Ami wrote:Malice, you have yet again misunderstood. Calling it Gay Marriage rather than just marriage is using a different term, for the purpose of description. So why is it so much more offensive to talk about a civil union? To say that homosexuals are exactly like hetrosexuals is not showing due respect to either. Its like saying that Japanese and Chinese people are the same, it diminishes their cultural identity.
Ah. Then you would support calling certain marriages "Chinese marriages" and "Japanese marriages"? Give me a break. Cultural identity? I don't want a cultural identity that constantly sets me up as the Other, as different, as inferior, as wrong. My sexuality is the most unimportant thing about me.
Ask some homosexuals what they'd prefer.
Clearly you do not understand civil rights. You can hardly expect to be taken seriously if you are asking for tolerance and acceptance without being tolerant and accepting. The 'they started it' excuse is something we would expect from children. Your opinions help propogate a system of intolerance and ignorance. Certainy not as much as your average KKK member, but enough that you are part of the problem not the solution.
My point was that I will, by no means, be tolerant of intolerance. I will, in fact, call people out for being bigots. I am totally accepting of their right to think and even to say that I'm an abomination who will burn in hell; I am totally unaccepting of their attempts to create legislation based on this notion.
Identifying a belief, orientation, or skin colour in someone and assuming that is all you need to know about them is prejudice.
Sometimes a determination is accurate and contained. We're talking about beliefs here. If somebody believes that I'm a sinner, and as such, need to be denied fundamental human rights, that belief makes them a nutjob. I'm not dismissing them; I'm describing them accurately. This is the same situation as if somebody believed that they were Napoleon. That belief would make them insane. I would not presume to know everything about them based on that one thing; but that one thing, does, in fact, change my perception of them into that of a clearly defined category.
Yes some religious beliefs are unpopular, and some beliefs if acted upon infringe upon people's rights. If you treat them as they treat you rather than treating them as you think people should be treated you are normalizing their behavior and making it appear more acceptable. You are becoming more like they are.
On the contrary, I treat them exactly as I would have them treat me--with verbal remonstration. We all have the right to speak our minds. I am fully in favor of allowing religious nutjobs to retain those rights. They can even marry each other if they want.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.