Posts tagged lgbt
Posts tagged lgbt
Labels frustrate me. Gay, straight, male, female, atheist, theist, Republican, Democrat - all of them do. Because we use these labels to sort people into these groups and make blanket assumptions about the lot of them based solely on these labels.
But when we assume characteristics about a person based on a label (even if it is one that they have applied to themselves), we are not allowing ourselves to truly know that person, and they get judged before we know anything about them.
People are far too complex to just be able to tell everything, or even anything, about them from a few adjectives. Someone might be a gay Democratic politician but they could still be hateful towards Jews. Someone with a PhD in theoretical physics could be a staunch Christian.
But we assume things about people - we assume that atheism is associated with intelligence or amorality (depending on the lens through which you look at it), theism with ignorance or morality. We assume that people born with a Y chromosome will fit into Male gender roles. We assume that a white straight male is automatically born into a better situation than a black gay female. We assume that teens are too stupid to think about anything except sex and music, and that adults are too busy thinking about more important things. We assume so many things about so many people that are completely arbitrary.
And I’m sick of it. If someone is an atheist, it means they do not believe that there is a God. It does not make them a better person than any Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew, nor does it make them a worse person. If someone is born with two X chromosomes, it means that they will have breasts and a vagina. It does not mean they must wear dresses instead of suits, it does not mean they cannot call themselves Steven. If someone is a Republican, or Conservative, it means they have a Conservative political ideology. It does not mean they hate black people, gay people, or poor people.
So please, I ask you, if you find yourself generalizing about whole groups, painting the world in these us vs. them (white vs. non-white, cis vs. LGBTQ, women vs. men, conservative vs. liberal, atheists vs. theists) ways, remind yourself that the world is NOT split up into good people and Death Eaters - it is FAR, FAR more complex than that.
Even though we are in a world where we interact with far more people than our brains evolved to interact with and treat as individual people, we must do our best to overcome this bias to sort others into these groups, and make assumptions about a person’s identity based on a particular facet of it.
VERY well said
This might explain to that Iamxalex dude from earlier precisely why atheists do debate and argue with Christians and people of other religions about the existence of their God. Because it’s the lynchpin in arguments for murder, brutality, violence, suffering and bigotry.
Taking away the lynchpin in these justifications won’t get rid of such things, but it removes an important and widely used rationale for committing and supporting them.
Some people are gay. Get over it!
It’s recently come out that here in the UK, some bus driver refused to do his job and left passengers stranded in the cold just because he didn’t agree with this advert.
I’m all for employees rights and shit, but when you pull a move like this- and for that kind of motivation- you don’t deserve to keep your job. Absolutely horrid.
Put back religion where it belongs.
I propose it belongs in an giant fire pit of doom, but my guess is that you were implying that it belongs in a Church.
There is no “keeping religion to yourself.” People will always feel the need to shove their religious perspectives down peoples’ throats. I say we eradicate them!
^ Wow. What an absolutely wrong way of thinking about it. That line of thinking makes you no better off than the religious fundies who persecute people based on what they believe.
I’m religious, and I don’t force my religion on anyone. I know many people who are the same. Stop fuckin’ generalizing everyone who is religious as some sort of crazy bible-thumping evangelist who’s out to oppress and hate.
Why are atheists even in there? Wow. SO OPPRESSED.
YEP, OPPRESSED. People who doesn’t have a freaking clue about the matter WHATSOEVER should just shut up until they learn at least MINIMUM amount of data in order not to come out as a redneck idiot.
“All laws against atheists holding office were ruled unconstitutional and unenforceable by the 1961 Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins on a first amendment basis.”
So most (not all) of those laws are meaningless.
A far more current and pertinent example would be societal effect outspoken atheism has on those who don’t believe, at least for the US and UK. Or the treatment of atheists in lesser developed countries.
The United States has its problems with atheists, but I wouldn’t consider it equal to the LGBT community, or women.
Catholic bishop Philip Tartaglia hasn’t even taken up his new post as Archbishop of Glasgow yet, but he’s already facing calls for his resignation.It’s emerged that in a recent speech (11 April) at a religious conference at Oxford University he accused society of being “very quiet” about “the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men”. He went on to suggest that the premature death of Labour MP David Cairns last year was partly due to his homosexuality.
Well, wasn’t that just lovely? In a double whammy for him, today Scotland’s government announced that a bill for Equal Marriage will be brought forward, meaning that it will most likely be law and operational by 2015!
Almost makes you feel sorry for him, doesn’t it?
No, not really.
My personal motivation in life.
Minnesota For Marriage Calls For Execution Of Gays
Via Good As You.
The irony of that last comment is beautiful.
Potholer54: How to confuse a creationist- homosexuality, evolution and the Bible.
This guy never fails to make me laugh, and think. Also, it contains Ricky Gervais, who I think is one of the funniest people taking part in the discussion of religion.
I love Dusty Smith, this video is awesome.
Thanks to robintheghost for the submission!
A Mississippi state lawmaker, commenting on the announcement by President Barack Obama affirming support for same-sex marriage, invoked an old testament bible passage on his Facebook page, calling for gay men to be “put to death.”
Oh for the love of…
This disgusting type of human being is in Governments worldwide. If that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, then I don’t know what will.
Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who founded lobbying group The Pray In Jesus Name Project, appeared on a progressive talk show this week to criticize President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage … But somehow ended up promoting his theory that gay people unknowingly secrete invisible, evil creatures which find and possess certain animals, turning them gay as well.
This guy is completely disgusting. Homophobia is immoral, no matter how it is “justified”. Sickening.
“Everyone who studies genetics will agree with me…that demons cause gay animals”.
Nice logic there, Einstein.
Here’s our cover this week, featuring a rainbow-haloed Barack Obama—America’s first gay president!
Oh for fuck’s sake Newsweek
wtf r u doin newsweek
Oh for the love of science. Not only is Obama “declaring war on marriage” according to Fox News, but he’s also now gay according to Newsweek.
What part of “I think gays should be allowed to marry” don’t you understand???
It’s the kids and wife I’d love to see explained.