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  • This is the crux of organized religion - tradition and exculsivity, over logic and equality. For thousands of years people have been discriminated against due to their race, language, culture, and sexual orientation - part of this is due simply to ignorance, and the fickleness of humanity; but a substantial part always has been, and still is, due to religious bigotry. ...I've never met a single homophobic or racist atheist.
  • I'm not sure if you're seriously looking for an answer, or if you're just looking for support. However, you may be interested in this article on "Why Judaism Rejected Homosexuality" - http://qandablog.typepad.com/questions_and_answers/2005/04/why_judaism_rej.html
  • It's fear of that which we don't understood.
  • There’s a big difference between being anti-homosexuality and being anti-homosexual. Unfortunately, some people can’t make that distinction and make a lot of others look bad, in the process.
  • 1) "In many cultures, homosexual people are frequently subject to prejudice and discrimination. Like many other minority groups that are the objects of prejudice, they are also subject to stereotyping. Gay men are seen as effeminate and fashionable, often identified with a lisp or a female-like tone and lilt. They are stereotyped as being promiscuous and unsuccessful in developing enduring romantic relationships, despite research to the contrary. Gay men are also often alleged as having pedophilic tendencies and more likely to commit child sexual abuse than the heterosexual male population, a view rejected by mainstream psychiatric groups and contradicted by research. Claims that there is scientific evidence to support an association between being gay and being a pedophile are based on misuses of those terms and misrepresentation of the actual evidence. Lesbians are seen as butch, and sometimes "man-haters" or radical feminists. Homosexuality has at times been used as a scapegoat by governments facing problems. For example, during the early 14th century, accusations of homosexual behavior were instrumental in disbanding the Knights Templar under Philip IV of France, who profited greatly from confiscating the Templars' wealth. In the 20th century, Nazi Germany's persecution of homosexual people was based on the proposition that they posed a threat to "normal" masculinity as well as a risk of contamination to the "Aryan race". In the 1950s, at the height of the Red Scare in the United States, hundreds of federal and state employees were fired because of their homosexuality in the so-called Lavender Scare. (Ironically, politicians opposed to the scare tactics of McCarthyism tried to discredit Senator Joseph McCarthy by hinting during a televised Congressional committee meeting that McCarthy's top aide, Roy Cohn, was homosexual, as he in fact was.) A recent instance of scapegoating is the burning of 6,000 books of homoerotic poetry of 8th c. Persian-Arab poet Abu Nuwas by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in January 2001, to placate Islamic fundamentalists." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality 2) "Theorists including Calvin Thomas and Judith Butler have suggested that homophobia can be rooted in an individual's fear of being identified as gay." "This interpretation alludes to the idea that a person may posit violent opposition to "the Other" as a means of establishing their own identity as part of the majority and thus gaining social validation. This concept is also recurrent in interpretations of racism and xenophobia." "Some left-wing thinkers have considered homosexuality a "bourgeois disease", a right-wing movement or a "Western disease". According to Gert Hekma, Harry Oosterhuis and James D. Steakley, Vladimir Lenin considered sexual emancipation to be typical of capitalist societies and a symptom of bourgeois degeneracy." " Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobia
  • Why do racists exist? Why do people who hate ginger hair exist? Why do people judge each other on hair colour/eye colour/size/fashion sense/music preferences/lifestyle choices? Surely people would have enough sense not to judge a person based on things that are outside their control. But this is life... get over it.

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