Juror B29 in the ZImmerman murder trial is certain that Mr. Zimmerman committed a murder and that he should receive punishment for that act. She however eventually voted to acquit. In her interview she says ”But you can’t get away from God” . Herein lies another failure for belief in the nonexistent. It seems likely that one reason Maddy was willing to let Mr. Zimmerman go free is that she believes he will the punished in the after life. For thousands of years people have suffered and died with this sort of an excuse. It is time to stop using the unknowable as an excuse for real pain. Any society that allow imaginary repayment for real debts is inherently and horribly unjust.
When discussing gay rights I often find myself embroiled in the choice vs ‘born that way’ arguments. I have spent years explaining the biology of genetics and the science which shows strongly that homosexuality is at least strongly influenced by biology (i. e. no or very little choice).
I am now labeling that exercise and those discussions a completely irrelevant waste of time. I no longer care and no one else should. Very simply since I am hetero I can choose to marry whom ever I want to , old/young (within reason, skinny/normal/plump, blond/brunette, brown/black/tan/white/??, bald/brunette/blond, etc. . In exactly the same vein why should my choices be limited due to the sex of the person I choose as long as they consent to the event?
I expect that the counter arguments will center on “well then what if i prefer sheep can I marry one?” and “well what if I want to marry 12 women?”. On the former sheep (as well as the underage) cannot ‘consent’ and therefore are excluded. On the latter because of the legal implications of marriage making a change to allow polygamy or polyandry would be practically complex. If this discussion is one we want to have as a society we could do so and I do not see that it would be impossible to implement in time. The ‘poly’ questions however are independent of the same sex questions, either could be done without the other.
I am happy to note that the Exodus Ministry has finally seen the light and completely reversed their previous practice of using unproven, ineffective and often harmful methods to supposedly modify the sexual orientation of homosexuals. Over the last few weeks several of it’s leaders (and founder) have issued apologies and admitted that they themselves had failed to change their orientations. Now they have announced that the ministry devoted to changing orientations will be shut down. While I am glad that they will no longer be causing additional pain and suffering to individuals who are already experiencing deep difficulties, I am saddened to think of the suffering of the thousands whom they have mistreated in the past. For those of you who still believe against all evidence that sexual attraction is a sin or harmful or dangerous or …. I highly recommend that you get on the bus because change (same sex marriage, etc) is bearing down on you and if you do not get moving in the right direction you will be run over and left behind.