know if there's a God, I just have a faith that there is. That's what I've grown up with. But the minute it starts to become about hate, I switch off."
Sebastian's eyes were opened when a male friend he grew up with came out as gay - and fled overseas out of fear of the flak he might cop from the church.
"He moved countries, he was that scared about the whole religious thing because he was brought up in the church. My friends and I were like, 'Dude, why did you leave, what did you think we would say?' It became not a big deal at all.
"Look at gay marriage. I don't think anyone has the right to tell someone who they can and can't be in love with. You look back at the unfair things that happen in history, and this will be looked back on as one of those things.
"People will think 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe the world was in that state, that they held those views'. It's pretty unfair for people to not claim the same benefits; that's ridiculous."


Read more: Losing my religion: Sebastian | News.com.au


It's really not that hard to be Christian and not a cunt at the same time, like so many Christian conservatives who have made the news recently.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:20 AM   #662
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And that's the difference between faith, or believing, and religion. There's no hate in having faith, no calling others inferior, not looking down on people because they look different, talk different, or have different sexual orientation.
Faith is a personal thing, not forced down other people's throats.

I see faith as a beautiful thing. I wish I could believe in something like that.

Religion though? I don't see anything good abotu that. At all.

Especially on this topic. People use it as an excuse to be homophobic or xenophobic. It's really weird how that seems to be acceptable.
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And that's the difference between faith, or believing, and religion. There's no hate in having faith, no calling others inferior, not looking down on people because they look different, talk different, or have different sexual orientation.
Faith is a personal thing, not forced down other people's throats.

I see faith as a beautiful thing. I wish I could believe in something like that.

Religion though? I don't see anything good abotu that. At all.

Especially on this topic. People use it as an excuse to be homophobic or xenophobic. It's really weird how that seems to be acceptable.
Even though I don't fully agree with you, that was very beautifully stated.
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And that's the difference between faith, or believing, and religion. There's no hate in having faith, no calling others inferior, not looking down on people because they look different, talk different, or have different sexual orientation.
Faith is a personal thing, not forced down other people's throats.

I see faith as a beautiful thing. I wish I could believe in something like that.

Religion though? I don't see anything good abotu that. At all.

Especially on this topic. People use it as an excuse to be homophobic or xenophobic. It's really weird how that seems to be acceptable.
Totally agree!

Religion is about seeing the world through human eyes. Faith/Spirituality is about seeing the world through God's eyes - and God doesn't hate, so therefore people of faith cannout hate.
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It's really not that hard to be Christian and not a cunt at the same time, like so many Christian conservatives who have made the news recently.
I don't want to sound like I'm picking on you but it's also not that hard to make your point (which was very good) without using that word. I get that it doesn't bother everybody and that inevitably somebody will come around with the "reclaim the power" stuff, but the source of it is ugly, and the longer I spend on this planet as a woman, the more it bugs me to hear it tossed around. Especially from a young guy who probably really doesn't get why.

Just a thought.
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The intimidation, political bullying and rhetoric from politicians and SSM advocates related to recent events such as Chick-fil-A and the publishing of names and addresses of donors to causes opposed to SSM frankly scares the crap out of me. It's not only un-American but everything SSM supporters project on their opponents... it's borne of sheer hate.


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Sally Ride: Dead at 61

Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, died this year at 61 of pancreatic cancer. Most women live until their 80s. Something strange afoot?
Ride was married to a fellow astronaut from 1982 to 1987. But it was just revealed she had a ‘long time lesbian relationship’ of 27 years. Do the math: her 27 year relationship with a professor of school psychology (and co-founder of Sally Ride’s company) means that she got into that relationship in 1985, smack in the middle of her marriage. It would appear that her childhood friend broke up her marriage.

And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan. Our latest research into recent homosexual obituaries from San Francisco indicates that lesbians are dying on average around 60ish. Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s.

Is this proof that homosexual activity leads to an early death? No, of course not. Had she stayed married, Sally Ride might have died at the same age and of the same malady. But, on average, her death fits a consistent pattern suggesting that homosexuality is associated with an early demise.

