What does the "phobic" part actually mean at the end of that sentence?
If it means to fear, to misunderstand or to be made feel uneasy by (as in archnaphobia) then I would argue that the majority of people are at least a bit homophobic (including myself).
If it means genuine hatred then its a different thing. Does anyone know the greek/latin for hatred?
As far as I can tell only religious people are ever this intolerant.
The intolerance comes from the religious obsession with sin and as a result, sex. They're drilled from an early age that sex is bad and homosexuality is a ticket straight to hell. When you've been brainwashed you're capable of any belief, no matter how repugnant.
You could care less could you?
Watch this video:
David Mitchell - Dear America
Stop the scourge of American bastardised nonsense-talk.
I define homophobia as the unease when presented with homosexuality. When i speak of those who are intolerant of homosexuals, I call them intolerant or bigoted.
Post by post, building his arguments by smashing a couple of theirs -- for America.
Again, people do have their own reasons for not accepting gay people...usually it relates in someway to religion, but who are you to say that your beliefs are > theirs? Just because YOU can't come up with a good reason to to not accept gays, doesn't mean there are zero.
I don't know why you think you need a good reason to accept gays. If you like someone, you like them. Why would you be fixated on who they are having sex with? Is that really part of your criteria when choosing to accept someone into your life? Most people do not reveal their sex lives when they meet someone for the first time, nor do they require approval of their sex lives when they are choosing who to accept, so your basis for accepting people would be otherwise really odd, if that is the case. Why can't you keep your dirty laundry to yourself and expect the same of others? Gay people are just people - why are you so fixated on what they do in the bedroom?Again, people do have their own reasons for not accepting gay people...usually it relates in someway to religion, but who are you to say that your beliefs are > theirs? Just because YOU can't come up with a good reason to to not accept gays, doesn't mean there are zero.
For the record, no, homophobes are not inherently evil. But remember, the word "phobia" essentially means an irrational fear. That, of course, does not give them jurisdiction to act on their delusions.
People are entitled to their own opinions, as long as they don't harm other people or break laws....if people choose to not except homosexuality, so be it.
You are as "right" in your views as others are "right" in their views.
You didn't answer my question - what makes your beliefs > theirs?
While I agree that comparisons between victims of homosexuality and victims of racism can be insulting to the latter, I'd say that these cases are pretty specific, and that the OP hasn't done so yet [in this thread, that is].
And there are plenty of reasons not to like gay people, not that any of them are applicable in the real world.
Except that homosexuality is not a set of ideas or an ideology, or an agenda.I don't know why you think everyone has to accept everyone else. Hitler was an evil person who had his own (wrong) ideas....Should we have accepted him?
It's a different sexual orientation over which a person has no control.
And in any case there's no reason to discriminate against homosexuals even if it were a choice.
I'd be lying if I said it didn't gross me out a little, but I'm not a pussy. I can deal with it and I don't let that little bit of unease, as someone else said, get in the way of how I deal with people.
To quote Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, "folks are folks."
There are different wells within us.
Some fill with each good rain,
Others are far, far too deep
An equitable exchange of giving as measured by that which benefits the other. This exchange is mediated by the husband since he is much less likely to be duped or misled by 'evil.'
Queer by Choice dot com seems like a good example, although i didn't explore the site very thoroughly..
I don't think evil is the right word for this thread. I can't think of any people I would describe as "evil".