Jan 31st 2009 3:02AM Actually, hydrochloric acid is in your stomach. It's part of what breaks down food so you can absorb the nutrients. At least, that's what I remember from high school chemistry.
Jan 30th 2009 2:12AM "Love the person and reject the behavior" -- Karen, check out the book. Some of the writers address this fallacy.
"...do some research on the health, stability, etc. of those who identify as gay. It is not a healthy or good choice on so many levels." -- And I say read this book -- you'll find out why many gays and lesbians are depressed, try to commit suicide, or fall into destructive behaviours. It's not about being gay, it's about a society where someone can write "violence, alcoholism, etc. (Yes, I am equating the chose to have homosexual relations with other negative choices.)" and "I believe the best choice for both gay individuals and for our society as a whole is abstinence." and not be taken to task for it. How would you feel about being told over and over again that you're an abomination?
Jan 29th 2009 7:46PM Regarding your first point -- I agree completely that it is wrong to build a life based on a lie. Unfortunately, so many kids are told from day 1 that homosexuality is a choice and that it is somehow wrong. They grow up to believe that and that they aren't really gay.
What we have to do is make sure that no kid feels he or she has to be something they really aren't -- we have to accept them for who they are, not convince them to hate themselves so much that they go through life living a lie. Because that's no way to live for anyone.
As for keeping sexuality out of the classroom, I agree. Let's keep all references to homosexuality, heterosexuality, and anything else out. No references to Fred and Wilma or Fred and Barney. Because I don't want my kids exposed to boy-girl couplings in school.
Jan 29th 2009 7:25PM You're right that the rest of the country is not like the City and that's why we need this book. The rest of the country *should* be more like San Francisco -- so that we don't have kids being beaten and killed, tossed out on the streets by their parents like spoiled milk, or committing suicide.
Ask your friend if he felt comfortable telling people he grew up with that he was gay. Ask him how it went when he came out to his parents. Ask him if he thinks he should have to "come out" -- did you sit down with your parents and confess your heterosexuality? I know I didn't. Why should anyone have to "admit" to being who they are?
I don't know what ideas you are referring to, but the ones I'd like to export include concepts like tolerance, acceptance, perhaps even love.
Jan 21st 2009 11:31PM Maybe my copy of the constitution is the Reader's Digest condensed version, but it doesn't mention god anywhere. Care to enlighten me?
But, yes, perhaps we do need to bring Odin and Thor back into our schools. The fear of that big hammer always kept me in line, don't you know.
Jan 19th 2009 6:51PM PRS - You would prefer unplanned parenthood?
Jan 19th 2009 6:47PM Wow, way to jerk those knees! I've mentioned Bristol exactly three times in the last 2+ years prior to this post -- and two of those were about Bristol, England. The one time I did mention Bristol Palin was in reference to budget cuts her mother made as governor and I merely said, in passing, that it's a good thing she has the support of her family. So wow, I guess I really am bashing Bristol repeatedly. Bristol, England, anyway.
As for abstinence-only education, well, it simply doesn't work. While it may "encourage" kids to wait, the studies show that it doesn't actually have any effect.
You are right about one thing, though. I feel no shame about what I've written -- I stand behind it.
Jan 12th 2009 1:20AM Hmmm... I didn't realize that saying newborns look like lizards was being PC. Perhaps you can educamate me as to what would have been less so?
As to fetus... Inside, it's a fetus. Outside it's a baby. It becomes my baby after the paternity test. And I'll bond with it as soon as it's old enough to buy me a drink at the local pub.
Nov 27th 2008 1:34AM "How can they post these ads on public/government funded transportation in our nation's capital?"
Um, in order to help offset the cost of that transportation, the government does a number of things, including charging riders and selling advertising on the buses. Religious groups purchase ads on buses all the time, as do many businesses and other organizations. It's pretty simple, really, if you think about it.
Nov 27th 2008 1:12AM Um, so what does that say about all the hordes of Christians who try to convert and force their beliefs on others? I guess they don't really believe, eh?