Family Research Institute Blog Archive FRR Aug 2012 — Protecting Homosexuality


don't you dare, FOR A SECOND, draw an equivocation between the passion of SSM-supporters and this kind of actual, real, measured hatred that tries to tell gay kids that they're going to die young because they are gay.
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This reminds me also of the haters I got involved with on a facebook post a couple days ago.

PETA has these kind of haters, though these guys were from ALF. I tried to reason with them, but they kept insisting I was blind and stupid, and that truly, we all are herbivores.

Yep, you heard me. Herbivores. Totally. Even when I stated our intestines and teeth don't agree, they said the exact same thing and gave me a PETA link stating otherwise, comparing us to carnivores of herbivores. They had never heard of the word Omnivore. Because we totally don't look like bears, guys!
In the end, I stated pretty much that I got tired and that I hoped they picked up a book sometimes to read actual facts(which, hilariously enough they told me earlier when I stated biological facts. Which I happen to know as I study biochemistry, lol). And that I would enjoy my steak on their account. To that, they lovingly told me they hoped BSE and Creutzfeld Jacob's disease would make a quick return.

How tolerant and loving and free spirited is that?

It's maybe a bit different, but really, is it? These people are so overconvinced of their wrong and bigoted 'truths', they feel it's their right to insult everyone who does otherwise? Why? What makes them better than us?

I like your statement Pearl. Indeed I do believe, that if there is a god, he doesn't hate. People do that, and they blame God to it. All this violence in the name of god, allah or whatever you want to call him. Is that really what faith is about? I highly doubt it!
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sheer hate like this?
"And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan. Our latest research into recent homosexual obituaries from San Francisco indicates that lesbians are dying on average around 60ish. Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s."

This is truly groundbreaking stuff...

Irvine, why do you hate science?
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I don't want to sound like I'm picking on you but it's also not that hard to make your point (which was very good) without using that word. I get that it doesn't bother everybody and that inevitably somebody will come around with the "reclaim the power" stuff, but the source of it is ugly, and the longer I spend on this planet as a woman, the more it bugs me to hear it tossed around. Especially from a young guy who probably really doesn't get why.

Just a thought.
Sorry, I won't use it here anymore. I know the connotations. It has just become a part of my lexicon.
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Thanks, cobl, for sharing that, that was very well-stated.

As for religion, I've no problem with it in and of itself, and certainly am all for faith and spirituality in people's lives. I have issues with organized religion, because of the fact that people can hide any sorts of prejudices or discriminations under the, "Well, it's my religion, this is what we believe" statement. That always bugs me.

But making religion a more personal thing, being a part of an organized religion because of the good things it can bring (a sense of community and people who can help you through tough times or with questions specifically related to said religion, getting together to praise and worship and celebrate) yet not being afraid to question said religion when it does or says things you may not personally agree with, coming to the answers you're seeking in the way you feel most comfortable with? All of that I'm absolutely fine with and encourage.

And on that note, I saw a letter in my local paper today from a religious person that I thought was absolutely awesome and worth sharing. Here's the snippet that best pertains to the topic at hand in this thread:

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I believe in higher education, and those wishing to attend college should have access to Pell Grants that will help them to achieve their goals. I believe in preserving Medicare for the elderly; they deserve more than a voucher that leaves them to fend for themselves. I believe that everyone was created equal and everyone should be entitled to the same basic human rights regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. I believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work and I believe that Jesus believed in helping the poor.
The whole thing is awesome, though, and here's a link to the full letter if you wish to read it. As is often the case, I don't recommend scrolling through the comment section, though :

Jesus never rode an elephant (Editor's Inbox)
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Australian Senate today rejected a Greens motion that would have ruled out legal challenges to state-based marriage equality laws. Damn.
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pointing out areas... that invites shades of gray, and seeing both sides of something, and we can't have that.
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There's absolutely no reason whatsoever a gay couple should be denied the chance to be married to each other and have their marriage recognized by law.
Now, your top quote is from back a page but it points out an inconsistency that many posters have here. Those that so proudly claim to see shades of gray and nuance in all things are 100% black & white on the issue of SSM. They see no complexity in this issue despite holding a view that is contrary to the teachings of ALL major religions as well as the laws, customs and traditions of the past 100 generations.

