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Discussion of religion in the context of LGBT rights is only allowed in this thread.

Discussion of religion in any other context is off topic in all of the "LGBT rights..." threads.

Attempting to bait others into bringing up religion is also not allowed.

edited 4th Oct '13 8:26:43 AM by Madrugada

Nov 12th 2013 at 11:59:21 AM

And what if, say, it is a relationship where neither party wants kids, hm?

Morgikit Mikon :3 from War Drobe, Spare Oom Relationship Status: What's love got to do with it?
Mikon :3
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:04:16 PM

People are people, Soban. Despite what your church taught you, having a different sexuality or gender identity than you doesn't mean we're from outer space. And saying the worst hetero couples are better than the best gay couples is pretty damn extremist. Of course, you didn't actually say that, to your credit. But it wouldn't be the first time I heard it.

[down][down]Kind of acknowledged that.

edited 12th Nov '13 12:15:54 PM by Morgikit

ohsointocats from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:08:04 PM

If we actually care about kids having the best possible parents, perhaps all parents who want any sort of child by any method should have to take an aptitude test before they are allowed a child.

Achaemenid HGW XX/7 from Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1 Relationship Status: Giving love a bad name
HGW XX/7
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:13:30 PM

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He actually said the best gay couples are better than the worst hetero ones.

I have no doubt that the best of a Male/Male family structure can beat out the worse of a Male/Female family structure.

What I'm more interested in is the meat and drink of Soban's argument that Male/Female is better on average than gay families. Prima facie, that's a statement about reality that can be scrutinized, rather than an unfalsifiable spiritual claim.

edited 12th Nov '13 12:17:41 PM by Achaemenid

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Fighteer Lost in Space from The Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Lost in Space
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:15:03 PM

[up][up]Leaving the parents who have kids "by accident" where, exactly? I think we've settled on morals as a society that say we shall not under any circumstances restrict the right of reproduction, even if we reserve the right to take kids away from parents that neglect or abuse them. This may not be ideal from a social engineering standpoint, but it's where we are.

The idea that homosexual parents are somehow worse at raising children than heterosexual ones has no scientific backing whatsoever.

edited 12th Nov '13 12:24:50 PM by Fighteer

"It's Occam's Shuriken! If the answer is elusive, never rule out ninjas!"
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:25:45 PM

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which is kind of like saying that the best fat kid is better than the paraplegic with terminal aids.

Nov 12th 2013 at 12:27:40 PM

I honestly do not believe that a Female/Female (or Male/Male family structure) can on average raise a kid as well as a Male/Female family structure.

Evidence [1] suggests otherwise. And why would there even be a difference?

Zendervai Visiting from the Hoag Galaxy from St. Catharines Relationship Status: Wishing you were here
Visiting from the Hoag Galaxy
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:32:23 PM

It increasingly seems that the healthiest family structure is one where there are two parental figures, regardless of gender. One parent families are more likely to have behavioral problems for the kids down the line, but two parent families, regardless of the gender mix of the parents, seem to be more stable.

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scratching at .8, just hopin'
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:43:42 PM

If "having false-to-fact statements called out as false-to-act" makes OTC Unwelcoming, then, -> There's the door.
The correction on Catholic doctrine was illuminating, helpful, and not at all what I was complaining about. I merely do not wish to see religion afforded special protection from criticism.

Share it so that people can get into this conversation, 'cause we're not the only ones who think like this.
Morgikit Mikon :3 from War Drobe, Spare Oom Relationship Status: What's love got to do with it?
Mikon :3
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:46:13 PM

[up]i've suspected the same, but it seemed like it was verboten to point it out.

[down]No comment.

edited 12th Nov '13 12:52:58 PM by Morgikit

Nov 12th 2013 at 12:50:19 PM

Somewhat random: I'm suddenly missing Maxima something fierce. -_- Dunno about anybody else.

*cough* Sorry about that. sad

Nov 12th 2013 at 12:56:00 PM

[up] Aye, he's better at this then me.

When it comes to most of the current research on Same Sex couples, the majority of them are convenience samples that have a high probability of finding a false negative. They also often lack a comparison group. One of the best ones that has been done is the New Family Structures Study It compares a large, national, random sample of such children with their peers from intact families on 40 outcomes and finds significant disadvantages across many of the outcome areas for children whose parents had a same-sex relationship. However, overall, we need to do better and more generous examination of this issue.

edited 12th Nov '13 12:56:37 PM by Soban

Morgikit Mikon :3 from War Drobe, Spare Oom Relationship Status: What's love got to do with it?
Mikon :3
Nov 12th 2013 at 12:59:08 PM

How much of that can be chalked up to prejudice and discrimination faced by gay couples?

Nov 12th 2013 at 1:03:36 PM

That's a good subject for further research. I don't think that all of it is. If I ever become a Professor, I'm going to be figuring out how to tie it to marketing and publish a few studies.

ohsointocats from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nov 12th 2013 at 1:08:55 PM

There is a lot of criticism of that study.

SilasW A procrastination in of itself from a handcart heading to Hell Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
A procrastination in of itself
Nov 12th 2013 at 2:09:51 PM

[up]X5 Me to, he made Soban look sane. tongue

Plus, we never got to read the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Trope.

[up]X6, To add to this, I was in fact pleased that my factual error was corrected, I don't like making factual errors, it just would have just been nice if the correction didn't have to also imply that I was deliberately making stuff up to attack Catholicism, especially when I wasn't even attacking Catholicism (I was attacking Soban tongue).

