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  upallnight

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10/26/08 12:20:18 AM#161
Originally posted by Dracus
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Unless you can give me some logical argument as to why people who have had these values for generations would abandon them within the space of twenty years or so, I'm going to feel obliged to write you off as full of shit.

Seeing that you have wrote me off, it is useless to reply back because you will not bother to read. 
So be it.

/block


No offense Dracus, but your arguments don't make any sense.  It's kind of easy to write you off.

There are some that make arguments that are at least honest and not senseless in their approach.  But you seem driven by an agenda more than just making things right.

Draenor is a good example.  He disagrees with me, but I don't think he hates me or tries to make non-sense statements to put me in categories that me or any other gay person don't fit into.  We're not out to change anyones life but our own.  It's just a fact that if gay marriage were allowed it would have no effect on anyone but gay people.  About the only effect it would have would actually end up being positive for you if you sat down and actually read the studies that have been put out and looked at the effect it has had on other countries.

We're people who contribute to society just as much as straight people do.  We deserve and demand our basic rights as citizens of this country.  It's just that the time has come when we are losing our patience with this group that is intent on oppressing us.  It's the same patience that was lost by women and blacks in this country and their change came about.  Ours will too.  We're not just going to sit aside and wait any longer.  You all have had your chance, now we're ready to stand up for what we believe is ours.  

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  Fishermage

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10/26/08 12:31:18 AM#162
Originally posted by upallnight
Originally posted by Dracus
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Unless you can give me some logical argument as to why people who have had these values for generations would abandon them within the space of twenty years or so, I'm going to feel obliged to write you off as full of shit.

Seeing that you have wrote me off, it is useless to reply back because you will not bother to read. 
So be it.

/block


No offense Dracus, but your arguments don't make any sense.  It's kind of easy to write you off.

There are some that make arguments that are at least honest and not senseless in their approach.  But you seem driven by an agenda more than just making things right.

Draenor is a good example.  He disagrees with me, but I don't think he hates me or tries to make non-sense statements to put me in categories that me or any other gay person fit into.  We're not out to change anyones life but our own.  It's just a fact that if gay marriage were allowed it would have no effect on anyone but gay people.  About the only effect it would have would actually end up being positive for you if you sat down and actually read the studies that have been put out and looked at the effect it has had on other countries.

We're people who contribute to society just as much as straight people do.  We deserve and demand our basic rights as citizens of this country.  It's just that the time has come when we are losing our patience with this group that is intent on oppressing us.  It's the same patience that was lost by women and blacks in this country and their change came about.  Ours will too.  We're not just going to sit aside and wait any longer.  You all have had your chance, now we're ready to stand up for what we believe is ours.  

Actually it would affect everyone, in that legalizing gay marriage would in the end benefit everyone by giving us one less piece of BS to fight over.

Also, since loving commitment is the better way to go for lovers; enabling gay people to have more lasting, committed relationships would benefit people who believe in conservatism in the real sense of the world. It allows the non-traditional (gay) to live traditionally, if they so choose.

I see this as adding stability to society, just as allowing and accepting racially mixed marriages. the more socially acceptable such things become, the better for all.

I see it is something even Christians should support, in that encourages the best behavior possible, even if one views such thing as a sin. As I see Christ, he came to forgive sin and love sinners -- not judge sinners and stop them from sinning.

Again, that's only my opinion, and I understand good people can disagree with me on this, which is why I feel it is something worth discussing in a thoughtful, loving way.

  Draenor

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10/26/08 12:59:02 AM#163

Indeed Upallnight...I do indeed love you despite your sin...and I know that you love me despite mine...we're both Christians, afterall...Just because we believe that Jesus Christ is what saves us from our sin doesn't mean that we agree on everything else in life...and it doesn't mean that we can't talk about it in a civilized and educated manner

 

Your argument is like a two legged dog with an eating disorder...weak and unbalanced.

  Eckobah

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10/26/08 1:28:32 AM#164
Originally posted by Dekron
Originally posted by Eckobah

We must give rights to those who have them. Those who pass laws forbidding gay marriage are just letting the religious set policy for them.

As I have said previously, I am neither against, nor for gay marriage. I do not care either way. But, is there not a line to be drawn somewhere? Someone already posted that once marriage is "redefined" it will be done so again and again for every group who wants to push the bounds. Mormons will push for polygamy. Muslims will push for marrying children. Zoophiliacs will want to marry an animal.