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No, you just went on a massively glowing post about how our country is so much better than everyone else's, and insinuated that those of us who disagreed even slightly were "indoctrinated" and "anti-American".
Actually what I said is that one that is indoctrinated would only respond emotionally with anger and smears, which we saw, but that an educated person might offer a retort, which Kieran McConville and Galeongirl provided. I wish more people would give us a "glowing post" about their country now and then actually, nationalism is not a bad thing.

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Heck, I think the "Feel good stories" thread alone is full of examples of America and its people at its best, and I can list my own personal examples of where I think this country gets it right. Plus, people like to complain about anything. I complain, you complain, everyone complains. That's life. It doesn't mean, however, that we "haven't learned how to appreciate or defend" our country's good moments.
That's a good point.
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Pardon me, I haven't seen you up in arms over various ballot initiatives to overturn the legislative process. The referendum in Washington State being but one example.
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3 weeks after gay marriage law, NH takes up repeal

CONCORD, N.H. -- Three weeks after the state legalized gay marriage, opponents on Wednesday asked a House committee to repeal the law.

Gay marriage opponents want the law repealed and also want to change the state constitution to ban the unions.

In recent weeks, opponents began a grass-roots effort to challenge the law indirectly by suggesting New Hampshire's 400 House members and 24 senators aren't representative of the people's wishes. They point out that in the 31 states where voters have had a say, gay marriage has been rejected.
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I admit to being torn on this one. We have a representative democracy which means we don't vote directly on everything. If same-sex marriage is to become law this is the "legitimate" route in my opinion.
Actually I've been very consistent as you now can see. Now to address this:

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When I asked INDY about how the Canadian society had disintegrated once gay marriage was legalized he actually pointed me to an article in which Michael Coren (a well-known homophobe and bigot - but I'm sure INDY doesn't know a thing about him) complained that his rights had been curtailed because there was an increase in complaints filed with the various provincial human rights tribunals in the wake of gay marriage being legalized. In other words, our country had gone to shit because gays started to insist that their rights be respected.
"Disintegrated" and "gone to shit" are your gross exaggerations of course. But let's read something from a Jonathan turley article from this week on free speech in the West:

Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech - The Washington Post

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Canada outlaws “any writing, sign or visible representation” that “incites hatred against any identifiable group.” These laws ban speech based not only on its content but on the reaction of others. Speakers are often called to answer for their divisive or insulting speech before bodies like the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

This month, a Canadian court ruled that Marc Lemire, the webmaster of a far-right political site, could be punished for allowing third parties to leave insulting comments about homosexuals and blacks on the site. Echoing the logic behind blasphemy laws, Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley ruled that “the minimal harm caused . . . to freedom of expression is far outweighed by the benefit it provides to vulnerable groups and to the promotion of equality.”

In Canada, comedian Guy Earle was charged with violating the human rights of a lesbian couple after he got into a trash-talking session with a group of women during an open-mike night at a nightclub. Lorna Pardysaid she suffered post-traumatic stress because of Earle’s profane language and derogatory terms for lesbians. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled last year that since this was a matter of discrimination, free speech was not a defense, and awarded about $23,000 to the couple.

Ironically, while some religious organizations are pushing blasphemy laws, religious individuals are increasingly targeted under anti-discrimination laws for their criticism of homosexuals and other groups. In 2008, a minister in Canada was not only forced to pay fines for uttering anti-gay sentiments but was also enjoined from expressing such views in the future.
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So you see, the real problem is that bigots can't be bigoted in public anymore.
Which, however one feels about SSM, should be considered truly dangerous to a free society, especially when "bigotry" or "hate speech" is in the eye (or ear) of the offended. A point that sadly alludes some of you.
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Actually what I said is that one that is indoctrinated would only respond emotionally with anger and smears, which we saw, but that an educated person might offer a retort, which Kieran McConville and Galeongirl provided. I wish more people would give us a "glowing post" about their country now and then actually, nationalism is not a bad thing.
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