Factually incorrect. The Christian church performed gay marriages as a matter of course until the 11th century. Numerous other cultures and religions also have no such rules.Originally Posted by [b
If it's a Godly institution, it should not be part of US civil law. The US is home to many people, of any faiths, and attempting to make one faith's rules the law of the land is not only a clear violation of the 1st Ammendment, but antithetical to the very idea of freedom.Originally Posted by [b
Once again, factually inaccurate. All evidence points to innate orientation determined by a mix of environmental and genetic factors long before puberty, possibly entirely in utero.Originally Posted by [b
And the broken, worthless foster system that bounces kids from home to home with no semblance of stability or family is somehow better?Originally Posted by [b
Define "normal"? Statistically, it is not the majority, instead comprising roughly 5-6% of the populace according to the most effective research done. However, frequency of occurence does not denote moral or value judgement.Originally Posted by [b
You are aware that the US economy is now so completely globalized that a dip in the Nikei can affect the Dow within hours, right? And that a large part of any international relationship, trade or otherwise, is diplomacy, right?Originally Posted by [b
Like it or not, for better or worse, we are part of the global community. Who you piss off today might impose restrictive tarrifs on imports from us tommorrow, cutting trade and costing thousands of jobs.
Yeah, they're really suffering with their free healthcare, excellent public education, and diplomacy.Originally Posted by [b
This is a total logical falacy. Correlation does not equal causation, and, more importantly, you can't even get a correlation from two points. There are plenty of conservative, religious countries who are doing terribly (Sudan), while others are doing well. Ditto for liberal, secular countries.
And, maybe it's just me, but I like living in a country where I can not be a part of the state religion and not be executed for heresy as a result. That's what non-secular countries are.
The right to live according to your beliefs comes at the cost of allowing others to live their lives according to their beliefs.