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By Ives, December 5, 2010 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
They are afraid to acknowledge that homosexuality exists, specifically that people are born homosexual because it threatens the credibility of the bible. If homosexuality supports any theory or belief it is evolution (population control- homosexual couples can not naturally reproduce). It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Evan. Anything that does not fit into the mold, that is not defined in the story of creation, these people conclude that it must be a result of a persons free will and of evil. Religion requires blind faith. But this faith is always just hanging by a thread. If they are to entertain the notion of someone being born homosexual and living that way, they might come to the realization and have to accept that there are aspects of life that are not answered or are explained differently in the bible than how they actually are. They KNOW that questioning anything about their religion means having to question everything, whether they consciously mean to or not, their minds will inevitably wander. People believe so strongly because they want so strongly to believe. This is really what’s at the core of the homosexuality and gay marriage debates.
By Davy, August 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
People who wonder what causes homophobia should read the article I’ve linked to (copyright National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine) out of University of Georgia, published online by U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It describes experiments that prove that homophobes are in fact (closeted) homo- or bisexual men.
By Boosh, August 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
I always new Bert and Ernie were gay, hello they sleep together
By hylien007, July 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
People are afraid of anything they don’t understand, and that fear is re-inforced in the Christian right by their religion’s stance on the matter, as well as the right-wing media’s stance on the matter.
The truth of the matter is that most people don’t think for themselves. Not just right-wing people, mind you. Most people in general grow up to believe something generally in line with influential people in their lives. Sometimes it’s their parents; other times it’s their teachers or their friends, but most people take their beliefs from someone else rather than forming their own, and then they continue to believe whatever that group tells them they should. The members of the religious right become members because someone they care about, who cares about them, influences their beliefs, probably at an early age, and then as they grow, their beliefs continue to be shaped by what their community tells them, such as believing gay marriage is a sinful act that threatens the sanctity of their own marriage. They accept this, even when that teaching goes against what all of us are taught about basic human rights, because to question it would be to think for themselves, and to question everything they believe themselves to be. This is simply too daunting for most people to even consider.
P.S. hippie4ever wins the internet for using percolate in a sentence.
By Romeo+Romeo, July 13, 2010 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
I love this cartoon! Same sex marrage should be legal everywhere.
By hippie4ever, May 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment
NYCartist, wrote: “I wonder why some people are so against same sex marriage, to the point of really upset?”
and PDXthinker added: ” I want to say they are just homophobic but there has to be more than just that. What it is I don’t know.”
Perhaps they are upset because they view gay men as mocking the patriarchy; the idea of a man doing another man threatens their sense of The Natural Order. They’ll often cite its being against nature, but that’s rubbish because it occurs in all species of mammalia. I’ve read some interesting stuff about that, and recommend it for googling if you’re interested.
The patriarch must subjegate a female, and makes most decisions for the family, which “should” include children because it’s all about over-populating the planet. How dare two guys hook up and avoid years of sleep-interrupted nights, dirty diapers, family entertainment and a nagging wife? Years of quiet desperation, self-sacrifice.
Another thought about why - many straight men are not terribly thoughtful or civilised (sorry). Probably they’ve had same-sex attraction and perhaps a brief sexual incident with a close male friend in early adolescence, and they are ashamed of it because Christianity preaches hatred, mostly. Suddenly two men appear who are obviously a couple, and all those old emotions, never resolved, percolate to the surface.
Many in society also live in fear that someone else is having a better time than they are. It drives lots of guys crazy, seeing a single man driving a sports car when they’re stuck with two screaming brats inside the SUV.
Very interesting topic.
By M. Currey, April 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
The far right worry about gay marriage but they do not worry about this counry going under.
Soon this country will be like Mexico, India and Phillipines that have done away with the middle class. Middle class no money no job equals no power.
By PDXthinker, April 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment
(Ah, now I get it.) I want to say they are just homophobic but there has to be more than just that. What it is I don’t know.
By NYCartist, April 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
I wonder why some people are so against same sex marriage, to the point of really upset?
By PDXthinker, April 27, 2009 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
NYCartist: Because they believe all should have equal rights.
By NYCartist, April 27, 2009 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
Why do some people get so upset about same sex marriage?
By PDXthinker, April 27, 2009 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
Funny stuff. People aren’t worried about what gay marriage will do to the community, they honestly believe marriage is between a man and a woman recognized by god. But this isn’t the whole story, we do not live in a theocracy in America and therefore we cannot make laws and distinctions based on religious beliefs. Marriage is bewteen any two people who love each other, simple as that. If two people want it recognized by god then they are free to do so.
By Harlan, April 27, 2009 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
Um, wow…that is an enlightened cartoon! Even for the esteemed ‘Mr. Fish’. Maybe ‘Mr. Fish’ should remove the stick from his own rectum.
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