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I think we are done here...
 
  • #77
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If I were to speak out against something, I would have a reason. I would not assume it is wrong until someone proves it is ok. For instance, I could say that having sex with children is wrong because it interferes with their development, it traumatizes children, and no child is able to give adult consent, among other reasons. If I couldn't giove reasons such as these, what business would I have saying it was wrong. The answer of 'I find it distateful' or 'I wouldn't do it', or 'my religion says so', are nonsense from a legal standpoint. Especially in the religious case, because by that standard, we could have a push to criminalize eating pork.
 
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Originally posted by Hurkyl
Apparently someone did once upon a time, because the law exists.
A simple case: No one can even really remember why the law was in place in the first place, suggesting that it does not really continue to be relavent. The only case given for the continuation that can be stated now is that of scriptural reference - which as has been mentioned, is legally unconstitutional.

IMHO, an argument that is secret and refered to without detail is not a real argument for the continuation of the law. We cannot base the law on reasons unknown or forgotten, but ones that are shown to continue to be relavent. If so, it would be impossible to remove any senseless law. It is only reasonable that laws continue to be revised on whether they continue to be relavent. Faith in the older generation means nothing.

The idea that there are nameless original reasons that must be disproved for reform is not valid logic, as it does not provide a falsifiable argument. You cannot disprove the original reasons, if you do not know the concrete details of whatever should be disproven.

For a better example, let's talk women's rights to vote. For centuries, women were denied electoral representation as a matter of law. Based on your argument, in order to allow the women to vote, it has to be proven that allowing them to vote would not harm the nation. But this cannot be done, as women have never voted before. As a result, if you follow your argument, women will NEVER be allowed to vote. In reality however, it has recognised (albeit with lots of pressure from feminist groups) that the idea behind the orginal law was not a reasonable basis for law, and had no real supporting evidence. Hence the original law was removed.
 
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Traditionally, A is considered true.
Nobody has shown me why A is true.
Therefore A is false.

I missed this rule of deduction in school.


Suppose I am unaware of an argument showing law/rules/traditional wisdom correct, but I am also unaware of an argument showing laws/rules/traditional wisdom incorrect (just like our current discussion). Why, then, should we presume that traditional wisdom is incorrect?



In reality however, it has recognised (albeit with lots of pressure from feminist groups) that the idea behind the orginal law was not a reasonable basis for law, and had no real supporting evidence. Hence the original law was removed.
You mean people investigated the why the law exists, and argued that the reasons weren't valid?

Isn't that what I'm asking you and Zero to do? To investigate why such a law would exist and argue that the reasons are unfounded?
 
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Originally posted by Hurkyl


Isn't that what I'm asking you and Zero to do? To investigate why such a law would exist and argue that the reasons are unfounded? [/B][/QUOTEI've stated the only reasons I know for anti-homosexual bias...religious bigotry, and childish, juvenile ideas about sexuality. Neither of thoise is a solid basis for a law. Do you know another reason, besides that the law exists, so we should continue to accept it? It is about time you put something on the table, Hurkyl, besides complaining that I have to convince you.
 
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It is about time you put something on the table, Hurkyl, besides complaining that I have to convince you.
You were presenting your views with the expectation that others should agree with them, right? What makes you think that others should accept your views if you refuse to prove them?


It seems to me that despite the fact I've said it over and over, you don't believe that I am merely objecting to your reasoning. I get the impression that you think I am trying to get you to admit that you don't have an argument, at which point I will pounce and say "Aha! So homosexuality is bad!".

Is my impression correct?



Anyways, I assert your reasoning is of the form:

Traditionally, A is considered true.
I don't know why A should be true.
Therefore A is false.

And furthermore I assert that reasoning of this form is invalid.


Do you agree with either of these two assertions? If you disagree with the first one, will you spell out the logical form which you think you're using?
 
  • #82
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My argument is that inserting a penis into a person for pleasure and a show of love is the same whether the other person is male or female. The courts generally strike down laws against certain acts betwen heterosexuals, therefore those same acts should be legal for homosexuals.
 
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Well, it's clearly not literally the same because in one case the other person is male and in the other case the person is female.

Anyways, since I'm getting bored, and I don't think you would ever deign to do the research you should be doing to make your case, I will point out that "love" is one of the topics you should be discussing in-depth.
 
  • #84
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Originally posted by Hurkyl
Well, it's clearly not literally the same because in one case the other person is male and in the other case the person is female.

Anyways, since I'm getting bored, and I don't think you would ever deign to do the research you should be doing to make your case, I will point out that "love" is one of the topics you should be discussing in-depth.
You're a waste of time...don't bother posting here anymore.
 
