“Yet, in some cases, some would call someone speaking his or her opinion "hate speech" or "phobia" when it is an opinion, different from the article's opinion, but an opinion nonetheless (i.e., not phobia, not "hate speech").”
“Again, notice that I said that many disagree, not necessarily me. No need for attacking me. Further, I focused on behavior. It could be a heterosexual relationship, and some may disagree with the behaviors of the individuals in that relationship, consenting, healthy, etc. Bottom line: Disagreement does not equal phobia.”
“While some people could be deemed homophobes in that they truly have a phobia of homosexuality, the majority who are mislabeled as such may simply disagree with it. As one who worked in the mental health field, I take issue with the misuse of the word phobia and its use as a buzzword. One may disagree with 2+2=5, but that does not necessarily mean s/he is a 2+2=5phobe. Likewise, many disagree with homosexual behavior but that does not mean that they are homophobes. Semantics, maybe, but I think it is important to consider the misuse of the word phobia in many instances.”
JShankel on Apr 13, 2012 at 15:38:50
“How do you "disagree" with a sexual orientation?
And no, sorry, don't merely "disagree." I call bullsh*t. Because if you just disagree with something...I, for example, disagree with theism...you don't campaign to prevent others who disagree with you from exercising their rights. I'm an anti-theist, but I would never suggest we should outlaw churches or that Christians shouldn't enjoy equal rights.
Also, it's not a mere disagreement over some question of logic. You're not debating string theory or Fermat's Last Theorem. The argument is usually that this behavior is unnatural and repulsive and THAT is a correct use of the word "phobia." "Phobia" doesn't just mean fear. It means fear OR aversion.
So if you're disagreeing with homosexuality on some purely abstract mathematical basis like you'd disagree with the Riemann Hypothesis, then you have no basis for objecting to others not concurring and still being able to get married and rent apartments. Only if your agreement goes deeper than that, like disagreeing with justifications for rape and murder, is there any reason to suggest we should limit the rights of others.
President Obama is as far as I know the only person who has ever disagreed with gay marriage while supporting it. Though I haven't heard from Romney yet.”
TBJ on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:30:00
“Yeah, just because I disagree with people being Asian, that doesn't make me an Orientaphobe. /somuchsarcasm.”
Ulalume s Ague on Apr 12, 2012 at 16:45:06
“Sad that you work in the mental health field. Wose right is it to agree or disagree with anyone else's emotionally healthy consenting and voluntary relationship? Peopl who disagree with homosexuality may not have a phbia, but they are bigots.”
JohnFromCensornati on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:17:34
“How do you "disagree" with an orientation or a behavior? That is ridiculous.
They are afraid. They are afraid of their own feelings, afraid of the god thingy, afraid their children with catch it, afraid that marriage will be unsanctified, afraid of change, afraid of The Other, afraid, afraid, afraid. It's the perfect label for them.”
“Make a parking lot over there and build a Walmart. 30 people have been killed over the Quran burnings. How many people have been killed when the last Bible was burned? And these are the people of the culture itself, not necessarily Al Qaida....and we are supposed to think it is a religion of peace? Really?”
beakndeakn on Mar 12, 2012 at 18:41:35
“While being frustrated about the situation, to "build a Walmart" is not a loving solution. We don't see Christians committing atrocities when crucifixes are placed in jars of urine. Meanwhile, some Muslims kill over cartoons and burning the Koran. We are to be beyond that. We are to love. We don't want to repay evil for evil. The recent killing of Afghan civilians is just as evil as those who kill to avenge the burning of the Koran. Speak the truth in love. We should not be surprised when the lost react with murdering over cartoons and burning of their book.”
ta2t2o on Feb 26, 2012 at 22:56:53
“I spent 4 months there last year and I'm going back again in 2 weeks. I've met a lot of really nice Afghanis. A comment like yours shows a shallow understanding of the people there. Likewise, this General's comments (and he should know better) also presesnts a shallow understanding. Having been to Kabul as well as several other cities in Afghanistan, it woudl surprise people to know that not all people in Afghanistand have electricity - even in places where there is electricity - often it is not operable 24 hours. All of our bases of operation in Kabul aren't even connected to city power yet. The literacy rate for men is less than 50% and for women - less than 20%.
As Americans, it's hard for us to fathom and understand the mindset of a people how still live in houses made of mud, who are primarily agrarian in nature, and some who have never seen an outsider from outside their village their entire life.This is a third world country. We can't keep a city like Detroit afloat and we're the greatest country in the world. I hardly think you can expect Afghanistan to become a stable country in 10 years.”
caplank007 on Feb 26, 2012 at 22:37:16
“Makes one wonder why people of this faith (if that is what they call it) would even want or desire to come to the US? The US is not their Holy Land, so why would they want to build a mosque here? Could it be that they can get their college paid for here compliments of the US government or get a government grant to open a business? They think we are infidels and don't like anything about us. They don't even like or get along with each other. I think it would be very wise to close our borders to them, get out of Afghanistan and stop giving any aid or trade.”
lara04011 on Feb 26, 2012 at 22:05:53
“this isnt about religion, thats what our government wants us to think...this is about the Poppy Plant & what is made out of the Poppy Plant, i.e, Opium.”
QueenoftheSilverDollar on Feb 26, 2012 at 21:46:25
“"Let's kill 'em all" makes you different from the fanatics how?”
“Sometimes people tack on the buzzwords acceptance or tolerance when considering judgment. Tolerance is putting up with something, not necessarily agreeing with or accepting it. Did Jesus accept the Pharisees? If I had a friend who wanted to put his finger in a light socket, should I just "love" him and accept it or should I truly love him by telling him to stop and not accept it? Sometimes, love involves conflict and difficulty. Ask a parent who has to redirect or discipline a child. Thinking about my friend wanting to stick his finger in a light socket: If I hinder him, is that wrong? You would have to first hinder your friend and not accept what s/he was doing out of love, right?”
Cory Gudwin on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:28:12
“Would you hinder your friend from being black?
People are born gay. There is no lifestyle choice.
That is where the bigotry lies.
Jesus will not make anyone straight who is gay.”
“And I wonder why you think that matters. The fact that Muslims behave badly TOO does not excuse YOUR behavior. That's simple logic. An adulterer's sin does not get erased if his accuser has also done the same thing. It just makes them both guilty.”