Where does it end?

Sorry this will be a tad long, but something I have been following since the start. I am not gay, nor do I support any group nor the government. I am just posting my view.
 

I don't think it's a point of where does it end.... Is marriage part of a religion?... how about this... All religions have their view on marriage. Sure some a real close, but each is different in some way. Even if it is just a specific line that must be spoken. There are religions out there that believe in same sex marriage. There are some that do not. No matter what the government does they do wrong either way in this matter. But the issue should come down to this. Freedom of Religion. That is the very foundation this country was built on, and the very reason the settlers came to America. Check it out if you like.

If the government sets policy on how you can or can not marry, then they are setting policy for some religions. If any religious group believes in same sex marriage and the government says you can not do that, then the government is setting religious policy and not government policy. Sure there is no win-win here for anyone. The thing is, does the government follow the Bill of Rights and say marriage is up to your religion? Or do they say, you can only marry this way and endorse a particular religion. (yup, i said endorse. Because if they say no same sex marriage then they are endorsing all the religions (especially Christians) who are fighting to get same sex marriage banned. It also means they are saying that the religions that believe in it are wrong.)

Now for all those who say is this religious or not.... here ya go.. EVERYONE is part of some religion. Even Atheists is a religion. Naturalist, Pagan, Christian, Judas, Morman, Muslum, are just a few more. But everyone is part of one. Whatever you believe there is a religous classification you fit in. If you are Christian, even though you do not go to church or activly attend or participate, you will want a Christian marriage when you get married. The same for everyone else. Also, even if you go to an independent person (justice of the peace, judge, private minister), you will get a religious ceremony. The traditional one usued mostly today in America is the Christian ceremony. And believe it or not, the second most used is the Pagan ceremony. But if you research them, they are all religious. And before you go to say anything... yes I have researched them. I studied religions in colledge.

The thing is it comes down to this... It is a religious ceremony... now do we let the government set religious policy or do we follow what our country was founded for and get the religions their freedom? And remember Freedom of Religion means ALL religions.

 

  User Deleted
10/26/08 6:04:24 AM#165

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

Marriage is both a religious ceremony and a civil contract. They are changing the civil contract. Religion has nothing to do with it.

  Theutus

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10/26/08 6:53:17 AM#166

Marriage rights are there to encourage men and women to form family units, screw, increase the tax base.... homosexual "unions" can't fulfill this.

  Sharajat

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10/26/08 10:25:44 AM#167
Originally posted by Theutus

Marriage rights are there to encourage men and women to form family units, screw, increase the tax base.... homosexual "unions" can't fulfill this.

Yes they can.  Also, you forgot your /propeganda tag

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  zeyth

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10/26/08 3:08:53 PM#168
Originally posted by altairzq

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

 

Indeed.

  Eckobah

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10/26/08 3:20:21 PM#169
Originally posted by altairzq

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

Marriage is both a religious ceremony and a civil contract. They are changing the civil contract. Religion has nothing to do with it.


 

Obviously you did no research before you spoke. Atheism is a religion, so stated by themselves and the Charter when Atheism was founded. Their belief is that there is no Scientific Proof of the existance of God. However, it also states in the charter that ANY religion that shows Scientific Proof of the existance of God, that Atheist will convert and follow that religion. I urge you to look it up. Also the charter was filed with the government as a Church charter.  How do I know this? I am a multi-denominational minister. I am one of the ministers that represent the Atheist, the Pagan, the Naturalist, and many more. Yes I went to colledge and practiced many years before I even took up any ministeral duties.

Btw, I never mentioned the civil contract part. Yup you have to go to the courthouse and get a liscense. However, that is not the ceremony. It is just a one of the many ways the government uses for income. Pretty much the same as having to get a permit to have a garage sale or a revival in most places. Even if they change the civil contract they still are in the wrong. It would be the same as saying you can have a permit if you live on the east side of town, but no one else can.

All I have been describing is that the government can put no restrictions on marriage. It's not about if marriage is religous or not. It's about belief. Some religions believe in same sex marriage and some do not. So does the government hinder some religions or do they get the very freedom this country was founded on? If the government puts in a law that hinders ANY religion then they have gone against the Freedom of Religion that the founders of the country came here for. Check that out if you like also.

