In response to carawaydj's comment:
In response to p-mike's comment:
Well . . . I guess we all knew this was going to be the "story" about this kid and that may or may not be unfortunate depending upon your perspective. Personally, I could care less where this guy -- or you . . . or anybody -- chooses to stick their tongue (or . . . you know . . . whatever), but whenever this subject comes up we are reminded that it is not enough to simply accept alternative lifestyles (if, of course, they're the appropriate, media-approved alternative lifestyles), we must "celebrate" them.
Of course again, this flies right in the face of the "tolerance" peoples' contention that "it shouldn't matter." It shouldn't, but what they really mean is that it should matter a great deal and if you don't agree with that, then you're some kind of "phobe."
Rational, objective people could and can see a media circus coming around this guy, and quite rightly might want no part of said media circus, but if you subscribe to the "distraction" take, you will be accused of using "code language" (another one of my new favorite things) or worse. I'm not really all that amazed that most people don't see the irony in what the "tolerance" crowd preaches . . . but then again, I've probably been on the planet too long (which is "code" for "I've met people and I know what they're really like.."
Now you listen here! He's not the Messiah . . . he's a very naughty boy!
^^ this ^^
To quote Dennis Miller, I have nothing against gay people but I need a GAYcation. This is not equivalent to the civil rights movement of blacks in America. There's a whole lotta over-the-top comparisons being made these days. Comparing the plight of gays to blacks is one of them. I'm tired of hearing about gays everywhere I look. You nailed it. We can't just tolerate it, we must celebrate it. I'm beginning to think being gay is now considered a "preferred" lifestyle. That's how the left and right work nowadays. They pick a few issues they want to see movement on and then just beat you to death with it until you end up hating them. Some in society decide to take a different view on an issue and they expect everyone else to turn on a dime or else. None of us on this board will live to see the day that two men kissing is viewed as equal to a man and woman kissing, if for no other reason than a large swath of society believes it's wrong, a sin, immoral, a wrongly-wired brain, and so on. That number is decreasing, but it's still large.
Bear with me for a little story on human behavior, and how us humans work. We eat meat. A dog is an animal much like any other animal except we happen to keep them pets. In some countries they eat dogs. So what if I decided to cater to the large number of Asians in my community by opening a dog farm that breeds and slaughters dogs for consumption. I'll even have a neat little restaurant/grill onsite. To appease those who will try to claim dogs are different than other animals we eat, I'll only breed the dumbest breeds of dogs. You cannot logically tell me that what I would be doing is any more wrong than what a pig farmer does, but I'd still face prosecution, protests, and bodily harm. A large number of Americans would just find it wrong despite not having a shred of logic to back it up. Now imagine after a while it gets accepted in my local community. They realize that my dog farm and grill has not effected their lives at all. In fact, they start a political ideology and commence a campaign to beat America to death until every last living American also supports eating dogs. They promote it often and everywhere. You just can't stop hearing about why we should all turn on a dime and support eating dog meat. They are puzzled that anyone can still think eating dog meat is improper. They changed their minds, and can't understand why one or two hundred million other Americans didn't change their minds when they did.
Moral to the story....society doesn't turn on a dime. It's a very slow and gradual turn. Some knucklehead will say that if we took this approach black people would still be slaves. Two entirely different issues. Gays were not enslaved, skinned, lynched, denied a vote, told to sit in the back of the bus, told to drink from a separate water fountain, and so on.
This is what being level-headed sounds like.
one, gay lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender variant people have been and today are enslaved or murdered around the world.
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender variant people are today denied employment, fired, denied housing, beaten in the street, raped in jail, and murdered in the street for merely being a culturally institutionalized target (and bullied incessantly physically and verbally in the schools) . i wont hold it against you that you dont know that, but when you use your ignorance of this to diminish visibility of such persons or claim that they are not as oppressed as another group is, you are way off. further i do not believe it is ever appropriate to compare amount of suffering between members of oppressed groups. it's a diversion of attention that keeps everyone split, instead of everyone joining together to make sure we live in a more just, less prejudiced and oppressive society and culture. peace to you and all.