Whenever I am called the N-Word, I smile with content, know that someone had to lower himself in an attempt to affect me.
Tupac, you don't have beat around the bush by saying "the N-word." You can spell it out for all to see here:
Ok, joking aside, I hear where you're coming from, brother. I am one of those bullheaded people that insist that the best way for all of us to live is according to what we learned in kindergarten: don't hit other people, apologize if you hurt someone, share with others and respect others.
Nowhere does it say that we should judge others, or somehow take it upon ourselves to decide that they are "sinning" or that their nature is "sinful." That is just a crock of horse hooey. Don't engage in spreading negative generalizations about anybody.
Having said that, i want to address the title of this thread: "Homophobia, and what it costs society." I think americorps has been careful to avoid bashing or criticizing any people or persons. He is talking about the prejudice itself and how the behaviors that prejudice manifests do damage to our society, and he is right.
It is funny how some religions, such as Islam, take it upon themselves to berate any sexual orientation or conduct - without any empirical evidence to indicate it is somehow not fully okay - which their leaders do not specifically and particularly approve of. It still amazes me how people can get some ideas into their heads.
I do not care for religion in any sense of the word, but I don't practice disestablishmentarianism. I am an atheist, but I do not accuse christians of being crazy or evil because they believe in a deity. I desire and demand that same consideration - nothing more, nothing less.
I will never be satisfied until people stop claiming that homosexual orientations is less desirable than heterosexual orientation in even the most minuscule of ways. I want full equality - nothing more, nothing less, and I think we must insist upon it.
Now, I've lived in Latin America for 22 or 23 years, and I know that the process of change in social mores, especially in areas so dominated by catholicism, is slow and tumultuous. The best thing we can do here among our Latin American brothers and sisters is set a good example and nudge them along towards the truth. However, our fellow expats, who have lived in more open and less traditionalistic societies , ought to know better.
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