26 June 2005

Me neither

Very articulate, Mr. Good.

5 comments:

Tricky said...

I always feel sad when i read posts like this. Not b/c i think mr. good is wrong - quite the contrary, but it seems to me that two types of dregs come out: The snooty religious, and the snooty atheist. I mean, shaddap already. I really don't need to read that A) I'm a retard for my beliefs, or
B)People without beliefs are morally bankrupt.

That being said, been reading a lot about sex and sexuality, and i found something interesting. It is accepted in sexology that sex, and sexual behaviours are, in fact, learned behaviours. We only have two instinctive behaviours - to grasp,and to suckle, and those instincts fade out before our second year of life. I wonder what'd happen if this factoid became common knowledge? Would *more* frightened parents run their kids off to be ungayified? I think sooo...

minako said...

I didn't think he was talking about the A-B argument. I thought he was pointing out a simple fact -- that bigotry isn't specific to one kind of discrimination, and that even religious "justification" still doesn't erase that.

Sexology aside, what about recent biological studies on pheromones? How we engage in sexual behaviour may be learned, but our sexuality/sexual preferences may still be couched in our chromosomes. As/even more scary -- parents who will genetically manipulate their children to make sure they don't grow up gay. Will these be the same parents who think that homosexuality is unnatural/amoral?

minako said...

Also, MG often posts about intolerat atheists. He believes that everyone has something valid to say, but that people (i.e., one side) shouldn't be able to shut down a debate because the Bible "says it's wrong"; that the debate doesn't exist if both sides aren't available to assessing and evaluating the opposite point of view, and allowing for its merits -- if only as it applies to the other person.

I realize that there are probably all kinds of problems with that argument. I'm not going to ennumerate them. Just talking about a similar viewpoint, and how MG would like people to try to interact.

Tricky said...

i meant the comments, not his article..

minako said...

Right. My bad.

I tend to gloss over the comments because people are so pissy in them, though the occasional gem (on either side of an issue) shines through.