I understand what you are saying. Although I do think this would be the case with or without the church teaching it. School-kids are not exactly the most enlightened groups. You will always have parents that are bigots. In fact, even though I remember feeling the same as you said you were taught in an earlier post, that homosexuality was immoral and abnormal, I was never taught that in the church despite that being its stance and me going to a parochial school. It honestly never came up, nor did sexual education in general. Back then the movies were far less progressive, I can remember rap sons like "no Vaseline" by Ice Cube or "one in a Million" by Guns-n-roses were it is used as an insult, and the playground is where you do most of your learning.<quoted text>
Imagine if you were a minority demographic, let's say the demographic of bald men, and the majority demographic, men with hair, all held the belief that going bald was a sign of stupidity. Now imagine you are a teenager that goes bald prematurely, maybe the only bald teen in your school. You're stupid because you're bald. You can try to fake it, put on a wig of luscious hair, but everyone already knows you're bald. You can't choose to have hair. You can try to pray the bald away, but it doesn't work. You start to believe you really are stupid because everyone believes that to be the case. I don't think baldness is a sign of stupidity, in fact, I stand out in opposition of this belief. I'm not even bald. For every person that says baldness is a sign of stupidity, I point out that holding that belief is a sign of irony.
I don't know if that was good at all, as I am getting sleepy and my arms are hurting from power typing.
I think the church has contributed to overall societal bias and that is wrong considered they have hypocritically singled out one of 665 sins and conveniently one they know they won't commit. But the unfortunate truth is people learn to become prejudiced normally long before that. Most people don't even get serious about their religion until adulthood. It is then that it is used as an excuse to hate. It is why the younger generations being more progressive is going to finally start turning the tide where society will simply be looked at like people are people. You gotta give the younger generation one thing, the ability to care about nothing one way or the other sometimes works despite itself.
But the days of the bigot are ending. Another 100 years as the races are more mixed and homosexuality means nothing then people will look back and shake their heads at their unenlightened ancestors. I am not a republican, never been a republican. I actually feel bad for some of the moderate ones who have been overrun by the tea-party.He said people have all these excuses why they lost the election. Some being that they weren't aggressive enough! He said B.S. He said what some of his party can't understand is people are sick of government figures judging their private lives and being in their bedroom. He was 100% right. If people want to survive they will change or get left behind because the rest of society is putting bigotry slowly in the past, and that even includes newer people int he faith. JMO