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D'oh! Ad hominem attack and a threat. :frown: You should have stuck by last night's decision to be done with it; I was content to stop there too, and at least it would have ended with some class...
 
  • #86
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Originally posted by Hurkyl
D'oh! Ad hominem attack and a threat. :frown: You should have stuck by last night's decision to be done with it; I was content to stop there too, and at least it would have ended with some class...
No threat, you just haven't added a single thing to the discussion.
 
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I tend to interpret "don't bother doing X" in general as a threat... though I didn't perceive you as having your moderator hat on at the time.


I was just hoping to see some progress on the issue; it is so rare in these kinds of issues to see one side acknowledge the points of the other side and take an attempt to put them to rest... so that the issue is resolved rationally instead of by whichever side has a better PR campaign. Acknowledging there's more than one side to an issue reduces the brick wall phenomenon too.


I imagine you are (or at least were) curious as to what I really think. I do quite frequently avoid complicating issues with what I think; I think it's necessary to do so in order to seriously consider the ideas of others. I too think homosexuality should be legalized, but there should be a serious drive to help treat homosexuals and help them to quit... kind of like smoking. (and recent reading I've done on the issue due to this thread indicate that this may be a reasonable policy). But, I also see that there could be merit in keeping it illegal, much like the various illegal drugs. And, of course, I can see merit in keeping it fully legal without any pressure on people to change, and (if barred from religious reasoning) I can see merit in the belief that homosexuality really isn't something harmful but is perfectly fine to keep around.

Because I don't see any strong rationale for picking any of these alternatives over any of the others, I have been fishing to see if someone who does strongly believe in one of the alternatives can provide reasons why it's better than any of the others.


To a lesser extent, I think the "Oh, I don't see a reason for rule X, so it's okay to break/change it" to be a gravely misguided philosophy. All other things being equal, it's pretty likely that the way something is now is better than the alternative; it's stood the test of time, and that should count for something. I think I tend to argue this a little too vigorously, though.
 
  • #88
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It is your attitude of trying to guide me somewhere, instead of just stating things, that I find distateful. I am not your student, or a child to be led.
 
  • #89
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And, ummm...your idea that homosexuality is a sickness to be treated shows your bias. It nearly constitutes bigotry, even though I am sure you don't mean it that way. It is common for the majority to assume that it is the default postion, and everyone else is inferiour.That doesn't make it right.
 
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Originally posted by FZ+
The majority of people in america are white. So, it is natural for the child to be brought up with white parents, as black parents cannot provide the white element in their lives that society is made of. It is only normal and healthy that black people should be excluded from the adoption program. After all, the child doesn't have a say into whether it wants black parents, does it? Though we have no evidence as to whether being adopted by black people is wrong or not, we can say that it is against the traditional values of family that the nation was created in. I mean, shock horror, we can have children who have an attachment to deviant (from normal, healthy whites of course) black culture!

Can you really put a difference between this, and homosexuality?
There is no difference between a black and a white person, are you also saying there is no difference between a man and a woman? This is what your example would indicate. If we are attempting to expose the child to all different lifestyles, why not bring them up in a serial killers care, eh?

All I am saying is, if you raise a straight child in a gay home there is GOING TO BE SEXUAL CONFUSION. In this case, the majority should have the final pick.

So, you are saying that a child should be taken out of a single parent household, or that parent should be forced to marry? Or that two stable people of the same sex are less 'healthy' than stable people of the opposite sex?
Well, Zero, I think this is a foolish post, all of it, but this specifically. Yes, of course I think a child should be taken away from a parent that HAD the child? (notice the sarcasm?) How is there ANY relationship between a child with no home (up for adoption) and a child in a parents care?

When a gay couple can have a child, then by all means, let them keep it!


Dissident Dan, read the last sentence of what you quoted, it becomes obvious I don't agree with the argument I posed. This of course doesn't mean it is an argument without merit. Do you really need statistics to tell you two men can't provide the same thing a man and a woman can? Ha ha.

I'm sorry, but I find this to be one of the weakest arguments that I've heard in a while. You must not give gay people much credit. I mean, damn! And all this time, we thought that gay people were also civilized member of a modern society...
Jesus Christ, nobody noticed that was meant as a joke, ignorance! Bloody ignorance! Do you think I am that stupid to think that they would kill eachother?
I mean, damn!
 
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Originally posted by Zero
And, ummm...your idea that homosexuality is a sickness to be treated shows your bias. It nearly constitutes bigotry, even though I am sure you don't mean it that way. It is common for the majority to assume that it is the default postion, and everyone else is inferiour.That doesn't make it right.
We all must be biased on the subject then to have opinions? If we all had no opinions then this topic would be quiet boring, no?
 
