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ToHoldNothing said...

Phobia doesn't mean the fear you speak of towards your god. Phobia is a deep seated fear of something, many times with no logical reason: e.g. clowns, balloons, etc.

I agree to an extent, but only that homophobia probably doesn't apply to many people that disagree with homosexuality, since they can knowingly interact with gay people absent an irrational reaction based on aversion.

The term I've heard that works a bit better is heterosexism: a tendency, attitude or bias to favor opposite sex relationships in society.

Homosexophobia or homoerotophobia could work if we wanted to try to use phobia, though some have criticized the use of that suffix as unscientific, since it presumes the motivation of the behavior preemptively.

February 15, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

How about neither? Jesus wasn't born in December and gift giving wasn't included for a while in the "official" celebration. I'd go with charity as the core value of Xmas

January 8, 2014 at 12:51 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Not sure what people expect seniors to do if they have no benefits and have retired around 70, like my last employer. Becoming dependents to their family creates its own issues.

January 5, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

What's this "our" crap? I'm American and born and raised in the South, but I worship no god. To presume all Americans or Southerners believe in any god is divisive and ignorant. No one's saying you can't disagree with this decision, but taxes are part of being a citizen. Perhaps it could become excessive, but that's an economics discussion, not one concerning morality

December 2, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

The letter was written by one of the major composers of the Constitution, so it's not a stretch to say that was his thought process in terms of what the establishment clause meant.

Roe v. Wade is about privacy in relation to decisions of abortion. As morally repugnant as people think it is, it is not the place of the government to dictate to people whether they can do it, at least within medical confines, which as I recall, is still limited to 20-25 weeks: essentially medical viability of a fetus outside the womb. You want to stop abortion: make advanced artificial womb technology. Until then, sex education is the best solution: encouraging responsible and safe sex.

November 29, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Does Laffingwall think that people who oppose school sponsored prayer vandalized the school? Or is that just a passing comment to show that the school has piety (not that it needs it)?

November 28, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

The military doesn't have to respect Christians more than they give a basic respect to everyone, as they are obligated to in terms of discipline, etc. Chaplains have a place, though not everyone would use them. And Christians don't get special treatment; mischaracterizing the limitations on excessive fundamentalist behavior as "persecution" insults Christians or Jews who are persecuted in the Middle East because of Islamic and cultural/political prejudice against them

November 26, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Does one cease to be patriotic if they have various reasons (religious, philosophical, etc) to choose not to salute the flag? Or, in a more extreme case, if they burn the flag?

November 25, 2013 at 2:37 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

I hope you realize that forcing the Pledge of Allegiance on students, especially as relates to reciting it, has been declared unconstitutional.

November 23, 2013 at 1:26 a.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

As stressful as raising kids with autism can be: I have Asperger's syndrome and I think it does cause my family stress (partly because I still haven't learned to drive due to lack of motivation and finding a job is difficult even if I could drive, which I'd almost sell a couple of years of my life to just have that basic skill). I don't think calling it an epidemic is accurate, especially since it's not infectious in nature. A surge in diagnoses, sure. And treating it like cancer or such is as ridiculous as comparing bipolar disorder to the flu. It can be tough, but we have to live with it. There are effective therapies and methods, esp. in terms of Asperger's syndrome. Autism in the sense that many people understand it requires more specialization and a constant level of care.

Part of this is personal and biased, I admit, but at the same time, education about autism and the spectrum should be accurate. Don't buy into Jenny McCarthy's malarkey that somehow the immune system is compromised by vaccinations in a seemingly excessive application. Speculation about origins is for experts and Jenny McCarthy is not qualified to talk about this in any capacity beyond "Oh, my son has autism, I've done research,"

Autism is something that can make life much richer for the parent. If you don't think you can handle it, then I'd just suggest not having children. Otherwise, bite the bullet and deal with it.

November 21, 2013 at 12:55 a.m.

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