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Dave Muscato here. I’m going to post a quick update about something I saw on Facebook that offended me. I rarely get offended; I just don’t find it all that productive. If I see someone promoting something that’s factually incorrect, I do my best to correct him/her, or at least point them toward research that shows his conclusions are flawed. Yesterday, we had our Ask an Atheist table set up at Speaker’s Circle, and someone asked me if she could be frank with me. I told her, truthfully, that it takes a LOT to offend me, because I’ve heard just about everything! If someone tells me I’m going to hell for what I do, I tend to shrug if off and think, “He is only saying that because he’s brainwashed. To quote from The Christian Delusion, ‘brainwashed people don’t know they’ve been brainwashed,'” and I don’t take it personally. But there are certain concepts, like female genital mutilation and the one I’m going to talk about today, that simply offend me, and I don’t make apologies for this.
A friend of mine on Facebook posted a status update/link that I just couldn’t believe. I’m going to repost it with the name removed:
Wow. Once again. We have to have their beliefs FORCED upon us. It’s not enough that they are allowed to do it, but we have to be accepting of it.SAN DIEGO (AP) — If a Marine spots two men in his battalion kissing off-duty at a shopping mall, he should react as if he were seeing a man and woman. If he turns on the television news to see a fellow Marine dressed as a civilian and marching in a parade with a banner […]
The critical value of The Blaze is that they are fair and honest. There have been several articles that are critical of Republicans, Fox News, and others when they are wrong. The alternative? I’m not saying that the homosexuals must be ostracized. I am against “reprogramming” those who have a moral conviction that it is wrong. Why must they be made to accept it? And frankly, if a person is a racist, which is wrong, I have them being trained on how to think as well. Should we institute “thought police?” If a person is racist, then it will come out in his words and actions and they will suffer the consequences for it—unemployment, discipline, shunned from his pears [sic] etc., etc. And race is different that homosexuality. There is only one race—human. Homosexuality is a choice. And African Americans resent it when homosexuals try to include themselves in the civil rights issue.
What is your argument that homosexuality is morally wrong? Why should the rest of us have respect or tolerance for your “moral conviction”? Is it based on anything concrete? What are your reasons for believing this?