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  • #92
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I should have said 'unreasoned bias', which is different. I am biased towards personal freedom, where it harms no one. None of you have shown the harm in homosexuality, therefore I remain committed to freedom.
 
  • #93
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Originally posted by kyle_soule


All I am saying is, if you raise a straight child in a gay home there is GOING TO BE SEXUAL CONFUSION. In this case, the majority should have the final pick.

By what logic? Because the child will learn that women can be more than servants, and that men don't have to all be sexist?
 
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Originally posted by Zero
By what logic? Because the child will learn that women can be more than servants, and that men don't have to all be sexist?
Uhh, two gay men raising a child will show women can be more than servants how? and are you saying that gay men by default aren't sexist?
"By what logic?"!
 
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Originally posted by Zero
By what logic? Because the child will learn that women can be more than servants, and that men don't have to all be sexist?
I never had the illusion that woman were servants. And my father isn't sexist, they can easily learn this is a mother/father home. Perhaps you should ask yourself
By what logic?
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Let's look at what they would learn in a gay home.

Men are supposed to like men (this can be logically assumed because this is what they will see from childhood)

Sodomy is ok - I call it sodomy because the norm is not gay, they could relate the only possible sex for two men as also normal for a man and woman.

That's all I care to discuss for now. I must ask you Zero, why are you still discussing things in this topic when your position is clear, others sexuality is none of my business. With this attitude you should not be in any of the topics concerning sex and sexuality. I don't want you to leave, your arguments are as welcome as mine, I simply question if you firmly believe in your position.
 
  • #96
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Just trying to fight ignorance where I see it. Your argument is circular...you assume that homosexuality is bad, then list examples of homosexuality as being bad because they are homosexual, without ever showing how it is bad.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
Just trying to fight ignorance where I see it. Your argument is circular...you assume that homosexuality is bad, then list examples of homosexuality as being bad because they are homosexual, without ever showing how it is bad.
Bad in what sense? It has the potential to destroy things such as family values, evolution, and sexual clearity. But, I for one, don't think it is bad in the sense I think you are describing. Many have shown how it is bad, if you believe it is bad, one would assume you would formulate examples of how it is bad, you simply do not see our arguments as valid. I wouldn't call my argument circular, intended to be persuasive, perhaps; examplamentary (that isn't a word but I'm certain you know what it would mean if it was).

We are also trying to fight ignorance:wink:
 
  • #98
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Originally posted by kyle_soule


Let's look at what they would learn in a gay home.

Men are supposed to like men (this can be logically assumed because this is what they will see from childhood)

Sodomy is ok - I call it sodomy because the norm is not gay, they could relate the only possible sex for two men as also normal for a man and woman.

That makes little sense. Being tolerant of other people's lifestyle isn't a wrong thing...and why would a child know about the sexual habits of their parents? Did you know your parents were having sex when you were a child?
 
  • #99
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Originally posted by kyle_soule
Bad in what sense? It has the potential to destroy things such as family values, evolution, and sexual clearity. But, I for one, don't think it is bad in the sense I think you are describing. Many have shown how it is bad, if you believe it is bad, one would assume you would formulate examples of how it is bad, you simply do not see our arguments as valid. I wouldn't call my argument circular, intended to be persuasive, perhaps; examplamentary (that isn't a word but I'm certain you know what it would mean if it was).

We are also trying to fight ignorance:wink:
No one has shown anything like how homosexuality is bad. I'm still waiting, and waiting, and WAITING for someone to show anything. It isn't that I reject arguments, I just haven't seen one!

How is it bad for 'family values' for people who love each other to get married? Hetero marriage isn't doing so well, lets' see if gay people can do better. Evolution? What does that have to do with anything, any more than people choosing not to have children?
 
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Originally posted by Zero
No one has shown anything like how homosexuality is bad. I'm still waiting, and waiting, and WAITING for someone to show anything. It isn't that I reject arguments, I just haven't seen one!

How is it bad for 'family values' for people who love each other to get married? Hetero marriage isn't doing so well, lets' see if gay people can do better. Evolution? What does that have to do with anything, any more than people choosing not to have children?
Of course if human's all stopped having sex hahah, and you speak of OUR weak arguments? Gays will never be able to have kids, this is not good. Although I said potential, I didn't say it would destroy evolution definately.

I agree the current rate of marriage and divorce is also destroying family values; I don't see how gays will strengthen the family unit, seeing as how they will never have a family of their own. I'm sure you will bring up couples that cannot have babies, this is as legitimate as couples with genophobia, they are few and far between, and their numbers are without comparison to gays [when considering their ability to have children].:smile:
 

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