I've been staying out of this too but it has gone on and on and now is all over the map as far as topics go so why not.......
In all honesty I have a a tinge of discomfort with gayness, and I chalk this up to my pagan view of the world, which is that Tab A has to fit into Slot B in order for the species to survive. but I personally have no problem with someone who is gay wanting to declare their willingness to 'love, honor and cherish' someone of the same sex in the same way as straight people have been doing for centuries before their friends and relatives and whatever GOD they worship, with all if the legal rights and privileges that go along with it. I have had and still have gay friends, some close and some not so close. One of my gay buddies made it clear to me years ago how difficult it was for him to have to keep his gayness a secret from everyone, even his own parents.
I am appalled that anyone or any religion would seriously put being gay as being a sin in the same class as rape or murder. This is one of the many reasons I reject Christianity. Not that there aren't many many decent people who give Christianity a good name. BUt there are many who don't, like the Catholic priests I would never dream of leaving a 15 year old boy alone with (which I would gladly do with many of my male gay friends). SoI'm having a hard time when someone pulls the 'Christian morality' trump card.
Originally Posted by coaster
Paul would not only have been at that parade, he would have been preaching at them from the sidelines. They might call it harassment, while he would have called it spreading the gospel.
I call it "ramming your beliefs down my throat" and if Paul were alive today and were to preach at me I'd tell him to put a lid on it. I suppose hollering at people on the street is an improvement over the Spanish Inquisition. Like I said, I reject Christianity and I can do without the proslytizing that is institutionalized in some branches of it. I don't go around telling people NOT to be Christian, so why are these people in my face trying to convert me?
The last time I looked we still had a separation of Church and State and I think we should keep it that way. That means no fair invoking religious beliefs as a basis for law in the US. You can still do that in many Middle Eastern countries if that is how you prefer to enact laws. And if you want to discuss morality, well, I remember someone asking who felt they the suitable person to cast the first stone. It sure ain't me so I say live and let live.