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Not in the slightest. But have been witnessed to more anti-gay bias and rants than I care to remember.
For every one of you and your angry crowd that looked at Sams sincere appreciation of being drafted (despite the odds) and expressed it the most natural way he could, there are MILLIONs who applauded. But you are too disgusted to notice. That's rather sad.
With angry, scientifically unfounded and socially unproven beliefs like that you come across as even more stupid that the vast majority of homophobes the jerk-off to this website when the subject of anything gay rights oriented gives them an emotional hard-on. The only mental derangement I see is in your heart and soul. Thank God you are truly in the minority and will never convince anyone in the mainstream medical profession to support you POV or cause.
While I certainly disagree with the sanctimonious and pious condemnation of the Cal Thomas and his like towards all things gay, which is so angrily and poorly expressed by the vast majority of commentators to the editorial below, the author is 100% correct in how the media hypocritical disparages free-talking, albeit tactless Philistines like NFL players (and those of you below) who are repulsed by a gay man kissing another, while Tim Tebow (a very good Christian, but poor pro football player) is ridiculed needlessly and unjustly. (Of course, anyone of those tactless a-holes making fun of Tebow are also exercising their freedom of speech, too.) Regardless, whatever you or I or this author thinks will not change the way society is headed in general -- though never universally, unfortunately -- that being the general acceptance of homo-sexuality as being surely genetic warranting the civil right to marry, adopt, etc. will not be impinged. That train is coming around the bend and there is nothing you can do about it. Pray if you will. Condemn and lament all the more if it helps your psyche and soothes whatever frustration you have allowed to calcify in your hearts. it won't matter. All you will do is die with a lot more hate in your Christian soul than there should be.
The debate over gay marriage as a legal right is essentially over. My side (I am not gay) has enough momentum to get this to be the law of the land legally everywhere in due time. And that is not just because of our success recently in judicial law at the federal levels, but because the demographics greatly, irreversibly favor gay marriage's popular acceptance. Those of you who don't agree with me or revolt against that argument, like this TH author, are simply a dying breed, literally and figuratively. That, too, is inevitable and the way it should be on this very issue. Despite how you claim otherwise, in respect to God's laws, natural laws or whatever, it was the same situation with inter-racial marriage long ago. Many rejected the idea of black person marrying a white person, but they either soon got "religion" here or died off in disgust. Either way that was fortunate for society. So society moved forward back then greatly due to the Supreme Court not wanting to wait till the so-called popular vote caught up with a basic civil right of who could marry who in the 1960's. Could you imagine if the Supreme's hadn't interceded and Alabama still didn't allow a person of color to marry someone of another race? That is essentially what we have in this country now and it will end the right way with there being universal legal acceptance of gay marriage in every state, just like in so many other countries. Take a valium if you are having trouble with that vision. Moreover, and despite what the anti-gay marriage crowd will rant all day long about still, there is no materially measurable harm done to any aspect of society by gay marriage, gay adoption or any depiction of gay marriage in any segment of our society. Your angst and revulsion is not a societal harm. Feeling like the "gay lobby" is ramrodding their agenda on you is not a measurable societal harm to anyone but maybe a couple of million homophobes or religiously anti-gay marriage stalwarts out there. But it is not damaging economically or physically the way so many other forces are in this country. That emotional/mental suffering the anti-gayis experience is self-induced and not a direct harm to society, only to yourselves by choice. Of course, it's always by choice that people fail to learn that the tide of history is generally always right in a free and just society. Thinking otherwise is what is heretic.
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Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 8:07 PM
First, She probably did, but moreover, neither you nor I would have a clue as to what God really intended. But your POV on the face of it smacks as idiotic and the kind of thing that the sanctimonious holier-than-thou crowd, who has great trouble understanding accepting the world as it is, rather than how they would like to to be, is so font of saying......pointless and needlessly. No wonder you seem so sexually repressed.