  Jimmy_Scythe

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10/26/08 3:23:35 PM#170
Originally posted by altairzq

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

 

I was gonna say something to this effect, but I realize the people of a religious mindset see religion in everything. It's like a professor that I had in college who believed that everything we do in life has political ramifications. We see the world through whatever filter we put over our eyes and woe to anyone that dares suggest we're wearing them.

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  zeyth

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10/26/08 5:17:17 PM#171
Originally posted by Eckobah
Originally posted by altairzq

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

Marriage is both a religious ceremony and a civil contract. They are changing the civil contract. Religion has nothing to do with it.


 

Obviously you did no research before you spoke. Atheism is a religion, so stated by themselves and the Charter when Atheism was founded. Their belief is that there is no Scientific Proof of the existance of God. However, it also states in the charter that ANY religion that shows Scientific Proof of the existance of God, that Atheist will convert and follow that religion. I urge you to look it up. Also the charter was filed with the government as a Church charter.  How do I know this? I am a multi-denominational minister. I am one of the ministers that represent the Atheist, the Pagan, the Naturalist, and many more. Yes I went to colledge and practiced many years before I even took up any ministeral duties.

Btw, I never mentioned the civil contract part. Yup you have to go to the courthouse and get a liscense. However, that is not the ceremony. It is just a one of the many ways the government uses for income. Pretty much the same as having to get a permit to have a garage sale or a revival in most places. Even if they change the civil contract they still are in the wrong. It would be the same as saying you can have a permit if you live on the east side of town, but no one else can.

All I have been describing is that the government can put no restrictions on marriage. It's not about if marriage is religous or not. It's about belief. Some religions believe in same sex marriage and some do not. So does the government hinder some religions or do they get the very freedom this country was founded on? If the government puts in a law that hinders ANY religion then they have gone against the Freedom of Religion that the founders of the country came here for. Check that out if you like also.

 

What you really say here is that atheism isn't a religion, but that atheists has said they'd convert into one with proof about what the religion preaches.

Thus atheism ain't a religion yet.

BESIDES, if a religion had proof, you wouldn't "believe" in a god or something, you'd just see the fact that a god (or more) existed.

How do I know this?

Logic. It builds up trough life.

  User Deleted
10/26/08 5:32:48 PM#172
Originally posted by kimmar

To the people who say Prop 8 is a religious issue, I say you're full of it.

I live in San Diego and went to a No on Prop 8 rally.  There were counter protestors there.  I went with my husband and 3 children.  My husband got called a faggot by someone who didn't realize that he was standing there with his wife and 3 kids!!!  I was asked why I would raise children as a lesbian by someone else just as blind.  And there were insults being slung at us as a group left and right.  I guess this loving crowd of religious folks just let the hate shine through.  I also guess they can't understand that some straight people support equal rights as well.

This is an issue of hatred, plain and simple.  If you were there with me you could not help but agree.  There were a few people that were telling the ones saying these mean things to quiet it down, but they were the minority of the counter protestors.

My husband and I took our kids home because we got scared being there.  


 

Aren't religious nutters so kind and understanding. They don't cast stones in glass houses, they don't judge others, they live by peace, harmoney, understanding, and in accordance with God's wishes.

They never bomb abortion clinics, or attack anyone that doesn't believe like they believe.

And they teach their kids the value of Killing for Christ......

 

  Slythe

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10/26/08 5:38:33 PM#173

It reminds me when McCain was talking to Ellen Degeneres, he basically told her that he was against gay marriage but he still "wished her happiness" in her marriage to another woman. Well, if he really wanted her to be happy, wouldn't he just let her marry the person she is in love with? If you're going to be against gay marriages, he could at least have the balls to tell her how he really feels.

  Gazenthia

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10/26/08 6:04:58 PM#174
Originally posted by upallnight

  It's just a fact that if gay marriage were allowed it would have no effect on anyone but gay people.  About the only effect it would have would actually end up being positive for you if you sat down and actually read the studies that have been put out and looked at the effect it has had on other countries.

We're people who contribute to society just as much as straight people do.  We deserve and demand our basic rights as citizens of this country.

 

Actually gay marriage has had a negative impact in the countries where it was legalized. Furthermore, a gay marriage does not contribute the same things as a heterosexual marriage, it isn't even possible, but tax breaks and et al are identical so long as it is a marriage. I wouldn't be opposed to a civil union for gay people, with benefits and rights, but it shouldn't be under the legal definition of marriage.