[up]X4, Care to sum up what the 40 studied outcomes were? That way we can make estimates as to how they may be effected by people being biased against LGB Ts (as in people in society, not the people doing the study).

edited 12th Nov '13 2:12:11 PM by SilasW

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Nov 12th 2013 at 2:12:11 PM

All sin separates us from God equally. Separation from God is Binary. You are or you are not.

I'm pretty sure there are only, like, five people max who both survived their formative years and never committed a sin (For simplicity's sake, I'm defining, "sin," as, "Crime or immorality as described by the then-current edition of the Christian Bible, and the interpretation thereof.") :P

Family structure has a significant impact on society as a whole. As such, it is in society's interest to make sure that Family structure is solid. (However, you define a solid family structure.)

To play devil's advocate, to what degree does this apply? If we were to learn that households comprised of extended family (Aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins, nephews and nieces, et cetera) were more stable than Male/Female ones, would we make them mandatory when possible? Personal freedom is tricky.

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Servant of the Golden Lady of Chaos
Nov 12th 2013 at 2:14:00 PM

One of the best ones that has been done is the New Family Structures Study

You mean one of the worst.

For starters there were severe ethical lapses in letting that thing get published in the first place since the reviewers also happened to members of the research team. The second big one is that it did not control for confounding factors. If a respondent answered that a parent had at any point been in a same sex relationship they were analysed solely in that cohort, even if they could fit into other categories as well that might have a negative impact on outcomes.

I could go on, but here's a letter from a group of 200 scholars giving their objections to the study in more detail. (The letter itself is in the block quotes. Scroll down if you don't want to read the commentary.

Welcome to the Sea of Chaos
Nov 12th 2013 at 2:27:07 PM

"The correction on Catholic doctrine was illuminating, helpful, and not at all what I was complaining about. I merely do not wish to see religion afforded special protection from criticism."

This. And I do have a chuckle when a rational response to a bigoted statement is "passive-agressive", while agressively demanding submission somehow is not.

I suppose it is only a misconduit if it offends my attempts at stripping other human beings of basic rights.

"Almost everything that hurts other people breaks one of the two rules that everything can be boiled down to. Love others as you love yourself."

I believe we've already adressed how this is not a viable conduit. For one thing, you're engaging in a double standard, demaning to some people submission and opression while others get scott free.

edited 12th Nov '13 2:28:01 PM by peryton

Jhimmibhob from Where the tea is sweet, and the cornbread ain't Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Nov 12th 2013 at 2:31:27 PM

I merely do not wish to see religion afforded special protection from criticism.

Me either. However, this thread seems to be about taking religion as a given, for better or worse, and then looking at gay-related issues in that context.

Example time: Take the "Swords vs. Guns" thread in OTC. Let's suppose that I pacifistically believed weaponry to be an evil in/of itself, and that ideally no one would keep or manufacture them. That is 100% my right, and though I don't think everyone in OTC would agree with me, it wouldn't make me a pariah here. I'd have just as much right to speak as anyone else.

However, if I hung out in the "Swords & Guns" thread, posting about the evils of weaponry, it'd be fair to point out that my preconceptions make it kind of tough to say anything really germane to the thread's purpose. That certainly wouldn't make it right to say "weapons get special protection from criticism in OTC," or that my fellow posters were being censorious; it's just that picking that particular conversation to criticize them probably wouldn't yield anything relevant to the thread.

"She was the kind of dame they write similes about." —Pterodactyl Jones
Nov 12th 2013 at 3:22:44 PM

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technically, its usually more about taking Christianity as a given because most other religions dont come up.

Nov 12th 2013 at 3:30:45 PM

Rem, 1 about 2,000 years ago. grin I'll be honest, my answer to a lot of your devil advocating is, I don't know. If I had my way, Homosexuals, poly, and the guy who decided he wanted to marry a duck have you would be able to call them selves whatever they want and have the same rights as married. (Or lack there of considering what I want is Government out of the Marriage business.) Ironically, I think this would lead to the possibility of more adoption by homosexual couples. On the other hand, I think it's the fairest way to deal with the situation. Our current system is supposedly designed to encourage stable heterosexual relationships for raising kids by giving them more bennies. If we were to keep that same mindset, then we would shift our handing out of bennies to encourage the whole family raising method.

There was a lot more to this post, but I decided to cut it down.

Knightof Lsama, I disagree with their assessment of the merits of the study.

Nov 12th 2013 at 4:09:09 PM

@Jhimmibhob:

However, this thread seems to be about taking religion as a given, for better or worse, and then looking at gay-related issues in that context.
Taking religion as a given doesn't mean it's absolved from criticism. The thread is for every discussion within the intersection of LGBT rights and religion. It's not even allowed to talk about religion and LGBT rights anywhere else on OTC. If it is not allowed to criticise it here, than it is not allowed to criticise it at all.

What else should the thread be about? Simply stating and approving every rule religion (or as midgetsnowman pointed out; christianity) has about LGBT's?

edited 12th Nov '13 4:11:26 PM by Antiteilchen

shimaspawn from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
Nov 12th 2013 at 6:17:28 PM

[up][up] The study had 0 homosexual couples who were together raising their children. As such it can't really say jack shit about how homosexual couples raise children. It didn't include any of them in the study.

Instead it used couples where someone cheated with someone of the same sex and called them homosexual.

edited 12th Nov '13 6:18:26 PM by shimaspawn

Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -Philip K. Dick
Morgikit Mikon :3 from War Drobe, Spare Oom Relationship Status: What's love got to do with it?
Mikon :3
Nov 12th 2013 at 6:31:33 PM

Sounds like homophobe propaganda at its finest.


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