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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Which type of pill should be developed next?


I was a Christian and somewhat anti-gay, after all it was what I was told I had to believe in. Hate the sin but not the sinner. I was never nasty to gay people, I’m not a nasty type of person, but I used to make comments, jokes and innuendos. I thought I was being funny and maybe I was in some cases as most gay people have terrific humour but looking back I know I was the idiot. I have since lost my faith, and understand that choosing to be gay is like choosing eye colour. I feel so much better in myself than I did when I believed and loosing my homophobia is part of that. I know now that if any of my children came to me a told me they were gay I would not only accept it but support them.

There are only a few words in scripture that condemn homosexuality but they have caused so much misery for thousands of years, surly the day will soon come when they will be regarded in the same light as slavery, stoning to death for blasphemy and the like.
Now I am completely shocked at the attitudes that still exist. I know that there are some complete nut jobs about with backward and shameful thinking. This type of person seems to REALLY believe that gay people have chosen to be gay and they could choose to be straight? Is homosexuality an illness or disease than needs to be cured or perhaps a round of psychotherapy is in order?

This leads me to the most disgusting things a ‘Christian’ said to me and it was all the more sinister because of their stated sympathy for gays.


It was about the possibility of the development of a ‘make me hetero pill’ so gays can be normal. I found this a most evil and disturbing thing to say. If gay people are not attracted to the opposite sex, why would they want a pill to change that any more than a heterosexual people would want a pill to make them attracted to the sex they are not attracted to?
 


 When these people have developed the ‘make me hetro pill’ which other pills do you think should be next? Make me impotent until marriage pill?, an anti-contraceptive pill?, a never ever consider the possibility of abortion pill? a believe in no gods but me pill?

9 comments:

  1. I get the impression from some atheists that they think that the world would be improved by a "expunge all religious beliefs" pill.

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  2. Well it would be one less thing for them to fight over.

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  3. Who? Atheists?

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  4. Comprehension problems again? Are you really asking if non atheists fight over their their religious beliefs? Or were you just being childishly facetious?

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  5. I think you have the comprehension problems:

    I said: "Anonymous said...
    I get the impression from some atheists that they think that the world would be improved by a "expunge all religious beliefs" pill."

    (Atheists are clearly the object of my sentence).

    to which you replied: "Lazarus said...
    Well it would be one less thing for them to fight over."


    i.e. "I get the impression from some atheists that they think that the world would be improved by a "expunge all religious beliefs" pill."
    "Well it would be one less thing for them to fight over."

    so the "them" in your reply would appear to refer to the "atheists" in my statement.


    If by "them" you meant some other group then perhaps you should have indicated this clearly.

    ;-)




    Anyhow, what you appear to be saying is that it would be morally reprehensible to produce a pill that tampered with an individual's sexual attraction to others of the same sex but morally desirable to have the enforced administration of a drug (or other method that "pill" could be a placeholder for) that would prevent individuals from holding religious beliefs since this would remove a single source of conflict between individuals.

    Is that a correct representation of your views?

    Would you similarly advocate the enforced administration of methods to remove all other behaviour and opinions that cause conflict between individuals?

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  6. "Is that a correct representation of your views?"

    Er... No.

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  7. So when I said: "Anonymous said...
    I get the impression from some atheists that they think that the world would be improved by a "expunge all religious beliefs" pill."

    and you replied: " Lazarus said...
    Well it would be one less thing for them to fight over."

    that wasn't to be taken as implicit support for such a proposal?


    You would not be in favour of an "expunge all religious beliefs" pill?

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  8. No I would not. Beliefs come about as a result of our experiences and how we come to understand the world we live.

    If it could be said that I could favour any pill that would alter the way we think it would be one that enhanced our critical faculties.

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