Originally Posted by Nishani
IMO, people who believe in free speech at any damaging cost, are almost as responsible
for spreading hatred in the community as the people who spew out the hateful comments. Any time a person doesn't take a stand against this, it's condoning bigotry.
Oh, so now I'M
responsible? WOW! I make the distinction between this guy calling a rally in the school gym and spewing his stuff and him posting on facebook.
That said, lets talk about human belief systems. I doubt anything short of GOD herself appearing to this guy will make him change his belief that homosexuality is wrong. This guy doesn't like gays. The only reason I could possibly care is if he begins creating policy that discriminates against gays. I work with someone who is very, VERY opposed to gay marriage. There's no way I can talk them into accepting gay civil unions (which I support). I ask what harm can come from allowing gay civil unions? Their response: it's not right. Do I think they're being stubborn? Sure, but I'd rather have people formulate their own thoughts than drugging or mind controlling people.
What if we swap the roles. What if we take an agnostic or an atheist who hates religion and we force them to believe in God and love Jesus? I think it's everyone's right to NOT believe in God, or lets go further, to even hate Jesus. Do you agree with them getting fired because they posted an anti-Jesus rant on facebook?
I have a second cousin that hates fat people. I mean absolutely HATES fat people. She won't date anyone who is even on the upper range of "normal" BMI. Does she have a right to hate fat people? Should we force her to change her mind? Should she be fired for her beliefs? Should we MAKE her like fat people? To date one? To marry one?
There are no other veg*ns where I work. Many people are on Atkins-style diets. If I post that "Meat is Murder" and that omni's are ignorant and that I hope that the butchered animals they are consuming kill them should I be fired? They think I'm totally, certifiably nuts and not a week goes by that someone isn't begging (yes BEGGING) me to eat something with milk or eggs in it. Should they make me change my opinion? Should they tie me down and force-feed me meat?
I think factory farming is wrong. The school board guy thinks homosexuality is wrong. The atheist thinks religion is wrong. I don't want to start forcing
other people to change their opinions because I can guarantee that I'd be at the top of a LOT of omni's lists to change mine.
I don't think what this school board member said was very smart and I doubt I'll be stopping over for coffee anytime soon BUT he's got a right to express his opinions and ideas on his own time. Just as other people have the right to disagree with him.