slappybrown wrote:This dude I know hates black people but it great with his kids and loves his family and gives to charities. He's still a racist.
The person in shads example is a homophobe IMO. "Disapproving" of ones intrinsic qualities is prejudice. Lets not tiptoe around it.
I just read this post. Did you actually read what I wrote? Homosexuality goes against his Christian beliefs. He doesn't "hate" gays, he doesn't demonstrate against gays, etc etc. You are equating him to someone like David Duke, which is absolutely ridiculous. Most Christians don't think gays are inferior/their brains are smaller/God made a mistake etc.
By your standard, the Pope is homophobic. By this same standard, nearly every bishop, deacon, cardinal, minister, priest, pastor, rabbi, in the world is homophobic.
Does anyone even know what the definition of homophobia is?
An extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people.
"Extreme". Is a Christian that thinks homosexuality is sinful, but other than that harbors no ill will towards gay colleagues, friends, etc, an "extreme" person now? I'm sure many of you will apply the "irrational" label to religion as a whole, so there's no point going there.
I'm someone that likes to think I take a libertarian approach to these issues, and I couldn't care less if gays get married, gays get benefits, gays play sports....really, who cares? That being said, I am more than a little uncomfortable with how quickly and aggressively the scarlet letter of "HOMOPHOBIA" and "BIGOTRY" are cast. I like to think that someone who holds a particular set of religious beliefs (not hatred, mind you) is a few steps below someone that goes out and beats up "f****ts" and demonstrates outside of gay bars.
Apparently, there is no middle ground, and you either fully embrace homosexuality and accept it as "right" or you are labeled a bigoted homophobe. That makes me far more uncomfortable than any perceived bigotry.