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Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 7:37 PM
Not sure where the humor is in that question. But at least kids of today aren't shackled by the hang-ups that you appear to suffer from. The good thing about casual sex during formative years is that you quickly can learn what it isn't, along with technique and the benefits and respect that comes with being unselfish in the sack. Sadly, I think a great many virgins in your generation learned all that the hard way in their marriages after years of counseling.
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Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 4:58 PM
It's really too bad that comments on this website aren't statistically representative of the parents across the country, and not just skewed demonstratively towards the extremely socially conservative and those well passed retirement age. If they were representative of the country as whole, and in the baby boom generation in particular who are typically those with college aged offspring today, they would inevitably -- as the scientific research shows -- be conflicted with how to support their children's emerging sexual identities as they advance out f their teens into young early adulthood. This conflict would resonate from all the memories they had of having become sexually active, often without the foundation of a loving relationship attached to their actions. It was just called something different then, but it was sexual freedom and exploration, nonetheless. And look how well all of them (or you, if are being honest) turned out, even if they (you) now regret some of the circumstances around whom you slept with decades ago, It's the same all over, only now the choices and consequences of a sexual life before marriage come with greater rewards and commensurately greater risks. But so does everything else about being young today, like freedom from ingrained sexism, racism (for the most part), homophobia and a far more expansive knowledge of what truly doesn't work in society based on more timely evidence. But heck, attending college today is fraught with far more benefits reward and risks than every before, whether at an elite school or a community college. There is more cost and debt than ever before and less hope for a life-sustaining career except for the truly talented, the most well-connected and the luckiest. So, to salve all that collegiately unprecedented angst that our kids in school today are experiencing, within the framework of a possibly perpetually "bad economy" for college grads, and amidst all the evidence of completely dysfunctional state and federal governments, who could blame them for having noncommittal (and hopefully safe) sex whenever it's feasible between study times! For all you who under age 70 who actually saved your virginity for marriage, I hope you had a successful lifelong relationship in which your wife was as sexually satisfied as you. Though, the research clearly shows that that was very likely not the case. And I would bet the price of one term's tuition at Penn that it doesn't include Bill Murchinso either.
No pity, as I said. However, I do hate the fact that most diehard social conservatives prove time and time again to be simply unable able to see beyond their noses and truly act like the believe their religious beliefs should be forced on relevant to the rest of us who don't share such thoughts. But I will get over it since it isn't going to matter what they think or say in the long run in regards to gay rights in this great country of ours. You can't be an unhappy or hateful person in my shoes with those prospects.
From my standpoint, it is really rare even on this extremely partisan website to see such a consistent, self-perpetuating collection of absolute hatred of all things gay and gay rights related, even to the moronic claim of detesting the word "gay" and the chose "rainbow" moniker. Talk about a stew of sad sack, bad apples, hypocrites and sanctimonious religious zealots hell bent on damning anything the can't understand or relate to. Your specific thoughts, grossly inarticulate and sophomoric writing and argumentative skills and scathing animosity is truly frightful, but for the salving knowledge that your kind is either moral, nor the majority. Maybe this anonymous website is the rock you will all crawl under as the evolved world passes you by and the questions raised in the editorial herein are relegated the irrelevant dustpan of social American history. I pity you people. Really, I do. But the researcher in me after a hard day's work takes solace in knowing that the embers of entrenched, obdurate beliefs that are not in tune with the times are doomed to much more shackling unhappiness than those who accept what they can't change, and have courage to know the difference. You will soon be forgotten. And that gay teenager will take your place. Thankfully.
Talk about homophobic sour grapes. All the gay couples I know are just as happy as any straight couples. But even if gays don't marry at the same rates as you and I, it won't matte since they will be able to legally do so just as well, or not, as everyone else. Then, like interracial marriage, it won't be more than a passing footnote in history. Except for possibly people like yourself who will never be able to get over their disgust and anger. Bummer for you.
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