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10/26/08 7:06:43 PM#175
Originally posted by Draenor

Indeed Upallnight...I do indeed love you despite your sin...and I know that you love me despite mine...we're both Christians, afterall...Just because we believe that Jesus Christ is what saves us from our sin doesn't mean that we agree on everything else in life...and it doesn't mean that we can't talk about it in a civilized and educated manner

 


 

Exactly.  Which is why I respect you.

You're not like these other people who are driven to put us down because of their hatred.  Like whomever it was the other day that told me I should change my religion.  I just don't get those people.  But having honest love and compassion I do understand.  Because that's what a Christian is.

Nice to know we can disagree politically and even on some religious aspects, but we can still worship and serve Christ together. 

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10/26/08 7:10:57 PM#176
Originally posted by altairzq

Anyone saying atheism is a religion, doesn't know what a religion is.

Marriage is both a religious ceremony and a civil contract. They are changing the civil contract. Religion has nothing to do with it.


 

There is no civil contract that I consider equivelant to my duty to God.  I trust no government or any of its intentions, I trust God.  My church says that it is okay for me to marry who I am capable of loving and who loves me back the same.  No government should stand in the way of that or say one church takes precedence over the other.

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10/26/08 7:13:25 PM#177
Originally posted by Theutus

Marriage rights are there to encourage men and women to form family units, screw, increase the tax base.... homosexual "unions" can't fulfill this.


 

Then how come heterosexual couples who are not capable of having children are still allowed to marry?  Shouldn't our government, following your logic, ban their chances of marrying due to their inadequate degree of fertility?  Maybe if one of those people in the couple is not sterile, the government should force them to marry someone who they can procreate with.  That would make sense if marriage is only for the good of making babies.

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  upallnight

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10/26/08 7:18:34 PM#178
Originally posted by Gazenthia
Originally posted by upallnight

  It's just a fact that if gay marriage were allowed it would have no effect on anyone but gay people.  About the only effect it would have would actually end up being positive for you if you sat down and actually read the studies that have been put out and looked at the effect it has had on other countries.

We're people who contribute to society just as much as straight people do.  We deserve and demand our basic rights as citizens of this country.

 

Actually gay marriage has had a negative impact in the countries where it was legalized. Furthermore, a gay marriage does not contribute the same things as a heterosexual marriage, it isn't even possible, but tax breaks and et al are identical so long as it is a marriage. I wouldn't be opposed to a civil union for gay people, with benefits and rights, but it shouldn't be under the legal definition of marriage.

No.  Everywhere I've read it has been implemented it has insured benefits for people who once did not have them, assured that sticky legal matters were no longer a burden on the courts, gave back dignity to a group that was being oppressed by the state, kept employees with companies they were happy with, and cut down on the spread of disease since people were allowed to forge a meaningful contract of monogamy with someone else.  It's also proven that having gays marry does not bring about the wrath of God upon your nation.
 

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10/26/08 7:23:04 PM#179

Palin is an idiot and I really wonder how desperate the Republicans are to put a red neck in as 2nd runner.   Can anyone seriously imagine this woman being president and lets face it McCain is about to drop dead at his age so its pretty likely.  There is nothing worse than a man spurting this kind of crap and that is a woman spurting this type of crap.  They should know better.  So she is concerned about gay marriages? Maybe she should be more concerned about the crap pile in Iraq and Afghanistan or maybe the meltdown of the economy?  Maybe its just me but not letting a gay couple get married isn't going to solve any real issue except create more arm waving at church on Sunday's.  Shame on politicians trying to get the red neck vote and concentrating on shite like this when the country there in is already in the gutter and its only going to get worse. 

Imagine a father coming home and telling his wife and kids that he lost his job and now they need to sell their house which has negative equity and the only option is bankruptcy.  Then he chirps up at the end and says, "Don't worry babe! Its going to be all just fine.  The government just banned gay marriages!!"

Seriously what a bunch of idiots!  I am sure half of the red necks in Palin's town will scream about gay marriages then head out to the farm to screw a pig but hey that is just fine.

 

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10/26/08 7:26:20 PM#180

gay marriage = bad

teen pregnancy = good

...just checking

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