"But the Christian church also has a very long history of persecuting... terribly... homosexuals. It is time to stop, and all efforts within society, by everyone, should focus on getting that way of thinking utterly eradicated. There is no place whatsoever for it. And there should be no support for it, none, on this website. There are homosexuals here, too, please remember."
Miguel, I agree that homosexuals should not be persecuted in any way. I don't think anyone here has come close to expressing they support that. At most, some have expressed that their beliefs are in line with the Church's ,which I take to mean that they consider homosexuality a sin. That belief, while upsetting, is not something that can be eradicated with a law. Through education, through examples of the many outstanding homosexuals in society, through people coming out in the open, through intolerance for inciting any kind of violence and harm directed at our friends, through meaningful discussion even here on BPL, we will hopefully get there sooner rather than later.
Everyone else, please don't take this as my either endorsing or promoting any kind of discrimination here, because that is not what I am doing. I want to enjoy and preserve my choice to go against the grain if I wish, as long as I am not hurting anyone, nor encouraging others to do so. The only way I can ensure and justify that freedom to think and say what I believe, even if it is not popular, is to let others do the same. And yes, I know that I have failed at that even here on BPL.
We are just a snapshot in time, so much of what we think is accepted or not accepted for good, may change in the future.
Does Christianity in general not consider poligamy a sin? Would most people here not be somewhat in line with that, because they are against it and it's illegal? But if a number of GROWNUPS, voluntarily want to engage in that....how does that affect us here? I sure would want nothing to do with that one, and it creeps me out, but who am I to tell someone else with the above criteria, that they may not, should not, are wrong etc. ?
Let's ensure children are safe and no one gets hurt, past that..it's up to the individual, including if they want to believe that homosexuality is wrong ( which I don't ).
The immediate flaw that I see in my approach, and could use some help with, is how do we keep children safe, if they are homosexual, and are being damaged by their parent's beliefs that it is a sin and all the negative stuff, or if they are downright abused because they exhibit "sinful" tendencies? I can see how having the influence of grown ups ( perhaps at BSA?) that are open and accepting of homosexuality could make all the difference in a young person's life, and the parents choosing to limit who the child has contact with....hurts the child. Someone help me get out of this corner, please.