Is homophobia a well rehearsed distraction used on forums such as this by theists and religionists in order to avoid discussion of the argument "There is no God?" ?
I'm sick and fed up of every discussion being sidelined by homophobia or UFO's or whatever? If these topics were kept in their own space then that would be fine as those that wanted to discuss it could but it feels like a virus, an illness that infests these pages.
I think it is deliberate, planned and a strategy used because in the end homophobia is becoming an almost identifiable religion in it's own right with Secular, Christian and Islamic denominations - Sort of like a mini C of E but based on bigotry and hatred instead of platitudes.
The homophobes always seem to come up short when it comes to real argument and come up very short when asked for evidence - This definitely sounds like religion to me.
I understand confusion when it comes to homosexuality as I feel that myself but bigotry is inexcusable. I think the homophobes need religion to justify their stance because every other justification has slowly been taken away from them.
It seems to be principally atheists that have taken the fight to the homophobes but it's the theists and religionists that are coming out badly because it is their cause that is being besmirched because they are are not in the fight. I would understand theists and religionists not standing up for homosexuality but what I cannot understand is them not standing against bigotry aimed at homosexuals (I am generalising and I may of missed a theist in the fight [If so I apologise] but I just glaze over when it comes to this ping pong fight with vicious overtones). If religion drives the homophobes out from under the shelter of it's wings then bigotry will lose.
I suspect that until homophobia is driven out of polite society that it will be nearly impossible to have a reasoned and reasonable discussion about homosexuality and homosexuals.
It would help if homosexuals were not quite and strident as they appear to have become. They have won most of the battles they needed to and have the majority on their side. Their new battle is to keep the goodwill of the general public and a less strident tone might do them more good in the long term.